Thursday, March 3, 2016

Magical World of Institute

Being a college student isn't always the easiest. There are so many things to do: work, homework, student teaching, church, the resemblance of a social life. But even with all the craziness there is one thing that helps me to get everything done, institute. 

When I was in high school, one week for mutual we went to visit an institute. They shared a quote from President Monson. It said, 
"If you are a single college student, I ask you to make participation in institute a priority. Think of it. Friends will be made, the Spirit will be felt, and faith will be strengthened. I promise you that as you participate in institute and study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased. Divine favor will attend those who humbly seek it. That is a promise which I leave with you.” 
When you get a promise from a prophet, I think that it's a good idea to follow. Therefore, I have always tried to make institute a priority in my life. And I can't even begin to count how many blessings I have received from following this council. 

Yesterday in institute I was feeling very discouraged. Life is hard, mistakes are made, happiness sometimes seems fleeting. As the lesson was nearing to an end I still didn't feel much better. But in a moment of inspiration the teacher jumped forward in the lesson to share one quote. "Then, on those days when we feel our progress has halted or our joys and views have grown dim, we can press forward steadfastly in Christ..." (Jeffery R. Holland, This Do in Remembrance of Me). Those were the exact words I needed in the moment. Even when sometimes we feel like we aren't doing enough, if we turn to the Lord, use the Atonement and the Sacrament more fully then we truly can "press forward" and accomplish great things (2 Nephi 31:20).