Monday, March 15, 2010

"The" Comforter

The other night as our family gathered and were talking, Courtney asked me how I can be so strong. I want to publicly share what I told her.

First off, I know the truth. I know that the newspapers don't always give an accurate portrayal of the truth and haven't in our case, and that intelligent people realize that; especially the people that know and care about us. We have experienced the love, support, and understanding of the kind of people that I truly trust and believe in, and I truly feel sorrow for people that want to destroy us and make us feel miserable because they are obviously suffering in misery and do not know where to go for peace and true healing.

I also know the truth about what Heavenly Father thinks of us and especially what He thinks of Kev. I know Kev's heart, and I know that he is a kind and deeply compassionate person who wouldn't intentionally hurt anyone and that would do anything to lighten the emotional and financial load of someone else. (Help with the dishes; not so much) It is true that the truth sets us free and knowing the truth gives me strength.

Most importantly, I know that I can be strong at a time like this because of the gift of the Holy Ghost and the comforting and protective influence. I feel a protective shield from the "fiery darts." I truly know that comforting influence is more powerful in times such as this, and I am grateful that I have always known that I don't have to rely on man-made substances to calm my troubled heart. I have faith in the kind of peace that "surpasses all understanding."

Like I have said before, I am grateful that in times such as this I can draw on my faith in the Atonement and the healing powers that have been willingly and lovingly offered by my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that I cannot be strong on my own.


Steph said...

Thank you so much for sharing your strength with us, I hope that one day I can be as strong of a person as you, love you!

Rory & Lori said...

Hi, I hope you don't mind me reading your blog. I found the link through Steph's blog.

Thanks so much for sharing this. Your faith amazes me. I wanted to thank you for a few years back when you spoke at a leadership conference that I went to. You shared a personal story that has always stuck with me. The one about the heart-shaped rocks. I have always believed in little "signs" like that, but during that time in my life I started to wonder. Your story really helped me through a tough time.

I believe that the strongest people always have to have the hardest trials. I'm glad that you know that there are many people who love and care about your family!

Lisa said...

Have I mentioned lately how brave, inspiring, and wonderful I think you are? Truly amazing. Love you.

KT said...

I love you

Vickie M. said...

Hello Tanya, I read your blog yesterday, and can only imagine the feelings that you must have. I noticed that my daughter, Steph had commented, and mentioned to her that I was glad that she has had such great leaders/mentors. I want you to know how much I appreciate you and Kevin and the things that you have done with the married student ward! I know that both of you have been a great support to both Steph and Sky! Steph has mentioned several times that she's felt that Kevin has been like a Dad to her, especially so since her Dad has not been a big part of her life--she just loves both of you!
I don't begin to know or guess why things happen the way they do, but I do know, as you shared in your blog, that there is a peace we can have in the midst of challenges. I have felt that...and I am consistently amazed at the Love the Savior has for each of us. May He bless you both as you continue on your journey!
With appreciation, Vickie

gramma debbie said...

You are amazing Tanya!! Love you!

Alisha said...

What inspirational words! Thank you so much. You blessed my life in many ways years ago and I am grateful to finally be "in touch" with you again.