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Beliefs are Beautiful Things

Today was fast and testimony meeting at church. As I watched people testify of what they believe to be true, I realized beliefs are beautiful things. One lady testified how her belief in Jesus Christ and the Resurrection gave her hope that she would one day be reunited with her deceased mother again. A man testified how his belief that Jesus Christ had purified him from his past sins gave him strength and the ability to feel the spirit again. A visitor stood to testify that those who mourn for loved ones lost will eventually feel the sadness lessen and life will get better. She lost her husband 4 years ago and it is finally getting easier. Another gentleman testified how he knew the church was true. Another woman testified how she knew the LDS church was the only true church and place where people can find peace. And another man testified that he knew we had living prophets on earth today and how wonderful to know that he has God's will and doctrine for him.

I like listening to people's beliefs. They are diverse. I have no desire to dictate anyone's beliefs for I believe that so long as your beliefs don't impinge on mine, nor harm anyone or thing, they are beautiful. Beliefs help people find meaning. From listening to people testify, I can tell that they provide lots of comfort too. My beliefs do exactly that for me, but it hasn't always been so. For many years I simply adopted the beliefs of others as I thought that was what I was "commanded" to do. I wanted to be obedient and good. Wise people came into my life that helped me see the wisdom in putting down any belief that doesn't empower me personally. I learned that we get to choose what we believe and beliefs create our reality. Since that awakening, I've been very thoughtful with my beliefs. I actually am less concerned about what I believe and defining and defending them. I like to just BE, and let others BE too. The Beatles nailed it once again, Let it Be. :)

My beliefs do not require anyone to agree or believe what I believe. I always enjoy hearing what people think and believe, but when our beliefs are different, I no longer think I am right and they are wrong. I realize that there are many ways and there is no one right way. If your beliefs aren't empowering, I encourage you to change them. Put down beliefs that keep you down. Upgrade them. Everyone deserves beliefs that make them fly so I guess I shouldn't say beliefs are beautiful things. I should say "beliefs that empower are beautiful things."


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