Living Your Covenants Every Day
By Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt
Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt is currently an assistant visiting faculty member at Brigham Young University and a recent addition to Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women events. A former seminary and institute instructor, she earned a PhD from Arizona State University in lifespan developmental psychology, focusing on women and social issues. She is married to Jed Platt, and the couple lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
1. “One mantra I use to help me clearly state the plan of happiness and make decisions as to how I will act is this: Satan hates me and wants to isolate me. Christ loves me and wants to embrace me. Living a life centered on the plan of salvation illuminates this truth. Satan wants to destroy us.
Satan’s is a plan of entitlement and control; he wanted to force all of us back to Father. And because his plan was rejected, he still works tirelessly to seek to gain control over us. One of his primary targets is our body—what we do with our body and how we feel about our bodies.
Christ’s is a plan of empowerment and liberty. Christ wants each of us back. And though there is no guarantee that all of His children will return to His presence, He trusts us to learn to trust in Him. Choosing Christ is the most important choice we can make. He shows us this through the Spirit.” (PAGE: 16-17)
2. As you are deliberate in performing your daily tasks, what you do comes to mean so much more. Eliminating distractions and those things that take us away from what matters most becomes easier. There is value in doing things with the intent of more effectively keeping our covenants and remembering Christ. (PAGE: 37)
3. “Living a life centered in the plan of happiness informs the desires of one’s heart and enables individuals to pursue an abundant life rather than merely moving through the motions of the daily minutiae. As we choose to make Christ and His mission a pattern and template, we are able to explore and discover our own life mission. Individuals who live their daily lives with purpose and meaning, intentionally focusing on emulating and worshipping Christ, find peace and contentment in a troubled world. Additionally, they find joy in living and fulfilling their own mortal mission.” (PAGE: 90-91)
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