In the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace” there is a phrase that has been running through my mind continually today:
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
T’was Grace that brought me safe thus far,
and Grace will lead me home.
– John Newton, “Amazing Grace“
This past weekend I was encircled by such powerful feelings of peace, love, acceptance and kindness as I attended and participated in the 187th Semi-annual LDS General Conference.
This morning I awoke with my nation to horrifying news of the most deadly mass-shooting attack in US History to date.
No two events could ever be so diametrically opposed.
It is a stark reminder of the many dangers, toils and snares we must navigate in these last days. My heart aches for all those who are directly and indirectly suffering from this tragic, senseless event. I pray for the “peace that surpasses all understanding” to be with them, and to be with us as a nation.
I think David Archuleta did a beautiful job expressing how I feel with his response to the tragedy in Las Vegas. He shared the faith and hope he gained from General Conference this weekend and how it helps his perspective of today’s tragedy.
By the way, I stood right next to David backstage before the conference session began (and yes, Archuleta fans, he is still just as cute as ever). I felt it would be inappropriate to act like a “groupie” at such a sacred religious event. So, I didn’t ask to take a selfie with him. I politely said “hello!” and smiled, and then went to my seat. #regret 😉
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Every 6 months I take a little weekend break, wherever I might be, to listen to my church's world conference. Yesterday I was able to attend in person. My heart hurts hearing about another shooting in Vegas. In a world where so much is going on, with natural disasters, shootings, hate, wars, depression and anxiety, fears, and so many other things going on we ask ourselves "Where can I turn for peace? Where is my solace?" That's what speaker Jean B Bingham talked about in the conference yesterday morning. Sometimes it's hard to trust. But there is a source of healing, and that is from Christ. Jean Bingham also mentioned there is a way to become free from the constraints of our own misunderstanding. Well, how? One way I've gained it is watching and listening to men and women of God in these conferences. I loved how a big emphasis was on trust and to "lean not unto [our] own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5-6) my love is with the victims of the recent Vegas shooting, and also with the many still recovering from the natural disasters. I'm left asking however (as powerful as prayer is) what more can I do than just thinking about them and praying. Let's allow sad things to bring us together, become united and do something to help others. May our prayers turn us to action. We can be the helping hands and the light in even the darkest times of another's life. If you'd like to watch a talk from the conference, I'm putting the link in my bio today. #trust #thoughts #ldsconf #jeanbbingham #prayforlasvegas
Thank you David.