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What should have been 12 hours slowly turned into 13 then 14. Eventually 16 hours on the road with my crew driving to places I have never been. For the most part the drive was relatively quiet. The kids played on their devices while I listened to talks and sang loudly to songs of my choosing.

As I looked at my GPS for the 20th time just to make sure I was on the right road and hadn’t missed my turn, I wondered how people made these crazy trips through small towns without these little GPS systems reassuring them at every turn. And if I did miss a turn I was quickly told how to get right back on course. Even when I intentionally made a detour, I was given directions on how to get to my final destination.

This little system gave me peace of mind and I had no reason to stress or worry about which way to go. As long as I did exactly what I was told to do, I drove on in confidence.

I began to see the parallels of this drive and my journey here on earth. My earthly destination is to one day return to my Father above, having learned all that I could while here. I want to grow and become stronger. I desire to become better than my natural self would settle for. It’s a long road. And sometimes a hard one. But the destination is clear.

How do I “check in”, so to speak?  Where do I look to find that constant peace of mind and confidence?

The answer hit me like a ton of bricks. Daily read our scriptures and say our prayers. As we “check in” with God multiple times a day we can rest assured that He will guide us to our final destination. Peace will be found knowing that He won’t let us get too far off track, if we remember to look to Him. Confidence is found in the reassurance that we are doing what God wants us to do.

Over the last year I have finally gained a real understanding of the importance of these things. I used to read my scriptures, most of the time. I said my prayers (often while falling asleep). Slowly (I can be so slow to learn at times), I have come to understand how to study the scriptures and not just read. How to talk to God and not just say the same words

Your needs are great and varied. Each of you is a unique child of God. God knows you individually. He sends messages of encouragement, correction, and direction fitted to you and to your needs.” Henry B Eyring

I did not foresee by constantly striving to really check in that I would have gained greater trust in the Holy Ghost.

That sounds like such an odd thing to say.

Of course I could trust him, right?  But when I would not listen to the promptings and quiet whispering, I showed that I knew better. When I didn’t even try to understand what he was impressing me to understand I was in essence saying I didn’t believe in his ability to help me.

Being too busy to study and too busy to pray, I showed I didn’t really care what he had to say. I was trusting myself. Trusting what I could see.

Just like following my GPS showed my trust in the system, following my God and the impressions He would give me through the Holy Ghost shows my trust for them.  Never have they lead me astray. Sometimes I don’t understand why I’m being guided in a certain direction. But if I remember to consistently come to them, I am given reassurance and peace that they are walking with me on my journey.

And ultimately I pray that they can now trust me just a little bit more. Trust that I will do what I’m impressed to do. Trust that when I get off track I will follow their voice and come back to them.

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  1. I needed this message. Thank you for sharing! It touched my heart.

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