Sunday, March 18, 2018

1st Week of 14th Transfer (March 11, 2018)

This week was fun! We had the old missionaries leave, which is always sad, but feels right... also the new missionaries came in! I got to drive the new elder back from the airport in Gimhae, which is fun! Korea driving can be intense because the city is just big and crazy, with taxis and city buses, but overall the speeds are slower than the US. 

Let me map out my day last Tuesday. At 3:30 a.m., we took our German Elder to the airport! Yeah, I look tired...

8 am: Breakfast at President's house. We took a break on the couch! :)
A candid picture of me at the airport. (more pictures at the bottom of my message.)
We had lots and lots of meetings this week, for training. One every day except Saturday. On Saturday we met one of the new investigators we found last week again (his name is K), and originally our ward mission leader had arranged for a member to come, but it turned out that the member was unable to help us... So we asked our 29 yr old ward mission leader to come, and he said he would! After meeting, our ward mission leader and K realized that they had known each other in middle school! We had a fun night getting kimchi chigae, a kimchi soup, with rice and all you can make fried eggs! We ate a lot of eggs, haha. I always proudly tell people that we raised chickens growing up, so I know how to make and eat eggs. Grantsville pride. ;)

K came to church, and it was good! Please pray for him to read the Book of Mormon and continue learning about the Gospel! And strengthen his faith in God-- he doesn't really have religion.

This week we had all the training meetings, as I mentioned... Well there is a kid in our mission who was called to be a zone leader, and he is really young... being in his 5th transfer, I think? When he walked into the meeting, I could tell something was up. He was just pale-faced, so nervous. I asked if he was sick, and he said he just felt like he didn't belong there.

I had an opportunity to speak at the next meeting, me and Elder Y had a bit of time. I felt like the Spirit kind of guided me what to talk about. President Jeong had told me the day before to not prepare but just follow the spirit. Right before the meeting I was thinking about the young, nervous elder, and I thought about what I could say to help him. I was thinking about a scripture that had been mentioned in a talk that dad had sent me a couple weeks ago. I want to share the message I did in that meeting, or at least a similar one with you all, because I feel like the Spirit was leading me what to say.

There are times in our lives when we are given a calling, an expectation, standard, or goal that seems far above our ability to complete. It can be overwhelming and discouraging. We may want to give up. I was thinking about one example of this, someone who I love and respect. I will show you a picture of him.

This is a picture of President Thomas S. Monson, a prophet of the Lord, who passed away recently. He was called as an apostle at age 33. Can you imagine how he must have felt? Look at the emotion on his face. I can't understand what we must have felt. He accepted the call, and became the great man we know him to be.
We may have times where we are called to a new calling, when President Jeong sets a new rule that may be difficult to keep, or a mission goal that is quite high. We may not think we can do it.

We are very aware of our inadequacies, insufficiencies, and the things we lack.  It is not easy. But I know that the Lord will qualify those whom he calls. He knows each one of you. He knows your hopes, and your dreams, and your concerns, and your worries, your strengths and your weaknesses. Trust him. I know that this is His work. I know that this work is possible because of Jesus Christ. And as we place our focus on him, we will be able to accomplish it.

 To end, I would like to quote President Monson, in a talk he gave in 2012.

"Courage is the word we need to hear and hold near our hearts—courage to turn our backs on temptation, courage to lift up our voices in testimony to all whom we meet, remembering that everyone must have an opportunity to hear the message. It is not an easy thing for most to do this. But we can come to believe in the words of Paul to Timothy:

'For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

'Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.'

Love you all! Have a great week! And remember that the Lord is on your side :)

Elder Beckett

At the bus station saying goodbye to one of the Korean sisters.

 I found a 대전 bus for Allie!

Goodbye sister!

To the airport to say goodbye to an American sister.

Airport picture, goodbye Sister!

Headed to the train station for the rest of the Korean missionaries.

Back to the airport that night for the new missionaries coming in.

Welcome to Korea, new missionaries! Busy, full day!

Pictures at the training meeting the next day.

Training meeting.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Missionary Work! (March 5, 2018)

Hey my dear family!
(Mom here:  looks like Nate's giving us a smolder...)
Last week was the last week of the transfer... I am now a 14th transfer missionary. Do you know how crazy that is? I was sad yesterday when I realized just how fast time is passing. Don't get me wrong, I am excited to see all of you, but...  I am going to be really sad to leave my mission in a few months. I have 4 months left. Four months ago I was just starting my 2nd transfer in Haeundae... That doesn't seem like long ago at all. I promise to make the best of these last few months, give all I can in the time I have left, leave in all on the court, so to speak.

