The first time you and I met, we were standing on the sidelines of a war.
There were no guns. No violence. Just words.
We leaned into each other as if our lives depended on it.
We chose. We stood strong in our convictions.
“The war was primarily over how and in what manner the plan of salvation would be administered to the forthcoming human family upon the earth” (Bible Dictionary, War in Heaven).
Remember, we said yes to this.
We said yes to Christ.
“Yes, we understand what is being asked of us.”
“Yes, we’re in. We want this. We choose this. We’re in.”
We cheered. And then we wept as Christ held out His plan in front us.
We stood in humility. We stood in awe of His Grace.
We chose Jesus Christ.
Here we are once again. Standing side by side, with the war still in place.
“The warfare is continued in mortality in the conflict between right and wrong; between the gospel and false principles, etc. The same contestants and the same issues are doing battle, and the same salvation is at stake” (Bible Dictionary, War in Heaven).
Although my sojourn might look a little different than yours, the journey of where we came from, why we’re here, and where we’re going is the same.
So what does the war look like today to a teenage girl?
I don’t know what’s happening in your life right now, but God knows. I know He knows.
There are a ton of wrinkles that come with being a teenage girl these days, so let me give you an iron that I’ve used to press against the fabric of life so things might go a little more smoothly.
Here are three words to remember: Hang on tight!
“They came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.” 1 Nephi 8:30
Has there been a time in your life when you’ve had to cling to the rod as you pressed forward?
If you ever have that moment where you think—I’m just gonna let go for a little while, or loosen up my grip—-press forward and hang on tight. Or, if you begin to doubt and wonder what life might be like “over there” —Here are some questions I want you to think about:
What will you replace this with?
What will replace the Savior’s redeeming love?
What will you hold instead of holding onto the word and love of God?
What will save your life?
No matter where you are, the Lord will find you, protect you, and be with you.
Just keep standing close to me. I’m staying right here.
Let’s keep our hands cupped at the tree of life.
Keep standing close to us.
We’re right here beside you just like before. We’re standing shoulder to shoulder in belief.
Remember—We’re with Jesus Christ.
Take time to write: Write down or share in the comment section three symbols of Heavenly Father’s love as you witness this along your journey today.
Art by Chelsea Fuller “The Greatest Gift”