Saturday, March 5

Thriving. Not Just Surviving. are that they might have joy.

Have I mentioned recently how amazing life is? I know. Sometimes I am awfully and completely depressed. But today, with the sun shining and birds singing, I'm happy to be alive. Today it feels like anything is possible.

I'm reminded of the importance of keeping all of God's commandments - including the one to be happy. Christ commanded us to be of good cheer, to share our burdens with him, and to have peace... and in Nephi it clearly relates that God will give no commandment without also creating a way by which that commandment can be fulfilled.

For me, the biggest issue has been being willing to give the Lord all my worries. I worry about living up to the promises He's given me. I worry about affecting people. I worry about being a gay Mormon guy and dating and girls and relationships and Church callings and everything. And worst of all, I sometimes worry about if the Lord will actually keep His part of the promise. Turning to Him, and relying on Him, the answer is always clear. Put the Lord and His commandments first, and everything else will work out for the best. Not just work out - it will work out for the best.

So that's how I live my life. One day at a time, putting my faith in God, and reveling in the sunshine when it shows between the clouds. Tomorrow will be a new day, but while today lasts I will do my best to make it my own. To seize the moment, count my blessings, wish upon a falling star, climb mountains, build hopes and dreams... and thrive.

It's good to be alive.


  1. Just wanted to say I think what you're doing is WONDERFUL! I don't even know you but I'm very proud of what you're doing and I'm sure Heavenly Father is proud of you as well! Keep doing what you're doing and I'm sure everything will work out for you. It always does for me!

  2. I just read your peice on CJane's blog, thank you so much for your honesty and bravery.

  3. Thank you for writing this. It touched my heart. I find that we're all fighting some type of battle. And I'm proud of you for remaining stalwart. You're an inspiration to many.

  4. Thanks for your blog and especially for this today! Your faith and perseverance are such an inspiration to me.

    This post especially lifted my spirits. I've been frustrated and angry and desperate about some things lately and as I prayed about it a few days ago I felt the gentle nudge that it was my hanging on to those feelings that kept me feeling that way. I felt that I would feel happy and hopeful if I was willing to humble myself and CHOOSE to be. He'd do the rest.

    Sure enough, He kept His promise (as he always does) the second I chose to do things His way.

    Keep up the fight. You have many friends (lurkers like me) who support you. Thanks for being true to who you are--all facets of who you are--and being brave enough to forge a new way for yourself.


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