This is something that has been on my mind for a while now, but I just haven’t known how to put it all into words. I feel like it’s important, so I’m going to do my best to articulate the craziness that is my brain.
Life can feel overwhelmingly discouraging. I feel safe inside my little world, but beyond my bubble there is severe political unrest, women and children who are victims of sex trafficking, countries at war, murder, drug abuse, pornography, daily tragedies that make the news, and countless diabolical plots-in-the-making. Sometimes the world just feels so…dark.
Striking a healthy balance between being informed about current events, but also maintaining my faith in humanity feels, well, impossible.
To add to that, those voices that oppose the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren’t getting quieter; they are louder than ever. I can’t even get on the internet these days without feeling bombarded by such voices that criticize, mock, and belittle the core of my beliefs.
And you know what? It really bothers me. It bothers me that those who haven’t honestly researched the doctrines of the Gospel in the right places (The Book of Mormon, LDS.org, etc.) feel they have the right to declare it false. It bothers me that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often get accused of being closed-minded, when our adversaries are too close-minded to really listen to what we have to say. It bothers me that some who have left the Church for whatever reason have made it their life mission to likewise draw as many away from the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It bothers me that anti-Mormon literature is so ignorantly read and valued as truth. It bothers me that stereotypes are assigned to members of the Church with no regard to diversity that exists within this great organization. It bothers me that our missionaries are sometimes treated like they aren’t even human. It bothers me that our prophet can be regarded as anything but charitable and accepting. It even bothers me that all this bothers me at all!
There’s just this constant opposing force, and unfortunately, it’s not going away. In fact, it’s only going to get worse.
This seems to be going in a pretty dismal direction, huh? Don’t worry, here comes the hopeful part…..
My mom teaches Gospel Doctrine and she recently taught about the prophet Elisha and his terrified servant. They were surrounded by the entire Syrian army. Can you imagine more depressing odds?
That young servant of Elisha’s felt understandably terrified. He cried out as he digested the number of soldiers they were up against, wondering what on earth they were going to do.
To his frightened and discouraged servant, Elisha responded, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 Kings 6:16).
Then He prayed that the Lord might open his servant’s eyes “that he may see.”
As the scriptures say, “the Lord opened the eyes of the young man;
and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about
Elisha (2 Kings 6:17).
That terrified servant beheld the divine means of support and protection. He literally saw this grand heavenly army that would save him and the dear prophet.
This story is a good reminder that we are likewise supported and protected as we face our own modern-day “Syrian armies.”
Sister Sharon G. Larsen said, “When we are on the Lord’s side, regardless of numbers or worldly power, we are in the majority.”
So to anyone who feels helpless in this ongoing war against evil, to anyone who feels their testimony is too vulnerable to withstand the opposing voices, just remember: “They that be with us are more than they that be with them.”
The armies of heaven are truly with us every single day. Angels on both sides of the veil run to our rescue. Because of that, we can feel hopeful instead of helpless.
I’ve been praying for my own eyes to be opened so that I, like Elisha’s servant, can truly “see” my heavenly advocates.
Let me end with this: The Gospel is true, Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World, and God always wins.