t’s always good to look back after the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to review what stood out and what was taught during the Conference. So today, let’s highlight a few of the themes that were discussed throughout the April 2021 General Conference.
While we face challenges, loss, and fear in this life, God has promised great things in the future. Hope for those things brings peace as we trust that God will fulfill His promises to us. We can have peace, hope, joy, and more in this life even when things seem hard to bear.
Easter is a time that brings a lot of reflection. I find myself thinking about my standing before God more than other times of the year and about all that Christ did. His life, His mission, His love are all more front of mind, and it makes this time of year sacred.
I’m often amazed at the relationship Christ is willing to have with me. I think we all have moments when we feel unworthy and wonder why Christ would care or does care. But that’s the thing – He does care. He always cares. Even when we walk away from Him, His hand is always there, reaching out to pull us back as soon as we take His hand again.
Repentance is literally our key to returning to our God. It is a gift from Christ through His Atonement to make sure it is possible for us to have agency and to grow and progress without being permanently lost.
Christ shows up in our lives because He loves us and has sacrificed for us. Looking for how He shows up in our lives helps us recognize His love and awareness of us. It helps us see that we matter to Him, even when we fall short or don’t do everything we should.
There are little things that you can do – or might already be doing – that will bring you closer to God, especially when you feel like you don’t measure up or you need to be better.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of looking back on years like they were miserable and frustrating. I’m tired of the good things always being in some abstract future place that doesn’t exist. I’m ready for joy.
Christ is both the Lamb and the Shepherd. He sacrificed for us, and He protects us. Christ’s names – the Lamb of God and the Good Shepherd – are taught in these symbols that were physically present the night of His birth.
What mercies have you seen this year? Let’s look for the good together and share that goodness with others.