Today I was talking to my son’s teacher. I have always felt that she sincerely loved and cared about his progress but today I came out discouraged. I thought, “What am I doing wrong? I’ve tried everything! How do I show him how important school is right now? How do I encourage him to love learning, to appreciate the mentors around him who desperately want him to succeed.” Just as I was silently venting my frustrations the scripture in 2 Nephi came to my mind. “The Holy Ghost shows all things that you should do.” Just ask! For me, this was a specific question on how I can help my son in this particular situation. I know it’s a process, but I can be directed even in this small and simple thing. This actually applies to everything in our lives. When Moroni said “By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things,” I think he really meant ALL THINGS. (Moroni 10:5). I walked on with a little more confidence. Not really in myself, or because I had suddenly been given every answer on how to help my son, but I was encouraged because the fear and frustration was gone. I could trust in my ability to find answers through the Spirit.
We really don’t serve others or ourselves by acting in fear or frustration. Excessively worrying about an issue or situation doesn’t show everyone how responsible we are, how much we care, or how compassionate or nice we are because we stress and fuss over the issues that come up in our life. In fact, it makes finding solutions to our problems foggier sometimes. We should be just as quick to turn to our Heavenly Father as we are to whip out our phones to chat with family or friends about things that are going on in our lives.
When my youngest sister completed her mission in Guatemala, my family and I traveled to pick her up and meet the people and places she had grown to love for the past 18 months. During the first night that she was officially not with her companion, I heard her roll off the bed and she got onto her knees. She sleepily mumbled, “Hermana, we need to say prayers.” She then said a humble prayer and climbed back in bed. It was the middle of the night! She had gotten so used to praying frequently that she was even praying in her sleep! (I think she also thought she was still with her mission companion.) I was so touched to see my little sister quietly show how deeply connected she was to our Heavenly Father. We visited with one beautiful family after another as I watched how she loved and lived in a way that is so conducive to feeling the power of the Spirit in our lives. We could all be incredible agents for good in this way! We always have the choice to have faith or act in fear. Constantly holding a prayer in our heart and living in a way that allows us to feel the promptings given to us will bless our lives and the lives of those around us.