We all struggle with our faith. As millennials, we are bombarded with information coming from every direction and every source. With all this information swirling around the web and accessible from our mobile devices, what we choose to read and watch determines how we get through tough times and whether we turn to someone who knows more people than the largest social network, our Heavenly Father.
We are the a la carte generation. We pick and choose what we want to eat and how we want to eat it and then we share it with the world. Anyone in the world can then talk to us and accept us by liking our post. Instant messaging sometimes feels like instant acceptance.
These quick responses may set up a false expectation that we apply to our Heavenly Father. We expect answers to our prayers to be direct and immediate. Answers from God are not always instantaneous. It takes hard work, determination, and patience on our side as we wait for God to answer us on His time.
Many become frustrated with waiting. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf reminds us that “impatience . . . is a symptom of selfishness. It is a trait of the self-absorbed. It arises from the all-too-prevalent condition called ‘center of the universe’ syndrome, which leads people to believe that the world revolves around them.”
More often than not, the most important things in life take time. Like waiting for a favorite show to load in an app, we might get frustrated, but once it’s done buffering, we get to enjoy the movie.
There is one place we can find answers without having to wait and is completely searchable—the scriptures. The words in the scriptures provide a constant in the ever-changing world. The scriptures are a place we can find that faith and belief to keep us strong.
Besides reading your scriptures, when you want to find and strengthen your testimony, try:
- Praying every morning and night
- Attending the temple regularly
- Paying tithing
- Watching wholesome and inspiring media
- Listening to good music
- Attending church weekly (and putting away your phone during sacrament meeting)
- Going outside in a private place just to think
- Doing something that makes you feel good, like playing basketball or making a craft.
In an uncertain landscape, we know something that will always remain constant, and that is God’s presence and God’s love. He hears us regardless of how many followers we have. When you need an answer from a source you can trust, turn to Him. Heavenly Father is the source of truth and light in our lives. He loves us, and He will always hear and answer us.
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