I realized today that going to church is a necessity for me. It is a need that I have!
With the eventful month we’ve had, I’ve only gone 2 of the 5 Sundays this month. That, coupled with all the stuff going on in my life, Beloved hubby’s life, my family’s life, and events in the our country as well as the world, have all converged to throw my emotional balance out of whack.
Now mind you, church is not the only thing that helps keep me sane and stable. My daily reading of the scriptures, especially right now reading the Book of Mormon, gives me regular spiritual sustenance, and talking with Father in Heaven many times every day definitely buoys me up.
But going to church and being with like-minded people who believe as I do and are also trying to live the values we know to be true feeds not only my spirit but my emotional side as well. There is a reason that Heavenly Father told His people to meet together oft:
“And … they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.” 4 Nephi 1:12 (emphasis added).
Meeting together helps us strengthen each other, learn more about God and Jesus Christ, and remember the way to live to be truly happy. We gather courage and fortitude for doing what is right, and we see more clearly the ways to avoid sin and its destructive consequences.
Going to church calms my heart, brightens my way in life, establishes friendships, teaches me new ways to deal with my trials, shows me that others face similar situations and have overcome them, and lets me bask in the heavenly light of Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Is it any wonder that going to church is one of my needs? 🙂