I'm writing this blog from my bed. Peacefully, calmly. No tears are streaming from my eyes. And what's more? I'm not busy making plans to move to Canada. Moving to Canada talk is silly to me, because I love America! I will always be an American. And I will always do my best to support and sustain the ideals that have made America the hope of the Earth.
It is a bit strange to me that I should be feeling such peace right now. I have actually been feeling this peace in my heart so strongly for the last several months, that I incorrectly assumed that my Presidential candidate - Mitt Romney - would win, and in a landslide, too! (I have also been feeling extremely strongly over the last year that we should build up our food storage. So, that one is beginning to make more sense now.)
But, I write this short post for any and all of you who might be feeling disheartened by the news tonight. Might I share something personal with you all?
A clear voice spoke to my heart on Sunday as I confidently contemplated how my candidate was going to win the upcoming election, and how I was going to make a New York style cheesecake with cherry topping to celebrate. (It turned out to be conciliatory cheesecake, but it was still very delicious.) But, back to the message I want to share with you.
That message that came to my mind and heart on Sunday was a simple one. That being this - that no matter what the state of the world or how evil it becomes, it is not man who saves us - but God. It is not man or government policies which bring us peace, only God does that. That's not to say that I don't believe that God doesn't have opinions about certain types of government either. Very, very hard times are sure to be upon us because of the decision our country made tonight. There is no doubt in my mind about that. But, no one need be afraid.
If we put our trust and faith in God, we will be ok.
If we follow God's commandments, we will be ok.
If we follow the voice in our hearts that directs us to do good, we will be ok.
If we love Christ, and take advantage of the atonement that He has provided for us, we will be ok.
If we live providently, and we teach our children principles of truth and freedom, we will be ok.
If we pray for guidance and study God's word, our families will be ok.
Ether 12:4: "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."
And so, that is my brief message for you all tonight. If we do all that stuff I listed up above, regardless of who leads our country, regardless of the hard times that befall us - we will be ok. The Big Guy upstairs is the one who is really in charge - we simply need to make sure we are living on His side of the line, and things will work for our good. Probably not for our ease, or enjoyment, but for our good - most definitely. I pray that each of you who is hurting or feeling afraid tonight finds peace - and soon. Much love to you all.