PS Me and Elder Y are both staying in Oncheon, so that is fun! And my last companion, Elder KTH was called as an office assistant, so he is coming to be here on the other team. Should be great! I love him a lot, we will have a lot of fun!
Here is Elder Y and me with Brother C from Haeundae! He received the Melchizedek Priesthood!

Last week we were able to meet a lot of new investigators! This transfer has been a little difficult to find and things, partially because of other responsibilities, but last week it all came together!

One cool miracle: Me and Elder A, who was my companion in Youngdo, were on exchanges here in Oncheon. We wanted to find a place outside to do language study. We went into this place called Paris Baguettes, a bread shop. It is super good. I love bread. And I love Paris Baguettes! But something felt a bit off... The music was a bit loud, but something else felt not quite right. So we left. We walked passed this restaurant called Lotteria, which had SUPER loud music on the outside speaker. But Elder A said, "Maybe it is just outside that's loud..." So we went inside. Well sitting there inside, right by the door was a South African man named E. We said hello to him, ended up sitting with him, and talking with him about his life, his studies, etc... Really neat guy. Then I asked if he had heard about our church. He had heard a bit, but he said, "Show me what you've got! I have all the time in the world." So we ended up teaching him the whole restoration lesson, and it was a really cool experience! He was really nice and listened to it all, asking questions. He said he would love to come to our worship service sometime, too, as well as practice some Korean together! I got his kakao talk id, so we will contact him and try to meet him again.

Allie--do you recognize this man? You served under him in your mission, then he moved to Busan and was my Bishop in Haeundae! Small world, huh?

Sometimes we lift weights with President!  :)

I want to share a quick story-- kind of a parable. 

There was once a town that was suffering a long drought. For a long time there was no rain there. And so the people began to fast and pray for rain. In fact, they picked a specific date to pray for rain to come on. 
According to plan, they fasted, and prayed, and hoped for rain to come. The day finally came-- the day they had been praying for. All the people were to meet in the town square. And they did-- all of them. 

Yet only one of them brought their umbrella.

And so this short parable highlights something that I would like to point out-- sometimes we pray and have faith in something, but we don't choose to act according to our faith-- or you might say that we don't have faith enough to affect our actions. In this story, all the people prayed for rain, but only one person in the town believed in the answer to their prayer strong enough to bring their umbrellas! 

One thing I have learned as I have served as a full-time representative of Jesus Christ is that our faith needs to be strong enough to influence, if not completely change, our actions. It could be said that some of the greatest strength that faith has is, in fact, that it changes our behavior. We believe in a force, a power greater than ourselves, and the believe changes our expectations, our hopes, desires, and eventually our actions.

This week I read Alma 56 in the Book of Mormon. It highlights the story of two thousand young men-- young enough to have never fought in the many previous battles their people had fought in. I assume they were probably late teens, maybe some early twenties.

Their enemies? The Lamanites, experienced, hateful warriors, seeking to put in bondage, if not destroy, the Nephite people.

These young men bravely go to war against the greatest army of these Lamanites, . 

Their commander Helamen recorded of them, "t[N]ever had I seen so great courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites. For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: 'Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go...' Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it."

This brave band of young men goes against the massive army of bloodthirsty Lamanites... and wins. How? 

Helamen recorded again, "there had not one soul of them fallen to the earth; yea, and they had fought as if with the strength of God; yea, never were men known to have fought with such miraculous strength; and with such mighty power did they fall upon the Lamanites, that they did frighten them; and for this cause did the Lamanites deliver themselves up as prisoners of war...they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them." (Alma 56-57)

These young men were full of faith in God.

This faith led to a desire to obey-- to obey exactly.

This exact obedience both increased their effectiveness in war, and opened the windows of Heaven, that God could bless and protect them. 

I know that faith changes us. It changes how we act. We can choose to act according to our faith. To bring our umbrellas when praying for rain, to do all we can do... to obey with humble exactness.

I invite you to act... to act on your faith. Sometimes we don't act in harmony with our beliefs, and our faith is stagnant. But as we let our faith change our actions... miracles arise.

I know that's true.

Last transfer's returning missionaries.

New missionaries at the airport!


We killed him!  Actually, my trainer, the night before he went home.

Saying goodbye to Elder L, my dear trainer
Pictures at the train.

Love you all!

Elder Beckett

Monday, February 19, 2018

Lunar New Year (Feb 19, 2018)

Hello Family and friends!

This week was good, and fairly normal. We were able to get out more this week and proselyte (called jundo in Korean). We met some really neat people. I will write a bit more on that later.

