I am currently in a Book of Mormon class that has been very insightful for me. I have read the Book of Mormon many times, and love the content there. I get so much out of it. For those that don't know what the Book of Mormon is, please visit this link and learn more. It is an incredible book comparable to the Bible that will bring much joy into your lives.
Well, one of the biggest things that I have learned this week is about tender mercies. Since reading the first assigned chapter in this week's reading, it seems to come up all the time now. Nephi mentions in the very first chapter that he will write the tender mercies that the Lord shows unto him and his family. Tender mercies are blessings that come from the Lord because he loves us. I have learned in my studies this week that tender mercies can either help us simply see that the Lord is there, but they can also have a larger effect. One being, tender mercies can provide us with strength and wisdom. I have studied it a lot, and I'm grateful for the insights I have gained regarding tender mercies.
Tender mercies also help us see the Lord's hand in our lives and help us be more grateful to him for what he does for us. This is a particular area as I have read this week that I have felt that I need to strengthen. I don't always take the time to thank God for the many things that he does for me and I need to do better. In the past, I have taken the time to record daily those tender mercies and I saw how it changed my outlook on life and helped me be more grateful.
I love my Heavenly Father and I am so grateful for the things he has done for me daily. Sometimes it is as simple as a rainbow on a bad day (this happened to me last week). The tender mercies can also be more profound like an answer to prayer. For my husband and I, it was finding a place to rent in a short amount of time. The blessings and tender mercies are there. We just have to open our eyes to see them.
Here is a video of Elder Bednar talking about tender mercies and explaining them a little better for us.