August 17, 2013

Video: The Tender Mercies of the Lord

Bountiful Temple, lds.org
Friday, I was able to attend the Bountiful Temple with my husband. It was a beautiful, inspirational experience for me. As I sat there in the endowment session, I thanked my Heavenly Father many times for allowing me to be in the temple. It's not that I haven't been there before, but this time I felt so much gratitude in my heart.

As we drove home on the freeway, we could see a fire on the hills in Farmington about 4 miles from our home.

Farmington, Utah fire on hills behind Lagoon, Deseret News
I was alarmed thinking about our two daughters one with a babysitter and the other in Salt Lake, but the fire was not very close. When we arrived home I was anxious and quickly thought about which items we would take if we needed to evacuate. Then a feeling of peace and assurance came over me and I felt all would be well. Thankfully no homes were destroyed. Feeling peace so quickly was a tender mercy for me. I was able to sleep through the night.

The following video talks about the tender mercies of the Lord. Elder David A. Bednar, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, teaches so beautifully how the Savior wants to bless us with personal strength, loving kindness, guidance and many other spiritual gifts.

"But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." 1 Nephi 1:20

As we pause to ponder, we will recognize the many times we've felt the Savior's helping hand in our lives. These are not mere coincidences. We cannot help but feel gratitude for him. I am so thankful for his patience and love for me and my family. I hope you enjoy this Mormon Messages video.

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