Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Part 2: Pressing forward

Part 2: Pressing Forward


In Part One, I introduced myself and my personal battle struggling with emotional difficulties, and why we need the Atonement of Jesus Christ.


In Part Two, I seek to emphasize the "what" and "how" of applying the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.



Friday, March 14, 2014

Part 1: My Story

Introduction.
The past twenty-two months of my life have been spent in the service of helping others in the Utah Ogden Mission as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In an attempt to raise awareness and understanding for emotional complexities, I have decided to open up about my own experiences handling feelings of depression and anxiety. The purpose of this post is to reach out to others who may be struggling with same issues, and provide a message of increasing faith and hope to overcome adversity. I would invite you to share this post through a social network with anyone who you think could benefit.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

When the door slams


That one mile by two mile box I serve in as a missionary.
And the multiple appointments that cancel.
And the icy roads we walk on.
People that don't follow through.
And the phone calls that don't return.
I remember I live in the Mormon Capital of the world,
of course everyone has heard this message before.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Things Not Seen

Think nothing of the hundreds of miles between you and the hard surface of the earth.
Relying on resistance of the laws of gravity by a series of electric instruments that propel you at hundreds of miles to your desired destination.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Seek Him

how do you know God is real? 

How do you know the wind is there? 

Sure you can read it in a book and have all of the scientific facts and evidence, but until you feel the wind blow for yourself. How would you describe it to others? Windy?


You can't see it,
but you can feel it.



Imagine your life journey as marathon, and we run from one destination to the next,
 full of wonderful things such as our families, educational advancements, and career opportunities, sports games, various forms of entertainment, with our ear buds jammed in our ear canals playing wonderful tunes, and experiences with our close circle of friends, with many beautiful places to travel. 

In the midst of our life journey...

Would be able to notice the gentle whispering breeze?

Only if we stopped and listened.
God works the same way.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I and the rest of the members hold a  unique perspective of this life close to our hearts.

That our lives did not begin at birth, and does not end at death.
God is our Father. We are His children. He loves us.
Life is a journey to be filled with wonderful moments and experiences.
And our life is a test. To prove ourselves to return back to him someday.
Heartbreak and sorrow occur.
But in the midst of the broken moments, when we do falter, when are unsure.

We are commanded by a loving Father.
To seek Him.



Romans 8:16

 "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God."




Jeremiah 29:13:
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, 
when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

"...seeking God with all our hearts implies much more than simply offering a prayer or pronouncing a few words inviting God into our lives....We increase our love for our Heavenly Father and demonstrate that love by aligning our thoughts and actions with God’s word. 

His pure love directs and encourages us to become more pure and holy. 


It inspires us to walk in righteousness—not out of fear or obligation but out of an earnest desire to become even more like Him because we love Him.

. The first step to walking in righteousness is simply to try. 
We must try to believe... and do the things He asks of us. Try and keep on trying until that which seems difficult becomes possible—and that which seems only possible becomes habit and a real part of you.

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, read the rest >> here <<


Not only do we seek Him for help. 
But I have hope and assurance knowing.
He wants me to come back.
He is not there to fix what is broken,
but to guide us,
raise us from our mortal sight,
and fill us with His love. 

We then in turn share that love with others.
And that is what I am doing here on a mission.

Questions to consider:

What evidence do you have of God's love?
What do you feel your purpose in life is?
Who do you know that could benefit from this message?

Email your insights and commentary to me at steven.ellsworth@myldsmail.net












Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Believe

The world was full of magic.

It would begin after Thanksgiving, the Christmas carols, browsing my grandmother's fat newspaper, full of toy specials, picking just the right items to request to Santa Claus. I believed he would receive my letter. Elementary class Christmas projects, ornaments for the tree, Christmas parties, family parties, popcorn balls, smells of cinnamon, choir specials, nativity reenactments. The fervid devotion to the belief in Santa Claus.

I had to be good to get presents. I'm sure it was my parent's favorite holiday for that very reason. Lights adorning the rooftops of neighbors houses. No, we had no snow, but the excitement still resonated in my childish heart. Up until the final night we would set out a plate of cookies on Christmas Eve night, as an offering for this amazing man's cause. I hoped. I believed. It brought me joy, and it was magical. The feeling of joy knowing the following morning presents would appear from no where. I was with those I loved. I was safe.

And then you grow up,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What can I give Him?

"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, 
 earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 
 snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, 
 in the bleak midwinter, long ago."
 "What can I give him, poor as I am? 
 If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; 
 if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; 
 yet what I can I give him:  

give my heart."

What a beautiful time of year it is.
A time of reflection,
gratitude,
family,
peace,
love,
hope,
resolution.

A time to believe.
I believe in Jesus Christ.
I know He is real, and for me, this time of year is to celebrate his Birth.

In our chaotic world, and fast paced lives. 
We can choose to allow this message to work in our lives.

I am able to continually change my heart.
My hurt. My sorrows. My fears,
dissipate like the clouds parting as the sun breaks through.


Receiving divine strength to push through my challenges, and difficulties.

I testify, He is real.
Maybe you've always believed in Him.
Perhaps your faith is wavering,
or you are indifferent towards Him.


I invite you to learn of Him, and let Him in.
More than the beautiful lights, and perfectly wrapped presents,
is a message of this season.

That brings lasting joy, 

He. Lives.

Click HERE for a beautiful Christmas Hymn, and free download.

And watch this beautiful presentation.
Who do you know that would benefit from this message?
What role has the Savior played in your life?