Saturday, March 16, 2013


A lot of times, when something miraculous happens, we attribute it to "sheer luck" or "coincidence."

Disciples of Jesus Christ know that it is something much more.

President Thomas S. Monson said, "Remember that you are entitled to our Father’s blessings in this work. He did not call you to your privileged post to walk alone, without guidance, trusting to luck. On the contrary, He knows your skill, He realizes your devotion, and He will convert your supposed inadequacies to recognized strengths." (Sugar Beets and the Worth of a Soul)

This quote makes me think of a song from the 2011 EFY Album, "He Knows Me Better," by Jenessa Buttars.  The words might not be 100% right because I typed them from my memory.

He Knows Me Better
It feels like I've only got
a piece of the picture
I'm tryin' to figure out
Just where I fit here
But there is One who sees
All I'm meant to be

In a world of voices
that say they have the answer
I escape the noises
close my eyes and I turn
to the One who sees
all the pieces put together
He knows me better

Sometimes I can't see past
what's on the surface
But He helps me understand
the depth in my purpose
that gives me faith to hold
as my path unfolds

He knows every one of us
is learning as we go
His love is the compass
that guides us home

I consider myself LUCKY to know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives and that He suffered for all that I have and will ever go through.

This was quoted in this month's Ensign article, The Enabling Power of the Atonement. Elder Holland originally stated this here: Come Unto Me.

Some other quotes about luck that I like:

"In every prayer that children hear, there should be thankfulness expressed for God’s hand in all things, for evidences of his presence and influence. He is the God before whom man bows; to him we make acknowledgment and to none other. We live in a world dominated by the concept of 'Lady Luck.' Our children too soon learn that much of their success is attributed to being lucky or to chance." How to Teach the Ten Commandments

Spencer W. Kimball counseled an audience of women, "If you succeed, it isn’t because of luck. Success comes from faith and work and prayer and from constant righteous effort. It is a question of agency—of what you choose to do with gifts of God—everything upon the earth, wherein there is life" (Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters, General Conference October 1978). 

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