Hermana Evans

Peru Lima North Mission

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Depths of the Sea

This scripture was shared to me by a friend. It calmed down many of my fears and gave me great comfort. This week was very depressing to me, mostly due to post election crisis and other personal worries and challenges I have had. It’s found in Ether 6:6-7

“And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.

“And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did brig them forth again upon the waters.”

I love the promises here that no matter how many times we are pushed down into the depths of the waters, every time we raise our voices to God, he will answer us and brings us to light and to safety. Sometimes while we are in those deep dark waters, it is easy to think that there is no way God will bring us up again after how many times we have already asked for relief from out struggles. It is easy to get discouraged and distracted by all the pain we see and experience. It is hard to imagine a God at the same time who will lead us to such dangers, bringing families down at the same time, until we remember just how many times he will and does lift us up every time we call upon his name.

I think it is really important to remember these things and trust that the path that he is leading us down is long and hard and sometimes it’s hard to see the light. But, he will always lead us to light and safety when we trust in him and follow him and believe on his word.


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The True Source of Joy

In my Book of Mormon class we have been talking a lot about the different antichrists that we find in the Book of Mormon. There’s Nehor, Sherem, and Korihor, just to name a few. An antichrist is someone that replaces the need for Christ, or denies his importance or existence. When we take Christ out the equation, we loose so much.  We lose redemption, joy, salvation, agency, just to name a few.

Contrasting that with the beautiful and praising passages from Alma 36, it’s hard to believe that someone would ever want to replace Christ or not have him a part of their lives. Alma 36 particularly resonates with me because I find myself often times in dark times of suffering as did Alma.

When Alma raises his voice and cries out to the Savior to be delivered from his pain, then and only then, did he receive joy and light as powerful and deep as was the pain he felt before. Anything we receive from Satan as a replacement of that will never fill the uttermost pains that we suffer here in mortality, whether it be consequences of our own actions and sin, or just part of life itself.

I know that my Savior provides true joy and true wholeness. We can be completely clean and free of whatever beset and tied us before. I know this because I have lived this. This chapter in Alma brings me so much peace because it is such a  beautiful pattern on how to feel God’s love when we feel like we have done so much wrong.