Trying our best / by James Curran

Lately I've been blessed with numerous opportunities to share my story. Whether it's performing my music in front of a crowd of people getting hyped, dancing, and having a good time, or, in a more reverent atmosphere where I can share some of my most precious and spiritual experiences that have shaped who I am, and gotten me to this point in my life.

I can honestly say that this is the most exciting and fulfilling time of my life. Although this situation comes with so many blessings and happiness,  it also comes with exhaustion, increased temptations, and outside hatred. The lows often lead me to question whether or not I'm worthy to continue trying to share the message that I believe is purely filled with love, and has brought me more joy than I could describe in a simple blog post. I often dwell on how imperfect I am, my mistakes, my sins, and think; "I'm in no position to invite others to come unto Christ." 

In my lows I'm comforted by the words of our leaders like Elder Cornish in this last week from LDS General Conference;

"The only opinion of us that matters is what our Heavenly Father thinks of us. Please sincerely ask Him what He thinks of you. He will love and correct but never discourage us; that is Satan’s trick."

"The answers to the questions “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” are “Yes! You are going to be good enough” and “Yes, you are going to make it as long as you keep repenting and do not rationalize or rebel.” The God of heaven is not a heartless referee looking for any excuse to throw us out of the game. He is our perfectly loving Father, who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with Him as families forever. He truly gave His Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life! Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our Heavenly Father intends for us to make it! That is His work and His glory."

I'm very open about how I want to change stereotypes about what a "Mormon" is. That we are all very diverse individuals of all colors, & a group of people that are earnestly striving to love each person on earth as Christ would, regardless of their beliefs or life decisions. Often we focus on having that attitude people towards those who are outside of our church, yet tend to judgmental towards those of our faith. This leads people to feel the pressure of being "perfect" and forget that our Heavenly Father built a plan actually expecting us to fail. Knowing that we would fail, our Father in Heaven provided us with His only begotten son Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life and sacrificed Himself so that we could make mistakes and learn while we prepare for Heaven.

There are so many times in the scriptures where Christ taught us not to judge church members my favorite being in the Bible when he said  “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone..."

All God asks of us is to try our best. "Our best" is based on our own personal circumstances. No one else other than God or Jesus Christ can fully understand that. I beg all of us, including myself, to remember that the standard God has for us is actually trying our best rather than being this perfect picture image that we often hold ourselves to. I also beg each of us, including myself, to remember that we all are striving in our own individual way, and to respect and love others in their flaws the way that we would hope they would respect us. 

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