oh how He loves us

I feel so beyond grateful and blessed to be a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. the road has certainly been a rough one, but I know that I have always been led in the right direction. being a member of this church can be difficult at times, not because I can’t keep the commandments, but because it means holding myself to a much higher standard. and when I fall short, I get frustrated with myself. it is so amazing to me to have a Heavenly Father who loves us so dearly. I can’t even begin to understand the love He has for me and all my brothers and sisters. I have felt that love when I’m in lessons with the elders or sisters and it is such an undeniable and amazing thing. it just gives me a small glimpse of the way He loves us. 
I am constantly reminded of His love by everything around me. just by being able to wake up each and every morning, to have the strength to get through the day, to have a job and go to school. there are so many things that I am blessed to have and it’s so important for me to remember that.
I have been having a really hard time lately, not with the gospel or the church or anything like that. but with the small things. daily prayer and scripture study. i am working on it, but it’s just been so hard lately and I’m not sure why. I know that those are the most simple things, but they truly set the tone for our lives and the way we live them. I know that when i start my day or end my day by reading the scriptures, I just feel better. I’m able to feel the spirit so much better and so much stronger. it is so wonderful and such a blessing to have that constant companionship and it is something that I need to strive for each and every day. 
having the temple so close is a huge deal, there are so many people who don’t have a temple so close to them and I need to not take it for granted as much. I need to take advantage of it much more. I love the temple so much and being able to go and being worthy is one of the best feelings ever and I don’t ever want to lose that. it’s the one place that I can go to and forget everything outside of those walls. it’s the place where I can feel my dad and satch with me and know that they are always watching over me. 
I know that repentance is real and that we can’t put it off. Heavenly Father is waiting for us to come to Him and repent. He loves us so much and wants us to come back to Him. He will always love us no matter what and He sent Jesus down to be our Savior and we can’t take that for granted. he paid the price for all of us and it is such an amazing and beautiful thing to know that no matter what mistakes we have made, we can always be forgiven. 
I fall short each and every day, but I know that no matter what, Heavenly Father is always there with me, waiting, longing for me to come to Him in prayer. I am so grateful for such a loving, kind Heavenly Father and an amazing, perfect older brother, Jesus Christ, who was willing to bear all of our burdens and sins on his shoulders. I love this gospel and know without a doubt that it is true and I couldn’t be more grateful for those who have helped me along the way.

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