sunday thoughts

July 19th, 2009 by Kawika Heftel

Just some thoughts on a Sunday afternoon as I sit here on the couch while Ne’ is resting next to me.  As many or all of you know, I have been working at the LDS Motion Picture Studio and I’ve been working on editing audio from the Seminar for New Mission Presidents.  This is where all the new mission presidents come to the MTC for four days of intense training from General Authorities before they go out to preside over their missions for three years.  It really is an amazing thing – they have only a few marathon twelve-hour days to learn how to do their calling, learning from General Authorities and drinking in their instruction firehose-style, before they are sent out across the world.  The second they arrive in their missions, they are in charge and the current mission president becomes the former mission president.  Usually within a day the former mission president is on a plane headed home.  How’s that for feeling inadequate and having to rely on the spirit?

I just read a blog post by a friend of mine and a former coworker, where he explained that he used to pray as a kid, but God never answered, and now as an adult, he feels it is silly to worry about God and where we come from or where we are going.  I posted the following as a comment on his post, and thought I’d share it with all of you.  Consider it my testimony that God lives and loves us despite all that is wrong with the world:

I believe that there IS a point to life, and that there is a God up there who loves us. Yes, I know that seems contradictory with all of the suffering that happens on this planet on a day-to-day basis. But that doesn’t change my belief that God knows each and every one of us by name, and that he will one day make right all that has been wrong here on earth. We are here to learn to be kind to others even when no one is being kind to us. We are here to learn to do good when there is no immediate reward, or even when we take flak for it. I don’t claim to know why infants die from malnutrition in poorer parts of the world, but I know for sure it’s not because they “deserved” it, and I believe God will make up for their innocent suffering on the other side. God ultimately wants us to be happy, and if we soften our hearts and turn to him in times of distress he will hear us, and if we know how to listen we will hear his response. When it seems like he doesn’t answer our prayers and save us from hard things, it is because there is something for us to learn from it. There is no shortcut or easy way to learn and grow, we must put in the work necessary for such growth to happen. And through it all, the triumphs and the sadness, the thrills and the heartaches, God is there, watching us and rooting for us to succeed, but also allowing us to go through hard times so we may grow.

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One Response to “sunday thoughts”

  1. Hi, just wanted to say, I liked this blog post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

    --Glenny, on December 3rd, 2011 at 2:07 am

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