I don't talk about the Gospel too much.
Maybe because sometimes I forget what it means to me.
And all the blessings that come from it.
But today I remembered a lot of reasons why it is important to me.
As significant events happen in my life, I am reminded that the Lord is in the little moments that have led up to and prepared me for all those big moments.
1. I am grateful for the organization of the Church.
Last week, my roommate bore her testimony about how we need organized religion.
A company wouldn't run without organization.
In the same way, the Gospel can't go forward without being organized.
I am grateful for what that gives to me.
2. I am grateful for the Priesthood.
For the sacred ordinances that it allows us to perform.
For Priesthood blessings.
For leadership and inspiration when I can't hear it on my own.
3. I am grateful for the Atonement.
For my Savior who forgives me and makes me clean again.
For a Redeemer who loves me in spite of my failings and is able to lift me up and help me be better.
4. I am grateful for a Bishop.
A Bishop Benson in particular.
Today, as he was released and another man took his place, I was able to look back across the past 3 years and see just how much he has affected me.
I have grown in ways I never thought possible as he has taught me and guided me back to my Heavenly Father when I was lost.
I have come to understand even better the love that my Heavenly Father has for me through this good man's love and humility and patience and guidance.
I don't know what I would have done without him these past few years.
The Lord puts certain people into our lives at certain times for a reason.
And I don't have enough fingers to count all the reasons why I know Bishop has been in my life.
More than just a bishop, that man has been a father to me when mine was so far away.
I can honestly say that the moments sitting and talking in his office are more valuable to me than anything else that has happened in the past 3 years.
5. I am grateful for a living Prophet who leads and guides this Church.
What a blessings his words are to me.
They bring safety and peace in times of confusion and turmoil.
And they bring understanding and clarity to principles of righteousness.
6. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me.
I am His child.
And He loves me enough to give me opportunities to learn everyday.
Sometimes those opportunities hurt.
But as I pray, I can see more and more how they are helping me grow.
7. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon.
I learn something new from it every day that brings me closer to my Savior.
Those are my thoughts.
They make me strive to be a better person each day.
Because I believe.