When I was a kid, I always thought I would grow up and then magically, my life would be perfect and my testimony would be solid. I would skip my way down the covenant path to my heavenly home.
I held onto these beliefs well into adulthood. I thought if I did “all the things”–you know, scripture study, church attendance, family home evening, prayer, temple attendance, etc.–I would have a solid relationship with Christ, know my purpose and never have any problems.
Then my family experienced some major challenges. I was perplexed why we were struggling when we were doing everything “right.” This is when God really started to teach me that my “checklist” for gospel living was not going to get me where He wanted and needed me to go.
Checking boxes wasn’t going to help me know the Savior, help others and become who God wanted me to be. I realized I needed a new approach.
In the thick of a devastating trial, I sought for answers and found there was a rich and connected spiritual life waiting for me beyond the checklist.
I could pray in a way that made sense to me and actually have two-way communication with God. I could use the covenants I had made to not only know what I needed to do but to also know the great promises God had given me. I could have assurance that my journey on the covenant path, the good and the bad, was made just for me to give me experience and help me return to my Heavenly Parents.
I have learned there is no one way to be a righteous woman who wants to make and keep covenants, know her Savior and make it home.
There are essential checkpoints on the path, which are the covenants of baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, priesthood ordinations (for men), temple ordinances and partaking of the sacrament each week. But there are no checklists with a million checkboxes you must check off.
There is a spiritual life beyond the checklist that is full of connection, hope and joy. Come join me on the journey!
P.S. If you want to know more about the big trial I faced go listen to this.
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