In the New Testament Peter gives the charge to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). In response, this blog is an experimental forum for individuals who have felt the influence of God in their lives to share experiences, thoughts and ideas that may help others understand their reason for hope.
Sharing spiritual perspectives in public requires an amount of humility, faith, and courage. Doing so in writing, however, can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. Writing can help communicate complex ideas more clearly, learn more effectively, and feel more gratitude for the good things in life. Imperfect, awkward, and inconsequential as my own writings may be, they represent some kind of attempt to fulfill Peter’s charge.
I have felt God’s love and believe he is real. I have felt assurance, when I have let go of my desires and concerns and offered my will to Him, that He is aware of me and wants what is in my best interest. I trust in Him and want to be what he wants me to be. I believe that God does not need me “to be mighty, intelligent, well dressed, well spoken, or well inherited” to do His will. He needs me to use the resources and talents he has already allotted me. He needs me to “incline my heart to Him” and to “seek to honor Him by serving Him and reaching out in compassion” and forgiveness to those around me (Dean M. Davies).
I know there are many who quietly suffer inside, feeling broken, dejected, and confused because life has evolved in ways they never anticipated. The message of this blog is that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth in fulfillment of God’s promise:
“I will preserve thee and give thee my servant for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to inherit the desolate heritages.”
“That thou mayest say to the prisoners: Go forth; to them that sit in darkness: show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.”
“They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them” (1 Nephi 21:8-10).
In this life we face the consequences of mistakes, failure, the poor choices of others, and adversity beyond the control of any mortal being. May the content here especially help individuals who feel trapped and sit in darkness to “go forth . . . show yourselves,” and understand how merciful God has been and will continue to be. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings freedom, strength, and liberty. For this reason, the “Mormon Outlook” is one of true hope.
Brian Boyer, Site Manager
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