“Whatever our circumstances might be, we can exercise our faith to come unto Christ and find a God we can trust.”Elder Walter F. González, General Authority Seventy
Sitting here taking in General Conference with my family I have begun thinking about what has resonated with me. What will be my takeaways from this weekend? What concepts and doctrines will I leverage to help me improve myself and enhance the lives of my wife and children? Also, what Gospel principles being taught will help me continue to build myself as a worthy Priesthood holder, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, AND as an Adult Baby.
The two things that I have heard the most have been the Covenant Path and the concept of adjustments. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently concluded talking about where we are on this path. He likened it to the story of Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit, There and Back Again. We make choices each and every day that either bring is more in line with the Covenant Path, or lead us astray, off the path that leads back to our Heavenly Father. A bit of reflection on previous posts have shown that the topic of choice has been heavy on my mind.
- We are who we are today, because of the choices we make
- Our choices, an opportunity for growth or regret
- The Choices We Make, The Diapers We Wear
- Too much of something can lead us away
It is our faith that guides us in the choices that we make. Elder González’s teaching of faith helps us know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are waiting with open arms as we come back to them for counsel, help, repentance, and the cleansing power of the Atonement. That is where the concept of adjustments come in.
Just as the Gospel of Jesus Christ has Doctrine, or set of beliefs taught by the Church, we all have core beliefs that we leverage to govern our own lives. We all have adjustments that we need to make, in order to optimize ourselves for our life, and the circumstances we live in. These adjustments are an effort to balance the needs of ourselves and our community. Similarly, we have adjustments that we all need to make to better keep ourselves on the Covenant Path. With all of the new adjustments that have been presented to the world in the last year from the Lord’s servants.
We are being asked to build the foundation of the Gospel in our homes, and allow the Gospel and Church to support us. This concept of “Home-centered, Gospel supported” can feel backwards to how we want it to be at times. We have to change our mindset to build our house upon the Rock of our Redeemer, and then come to Church to strengthen our family’s connection to the Lord.
“As Latter-day Saints, we have become accustomed to thinking of ‘Church’ as something that happens in our meetinghouses, supported by what happens at home. We need an adjustment to this pattern.”Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church
“To survive spiritually, we need counter-strategies and proactive plans. Accordingly, we now want to put in place organizational adjustments that will further fortify our members and their families.”Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church
We then as members, as ABDLs, must look to the Lord as we seek for the power to keep ourselves on the Covenant Path. Life is hard enough, and adding the burden we carry of diapers can exacerbate and complicate things for us. This journey and process is something that I have found impossible to navigate alone. I walked in the dark for so many years. Alone with only my own thoughts and desires. Most of those thoughts were severely self-critical and harmful to my emotional state and self-esteem. It wasn’t until recently that I have made leaps and bounds with this aspect of my life. An aspect of myself that I prayed to suppress and remove from my life.
Like so many others I now associate with, it is not something that can be swept under the rug. It is part of me, something that I must learn to work with, not against. I believe there is a power and comfort in my little side, and I am learning to harness it. None of this would be possible alone. I thank my Lord and Savior for his patience and love with me. I also thank all of those in this community or “family” that I know associate with for their love, their understanding, and their support.
It isn’t quite as easy as painting our Labrador into a Dalmatian, but it is possible. The path is there, and we have been shown the way. What adjustments must we make to keep ourselves more aligned with the Covenant Path? We sing “Teach Me to Walk in the Light” (a song which has some personal attachment to me). We ask, we knock, and through the Lord’s grace we are taught the way. Now we know, and now we must act.