Standing Together Once Again

 

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The first time you and I met, we were standing on the sidelines of a war.

There were no guns. No violence. Just words.

We leaned into each other as if our lives depended on it.

We chose. We stood strong in our convictions.

“The war was primarily over how and in what manner the plan of salvation would be administered to the forthcoming human family upon the earth” (Bible Dictionary, War in Heaven).

Remember, we said yes to this.

We said yes to Christ.

“Yes, we understand what is being asked of us.”

“Yes, we’re in. We want this. We choose this. We’re in.”

We cheered. And then we wept as Christ held out His plan in front us.

We stood in humility. We stood in awe of His Grace.

We chose Jesus Christ.

Remember?

Here we are once again. Standing side by side, with the war still in place.

“The warfare is continued in mortality in the conflict between right and wrong; between the gospel and false principles, etc. The same contestants and the same issues are doing battle, and the same salvation is at stake” (Bible Dictionary, War in Heaven).

Although my sojourn might look a little different than yours, the journey of where we came from, why we’re here, and where we’re going is the same.

So what does the war look like today to a teenage girl?

I don’t know what’s happening in your life right now, but God knows. I know He knows.

There are a ton of wrinkles that come with being a teenage girl these days, so let me give you an iron that I’ve used to press against the fabric of life so things might go a little more smoothly.

Here are three words to remember: Hang on tight! 

“They came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.” 1 Nephi 8:30

Has there been a time in your life when you’ve had to cling to the rod as you pressed forward?

If you ever have that moment where you think—I’m just gonna let go for a little while, or loosen up my grip—-press forward and hang on tight. Or, if you begin to doubt and wonder what life might be like “over there” —Here are some questions I want you to think about:

What will you replace this with?

What will replace the Savior’s redeeming love?

What will you hold instead of holding onto the word and love of God?

What will save your life?

 

No matter where you are, the Lord will find you, protect you, and be with you.

Just keep standing close to me. I’m staying right here.

Let’s keep our hands cupped at the tree of life.

The Greatest Gift

Keep standing close to us.

We’re right here beside you just like before. We’re standing shoulder to shoulder in belief.

Remember—We’re with Jesus Christ.

 

Take time to write: Write down or share in the comment section three symbols of Heavenly Father’s love as you witness this along your journey today.

 

Art by Chelsea Fuller “The Greatest Gift”

 

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1) Read something beautiful every day.
2) Look for symbols of Heavenly Father and His love every day. Every day.
3) Write and record the light you gather along your journey as you deepen your discipleship.
4) Believe in angels. Believe they are near and that you have earthly and heavenly help.
5) Seek and desire His Spirit every day. It's so worth it!

These magic 5 things hold me up every day! I'm the mother to 3 beautiful daughters. I married my kindergarten sweetheart. I've taught college and creative writing for over 20 years. The older I get, the more I need Jesus Christ.

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  • Gina Holt
    April 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Leslie, this is beautiful! Thank you! Your advice is so good and wise. And I love thinking about angels, too, because I know they are real. ?

    • Renee Hall
      April 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      This.is.fantastic!!!!?

  • Michelle Lehnardt
    April 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

    You words gave me chills spilling from the top of my head down to my toes. We’re with Jesus Christ!

  • Caitiln Freeman
    April 14, 2016 at 9:06 am

    “What will save your life” is a powerful question. I chose Christ once to save my life in heaven; I have to keep choosing Him on earth so I can live to enjoy that decision forever. Thank you for the reminder!

  • Christina Paisley
    April 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Sister Robbins! I love this. I wish I had of had you in my life when I was this age! You are amazing!

  • Jessica summerhays
    April 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Leslie! You’re amazing. From the time I was a young women you believed in me, and took me as I was. You loved me when I needed it the most and you encouraged me to be better and to do better and to ALWAYS choose God. Now, a mother of 4, sealed to my eternal companion, I thank you will my whole heart and know that you are my earthly angel.

  • michellelinford
    April 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I love how you bring it all so simply back to what it’s all about. This = Jesus. Clinging to Him is always the best option. “Lord, to whom shall we go?”

    Thanks for this piece.

  • Leah joyce
    April 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing most beautiful all true just believe Christ he lives families together forever hold to the rod we are of divine origin

  • Leslie Lords Robbins
    April 14, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for all of these sweet comments. Isn’t it refreshing to be cradled somewhere safe where there are beautiful words and images? I’m so grateful we’re all here and for Michelle’s vision and leadership. How sweet to have one of “my” Young Women comment, who is now a grown woman and leading Young Women in her ward. Belated blessings, indeed. The gospel is so beautiful and circular in love and in meaning. Just keep coming back to the principles. The principles will guide us home. I’m just sure of it!

  • J Speirs
    April 16, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Somehow I happened across your blog (gotta love the Internet!). My daughter Chelsea painted the beautiful image of the young woman at the tree of life. I thought your followers may be inspired by the background behind her painting. This is Chelsea’s description (from the Deseret Book website):
    “At the age of seventeen I was asked by a leader to paint a tree for a “Tree of Life” activity she was planning. After prayerful consideration my eyes were opened and I saw this as an opportunity to do more than paint a simple tree.
    This image is a representation of the inspiration I received. I envisioned a young woman putting forth effort, even to the very end, by stretching upward to obtain her gift, an oversized fruit symbolizing the huge reward God has in store for us. I could see God’s face and outstretched arms in the tree, a reminder of His overwhelming love for us, and of the atonement of Jesus Christ which makes the “greatest of all the gifts of God” possible.
    May this inspire you to continue pressing forward”

    • Michelle Lehnardt
      April 18, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Thank you for this story! Chelsea’s art and inspiration blesses us all.

  • Willa
    April 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    You are amazing! I am lucky you are my mom!