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I am so glad you have stumbled upon my little blog :) My name is Sister Jessica Mae Turley, and I am a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in Washington D.C., Preaching in American Sign Language! I Love the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it applies to my life every single day in many different ways. Hopefully you gain something from my adventures :) Please feel free to share this blog anywhere you'd like :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Losing the Weight

So recently I was in a discussion with some wonderful women and as it usually does, the topic of Weight loss was brought up. Two of the women in the group had recently started Weight Watchers and one of them has a personal trainer. 

  So we started exchanging this secret and that, each of our failures and successes, and then I heard something that changed this whole idea of weight loss. Maybe some of you or most of you have already heard it but it really struck me.

"It's ok if you mess up, you just start over the next day."

I have heard that a thousand times. But with my most recent delving into the atonement it just CLICKED!

As I continued to ponder that I had another phrase come into my mind that really took me by surprise but just made this whole adventure so much better.

"It's all about progression, not perfection"

You can't lose 50 pounds in a day (no matter how desperately I wish that wasn't true), you can't even lose 10 pounds in a day! Just as you cannot become perfect in a day. We are creatures of habit and we have to change ourselves to become like God, little by little, day by day. He has given us so many tools that we can use to change ourselves. This post is really to focus on those tools,
and how they help us more effectivly apply the atonement into our lives 
and make changes that help us reach our Divine Potential.

1. Eating Healthy

 Everyone knows that the most important thing to do when trying to 
lose weight is to eat healthy. Doesn't matter if you work out for three hours
every day if you are still eating Twinkies and fried chicken. Similarly, we need to be aware
of what we are putting into our spiritual bodies. If we are trying to change ourselves, 
we need to feast upon those things that inspire and encourage change.

A balanced spiritual meal contains:
 15-30 minutes of Scripture Study 
Morning and Nightly Prayers 
Weekly Attendance at church meetings
Constant Nourishment of your Testimony 

This is the first step when trying to apply the atonement in our lives. 
Will we be perfect everyday? No.
Will we eat exactly how much we are suppose to? No.
Will we tend to replace scripture study with our favorite tv show? Sometimes :
So what do we do? We TRY, everyday. We wake up with a new motivation to be a little better.

2. Exercising

 Depending on who you are this is either your worst enemy or your best friend. Some of us would rather run 5 miles than eat our greens. Personally, I would rather drink straight kale and beets than run even 1 mile. BUT, it is sooo important that we MOVE!

We have to do something! So just as we would in weight loss, we have to exercise our faith, and physically make the changes. we can't just sit back and expect things to change because we want them to. We have to get up, get going, and keep going, every day. Push yourself!
Be a little better EVERY DAY!

WARNING: You will fail. A lot. And you will feel at times that you are not worthy of
His Atonement, His Love, His Mercy.

"However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed,
however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don't have,
or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled,
I testify that you have NOT traveled beyond the reach of divine love.
It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of 
Christ's Atonement"
- Elder Jeffery R. Holland - Quorum of the 12 Apostles

This is the biggest opposition when it comes to accepting and properly using the Atonement.
Satan is real. and the sooner you accept that the sooner you can begin to conquer him.
He would have you believe that you are worthless, you are not worthy, and you cannot succeed.
So please.... start remembering that the Saviors love is enough for you.

Ok. Soap box rant over. Next Step.

3. The Buddy System

Everyone knows that if you really want to be successful at losing weight,
or changing any sort of habit, you will be better off if you get a buddy.
 Someone to keep you accountable!

In a spiritual aspect, you need to rely on the Savior.
He is your buddy, He is perfect and has overcome every trial,
every addiction, every failure, every weakness that anyone may be facing.
 He can push you when you want to quit,
catch you when you fall, 
praise you when you succeed.
 He is the perfect personal trainer and
the only thing he requires of you is a  
willing heart. 

So basically.... 
These are just a few ways we can apply the 
atonement in our lives. 
It is through our Faith and our Works that 
we can change ourselves to become 
more like our Loving Heavenly Father
He wants to see us succeed.
He waits anxiously with open arms, to see us return to him,
 to depend on Him, and to recognize the 
eternal flow of blessings from Him. 

Always remember to feed your spirit through the scritpures
exercise your faith in jesus christ by using the atonement,
and have a buddy system! rely on Him!

I love my savior, and I am so grateful for 
the huge changes he has allowed me to make in my life. 

Use the Atonement. 
Apply it in your lives. 
Make Changes. 
Become Better. 
Share the Joy.

And Don't Forget to Smile!!!!

If you have comments or thoughts sparked from this post, PLEASE share them in the comments, or repost on your social media and tell me what you think.

#ShareGoodness #JesusChristismysavior 

Love always,
Sister Turley