Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things."

Opposition, usually is never a word that someone wants to hear.  Opposition can come in many forms, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  Sometimes this opposition can be very painful, while other times it doesn't seem painful at all, in fact we are so used to it that we don't even notice it.

Some painful opposition might come because of someone elses choice, which could result in injury or death.  This is something that happened to my family, and for the whole story look on my post about Jeremy Kunz.  Or it may come because of something someone said that was very hurtful.  Just walk down a hall at your local High School to see this happen.  While other opposition can come because we made a mistake, and the road back seems hard and painful.  And that little voice in your head tells you that you can never make it and that you are a failure and you'll never amount to anything.  So why so much opposition?

"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.  If not so, . . . righteousness could not be brought to pass." (2 Nephi 2:11).  There has to be an opposite in all things.  It's like two sides of a stick, you try and pick one end up, and the other follows.  We are here in this life to grow and to become like our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ.  They know our potential, and have commanded to achieve that potential.  I loved this post by one of my friends, he compares this idea to growing jalapenos.  One more thought, is that opposition can be helpful!  Think of gravity.  Our bodies want to be in motion.  They want to go and go and go.  But, there is an opposing force to our bodies just going.  The gravitational force of the earth keeps us down on our feet and in out chairs and in our beds.  If we didn't have this oppostion, then our bodies would just float away!  That would be kind of scary if you ask me!!

Opposition is a true reality.  We cannot run from it, we cannot hide from it, but we are not alone in our battle.  Alma told the people of Gideon about Christ, and that "he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictons and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. . . . and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." (Alma 7:11-12)  Christ knows us, he knows everything we go through, and he knows what we need so we can obtain our potential.  Elder D. Todd Christofferson  explained this well in his April 2011 Conference address.  I know Christ lives and loves each one of us.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Newsies and the Gospel

Once again we take another walk down memory lane as we look at another one of my favorite movies, Newsies.  Yeah that's the one with Christian Bale when he was really young and they called him "Cowboy."  This movie is great!  Tons of singing and dancing for the more artsy folk, it has a nice love story for the romantic, a little bit of rebellion and fist fights for action guy, and for those who like to think while watching a movie, a story of a young man trying to find his place in life. 

Cowboy is an orphan who is tying to make his way in life as a paperboy.  There is a lot of opposition for this young man.  His main goal is to make it to Sante Fe.  If he can just make it out there then he will be set!!  But in the end he realizes something, everything that could make him truly happy in life is right around him!  The friends that he has made have become his family and that is what made him truly happy.

We are a lot like Cowboy.  We feel like there is a goal that if we reach then we have made it!  Whether that is that highend executive job, that 6 figure payment, that house on a private beach, or that magnificent ranch out in Idaho.  But there is an easier path to true happiness.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is there for all to partake of.  He invites us all to come unto him to have rest (Matt. 11:28).  I know that he can bring true happiness into our lives! (Mosiah 2:41)