Through the joy of his Son...

I've been getting lazy with actual picture taking (thank you iphone & instagram!).  But I did find some photos that I just love...and I did have something I learned a few weeks past that I wanted to share.  Two totally unrelated things...but here I go!

In the Book of Mormon, in Alma 33, Alma is preaching to a group of people called the Zoramites. I've read this chapter too many times to count, but this time, the last verse stood out to me.

"And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith.  And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life.  And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son.  And even all this can ye do if ye will.  Amen."

Our burdens are light through the joy of his Son.  I thought of the times where I've dealt with burdens- an eating disorder...shyness...severe humiliating acne...break-ups & heartbreaks...school stress...financial strains...rejection...the list could go on (but I don't want to muddle through too many sad memories haha).  Different sorts of "burdens", but they all had a common thread.  Something that ALWAYS gave me comfort was knowing that Jesus Christ is one acquainted with grief.  He knew (knows) how I felt (feel).  He loved (loves) me despite my imperfections/sins/trials/current state/whatever!  Somehow my burdens became bittersweet.  They were still burdens.  But I felt my heart being sealed to the Saviors.  I felt a deeper level of love both for and from Him.  And that felt joyous!

Easter egg dying.
The Springfield Zoo.
Lazy Sunday afternoon.

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