The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Monday, March 30, 2015

Eyes to See

Elder Anthony reminded me that we have been out for six months.  He said I am afraid that we will stop seeing the marvelous things around us.  I was thinking how easy the newness wears off and the things that use to seem so new and exciting become the norm and not seen.  I hope we don't take for granted the uniqueness of Washington DC and forget to see the wonders all around us.

This blog entry reminded me of a part of President Uchtdorf's talk.  Maybe we get so use to seeing our own sins that we don't notice that we need to change.  He said, "none of us likes to admit when we are drifting off the right course. Often we try to avoid looking deeply into our souls and confronting our weaknesses, limitations, and fears. Consequently, when we do examine our lives, we look through the filter of biases, excuses, and stories we tell ourselves in order to justify unworthy thoughts and actions.
But being able to see ourselves clearly is essential to our spiritual growth and well-being. If our weaknesses and shortcomings remain obscured in the shadows, then the redeeming power of the Savior cannot heal them and make them strengths.12 Ironically, our blindness toward our human weaknesses will also make us blind to the divine potential that our Father yearns to nurture within each of us.
"So how can we shine the pure light of God’s truth into our souls and see ourselves as He sees us?
"May I suggest that the holy scriptures and the talks given at general conference are an effective mirror we can hold up for self-examination.
"As you hear or read the words of the ancient and modern prophets, refrain from thinking about how the words apply to someone else and ask the simple question: “Lord, is it I?”
"We must approach our Eternal Father with broken hearts and teachable minds. We must be willing to learn and to change. And, oh, how much we gain by committing to live the life our Heavenly Father intends for us.
"Those who do not wish to learn and change probably will not and most likely will begin to wonder whether the Church has anything to offer them." Oct. Conference 2014 "Lord is it I?"
May I be able to see where I need to change. 


  1. This happened to us but suddenly -- 3 months before we returned we began realizing all the things we would miss and it was all "new" again.

  2. Thank you for sharing such great words