2011-STRENGTH. I made a lot of changes personally and spiritually that year. I graduated college in 2010 and was not living my life how I was supposed to be. It was at the end of 2010 that I heard the spiritual thought that had to definitely be inspired. It hit my core, hard. I needed to focus on strength to grow spiritually and overcome the worldly things I clung to on a daily basis.
2012-ACTION. With all of the growth and clarity I received throughout the previous year I wanted to be more active. I wanted to actually plan things then DO them. I wanted to be more active with church activities and meetings. I wanted to be more active in my calling. I wanted to be healthier, so naturally I needed to be more active at the gym, outside, in my apartment. No more sloth like sitting around and complaining about my size. It worked, I lost over 50 pounds.
2013-VISION. Even though I lost weight and became more active and strengthened my testimony in the Gospel, I still saw myself as an obese, spiritually struggling girl. I chose vision to learn to see myself through the eyes of Heavenly Father and my friends. I was leaner and able to run a 5K and not feel like dying by mile one. I wanted to focus more on how far I had come and less on how much farther I had to go in my journey on this early. I saw new things I never thought I would actually see with my own eyes. I traveled to Ireland. I fell in love. I moved away from my home in Wilmington, NC to see where that love could take me.
This coming year, 2014, I think I will stick to my original thought and have CHARITY be my word. Not only to give more of it to those around me but to actively seek out opportunities to strengthen others in the Church and local community. I also need to be more humble in receiving charity and knowing that at times it is okay to ask for help. Recognize that I cannot do everything on my own. 2014 is going to be a year of big changes and I can already tell I will have to break down and ask for assistance from friends and family. With a quick look online, thank you Merriam Webster and LDS.org, here is what I have already learned (or rather re-learned) about charity.
The act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc.;
something (such as money or food) that is given to people who are poor, sick, etc.
1.benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need
b : an institution engaged in relief of the poor
c : public provision for the relief of the needy
3a : a gift for public benevolent purposes
b : an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
4: lenient judgment of others
Origin of the word - Middle English charite, from Anglo-French charité, from Late Latin caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear; akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit kāma love
First Known Use: 13th century
Charity is the pure love of Christ. It is the love that Christ has for the children of men and that the children of men should have for one another. It is the highest, noblest, and strongest kind of love and the most joyous to the soul.Jesus Christ is the perfect example of . In His mortal ministry, He always “went about doing good,” teaching the gospel and showing tender compassion for the poor, afflicted, and distressed (see Matthew 4:23; Mark 6:6; Acts 10:38). His crowning expression of was His infinite Atonement. He said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). This was the greatest act of long-suffering, kindness, and selflessness that we will ever know.
1 Corinthians 13:4
2 Nephi 26:30