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The University and the Kingdom of God

This intellectual and spiritual work can be difficult. It can be exhausting. I know some of you are tired. You are not sure you can keep at it. You go ahead and find some stillness today. Gather your strength today. Rest up today, because tomorrow we ride for Zion. And it is not quite Zion if you are not there.

The Gift of Uncertainty

In this life we know only in part, and in fact the more I learn, the more I see that I do not know. But I also believe that God knows us completely, that in our uncertainty we can accept God’s love for us as certain and constant. We may not know how God will turn our stones to light, but we can have hope that God will turn our stones to light.

Choose to Trust the Lord

In walking my path, I have been given the opportunity to choose to love and obey the Lord, even when I have felt sometimes forsaken. I am learning that my faith in the Lord is not conditioned on getting what I want when I want it. Instead, I have worked to develop trust and love for the Lord that is not transactional, but is relational. I love Him for who He is. I trust Him and His love for me. He is my Creator and Savior.

The Transformative Power of Covenants

No matter where we are on the covenant path, regardless of our pace or progress, God loves us and is not willing for any of us to perish. As we journey on the covenant path, the Lord’s long suffering is evidence of his patience and desire to walk the path with us. We are bound to him and he bound to us.

Looking to the Margins: Creating Belonging

What do we see Christ do with the marginalized? As previously mentioned, He ate with them, He walked with them, He cried with them, He healed them, He validated them, and He listened to them. Most important, Christ taught everyone the doctrine of His Father—the doctrine of ultimate liberation: that in Him and through Him alone we are made free from the bondage of sin and death and that in Him we overcome all things.

Finding Your Purpose

If you find yourself struggling at times, if you are in the midst of your long-suffering, take heart and have faith. Believe that you have a divine purpose. Believe that you have unique talents that are unmatched in the world. Work hard and pray. The Lord will help. He will direct you to your best self.

Wrestling with Comparisons

We can notice how false these comparisons most often are—that is, that they are often based on falsehoods and on faulty premises, both of ­others’ making and of our own making. That is worth noting, worth confronting, and worth ­constantly reminding ourselves.

Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Fight!

Can you see that? Can you see that the war against the plan of salvation that started in the life before this one is still going on? And that just as you were fighting it there, you were called to fight it here also? You are part of the Lord’s army. You don’t need to be set apart for that. The call to stand up for the truth is not a Church calling. It is a life calling.

If You Don't Like It, Change It

Christ was the perfect example of someone who understood His purpose. Even though He was doubted, criticized, spit upon, whipped, betrayed by His closest friends, and convicted of a crime He did not commit, He simply did not give up because it was too hard or because people did not believe in Him. Instead He continued till the end because He knew His purpose and He knew His why.

“Always Remember Him”

I invite you to join me in reflecting about the impact this important principle can have in our personal lives. Please consider some of the things we can do to always remember Jesus Christ every single day. The Savior said, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

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