Classic Moms Paper #1: Who I want to Become?

I believe there is "Ultimate Truth" in this world and that truth comes from God to those who sincerely seek it in faith. I have been praying to receive knowledge and wisdom in order to answer the question, "Who I want to become?" I have had many thoughts come to me about "Being" instead of "Doing." In the scriptures God describes himself as the great "I AM." "I am," is a powerful statement. It is a statement of creation and purpose.


I have been led and guided to study the words of Julie B. Beck. She has often repeated two things that I feel are true and important for me personally in knowing who I want to become. The first is that "The Lord wants His daughters to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need."

The next statement is: "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act upon personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life."

Julie B. Beck
As I have thought about these two statements I also attended a church meeting where a leader gave a talk about a man named Nephi who was commanded to build a ship to cross the ocean. The scripture is in 1 Nephi 18:2-3: Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men. And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.

This leader explained, "Nephi didn't build after the manner of men. He built after the manner of the Lord. What ship are you building? Is it after the manner of men or after the manner of the Lord? Your challenge in this life is to do what the Lord would have you do and build the ship for you, your family, and your children with the Lord. You'll still be on the ocean, you'll still go through storms, BUT you get to choose your ship. Some will say, 'I don't like the storm!' We can't change that, BUT we can choose our ship."

I have been striving daily to be able to qualify for, receive and act on personal revelation from God in order to increase my faith and personal righteousness, strengthen my family, and help those in need. I have good intentions and many days I get up early, pray, read my scriptures, write in my journal, and receive guidance for my day. But there are other times when something interrupts, or I have a late night, so my morning starts later and I don't do what I should in order to have the spiritual guidance I need. I know my days go better when they start with putting God first. Those are the days that I feel guided to call someone or they call me, to do something unusual that I hadn't considered before, or change my plans and follow a different path. Those are the days I have more patience with my family. Those are the days when I feel peace even in the midst of chaos. I know that with the guidance of my Heavenly Father I am becoming who He wants me to become, serving those around me, and being prepared for the future.

To be worthy to receive, understand and act on truth is who I want to become. I know that as I seek to know and do God's will I am blessed and guided in my daily life, and I allow God to use me as an instrument in his hands for good in the lives of those around me. Who do I want to become? The following two quotes sum up my answer to that question:

"Our wills constitute all we really have to give God anyway. The usual gifts and their derivatives we give to Him could be stamped justifiably "Return to Sender," with a capital S." Neal A Maxwell.

"God, I offer myself to Thee--to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!" Big Book p. 63



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