Showing your faith to family, friends and even strangers is a terrifying thing and it makes you incredibly vulnerable but it is the biggest testifier! Elder Nelson says that "faith is the antidote for fear", and I was absolutely terrified to have what would be horrible conversations with my family and to even tell them I was being baptized. I had countless conversations that went terrible, ones where they told me it was crazy and I was crazy and that they were worried I would pull away from the family and not love them anymore. I had some friends send me angry messages and some just slowly stop talking to me. Faith is what got me through those situations and my faith grew an amazing amount after each conversation I had.
Showing them daily in small and simple things that I was still the same person, and a sober person at that, helped them realized that I was still Dana, justDana 2.0. I used to have a lot of temporary fixes for my life problems and alcoholwas the biggest fix for me. After quitting that and showing my family that I was able too, it helped them see the light in me that I now carried, and the amazing difference the Gospel made in my life. My life was starting to get tied to the Gospel, which was the first solid and sturdy thing it had been tied to in a very long time. They started noticing that I was making better decisions and was even a happier person in general. The level of happiness I have after joining the Gospel is one I didn’t even know was possible, and if you share your knowledge and faith, people will see it. In 3 Nephi 12: 16 Jesus says,” Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” My family is starting to see my light, which comes from the Lord, and this is the same thing that was my guiding light through the darkest challenges I faced.
By sharing my faith with my family it helped me trust in Heavenly Father so much more and it helped my fear start to disappear. Do not be afraid of trials and tribulations, you cannot avoid them and they will come and sometimes a lot will come all at once. These will only help you strengthen your faith and help you grow in the Gospel. It has been a hard 6 months of being baptized, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. It gets easier every day and my faith continues to grow everyday. Elder Nelson quotes President Thomas Monson saying, “Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with [faith] have courage as well.”
|June 22nd midnight, Fairbanks, Alaska|
This is something everyday that I do and that every one can do to show Heavenly Father's light. You can carry that light with you. You don't even have to preach to the people around you but it's a form of missionary work because I can testify to you that people will want to know why you are so happy and why you have such a light about you. Your friends and family will see this amazing change in you and see how much happier you are now. This change is the gospel in your life and it's the path you are on because of it. Heavenly Father always has a plan and it's our agency that keeps us on it. My branch president asked me the other day how it's been since I've joined the church and my reply was, "it's been a hard 7 months but I wouldn't change it for the world, I love the church and I love who I am in the church." I don't know if I've ever felt this level of happiness, the ups and downs will always be there no matter if you are a member or not.
|Anchorage Alaska Temple|
Dana is one of my close friends whom I met in Arizona. She is an awesome example of the Gospel, and an amazing girl!! She lives in Fairbanks and is the funniest person you will meet! To chat with her some more, or ask her a question, comment below! :)