This week was also 설날, the Lunar New Year! I have Hanbok that I bought last year that I wore in our missionary activity we did on Friday... we took pictures with people and gave them free Book of Mormons! Afterwards our district missionaries had dinner at President's house! Sister Kim, his wife, made delicious boolkogi. After dinner we played a Korean traditional  game called yutnori! And took pictures in our hanbok. One of my favorite parts was what is called saebae... it means new year's bow. Allie will know how to do it. The tradition in Korea is that kids do the bow to the elderly on Solnar and get money! So after dinner President Jeong told me to do the saebae... so i did it and he pulled out 3 crisp new korean 1000 won bills and gave them to me! It was so fun and I felt like i was their Korean child. Other missionaries did it too. 

 One neat experience was as we set up a board with some questions about God with the other Elders and Sisters who serve here in Oncheon, then talked with people as they walked by, asking them to pick which question is most important to them. While doing the activity, two of the 6 of us were singing hymns in harmony there on the street... at first we had a mic and an amp but then it died so we just sang really loud. 

While we were doing it, I could see the people around us, so many people going back and forth, each with individual stories, desires, fears hopes, dreams, struggles, successes and failures... There were definitely happy people, who love their families and do good. There were also people who were unhappy in daily life, living for the next party, drink, cigarette, or other momentary relief from the stresses and pains of life. One girl I talked to stands out in my mind. She had a cigarrette in her mouth. She was 16, standing there with some older boys and when I asked her what she thought her life's purpose was, she immediately answered "drinking"... I asked if she had any other dreams or desires. She couldn't think of any.

That broke my heart. She is younger than Seth, and she is smoking and drinking and has no dream... . I wanted to teach her the plan of Salvation! After talking with her, I could recognize a difference in the atmosphere of the area that we were working in and the rest of the road. People would walked past, looking with a curious expression. Some would stop and talk with us. I met some kind people who may be wililng to meet again. As we continued to proselyte, I could almost see in my mind, the light that comes from the Gospel, radiating out in the area we were in... Not due to our skill or some kind of superiority to anyone, of which we have none, but because of the Gospel of Christ is light. I think that people could feel the Spirit as they walked past, and for some, it was one of the few times they have felt it. 

 The Power of the Holy Ghost is real. I have felt it in my life, and you all have, too. There have been times in my life where I wanted to feel the Holy Ghost, but couldn't. I have recognized on my mission two things that prevent me from feeling the Spirit:

One is our own fear, doubt, or distraction. Sometimes we fear that we are not good enough to receive guidance. Sometimes we fear that God isn't there. Sometimes we doubt that we, with all our mistakes, will be able to receive guidance at all. We put a wall up between us and the messages that God is sending us, blocking from us His words of guidance and encouragement, and His invitations for us to repent and become more like him. 

However, the counsel in the scriptures is clear:"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" (Matthew 7) We need to trust in the Savior and the sacrifice he made to enable us to feel the Holy Ghost despite our weakness and sin, on the condition that we repent. Don't block what God wants to tell you because you fear you don't deserve to hear it. He knows was He's doing. Ask Him, and then act in faith.

The second thing that prevents us from feeling the Spirit is sin, or unworthiness. Sinning pulls us spiritually farther from God, the source of all light. As the distance that separates us grows greater, we feel His loving presence less and less. We know when we need to change. And the sooner we start heading the right direction again, and seek first the kingdom of God, we will come to feel the Holy Ghost more. The Holy Ghost is a wonderful feeling. It reassures you. It redirects you. It comforts you and motivates you to act and serve and love. 

I hope we can all choose repentance. I hope we can choose to ask of God, so we can receive the answers and comfort that he is ready to give. I know we can, if we trust Him, and trust in His Spirit. Remember that God doesn't require perfection. He said, "I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

I know thats true!
Elder Beckett

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pictures! (February 11, 2018)

Dear family,

This week we did zone conferences! It was really neat to get to see so many of my missionary friends. Tuesday was Daegu and Ulsan, Wednesday was Changwon, Thursday was Busan and South Busan, and Friday was Jeju. It was really cool to go to Jeju. It was interesting how there was a different feel to each zone conference-- the Changwon zone conference was extra spiritual-- there were some testimonies given by missionaries who are returning home that were so sincere and loving and the spirit was really strong-- you could clearly tell that these missionaries knew what they were talking about. It made me want to be a better, more loving missionary, more focused on my purpose, more worthy.

The subject of zone conference was repentance! That is why I kind of was thinking about repentance last week when I emailed. Repentance is such a wonderful blessing, and I know that when we are repent we find joy. It's true! 

One thought for the day-- I was reading the Book of Mormon this morning, in Alma 42. Alma teaches his son about justice and mercy and repentance! The part I love begins in verse 29. Alma has just corrected and chastised his son. He also taught him about God's plan for us to get back to him again someday. Corianton, at this point, was in the repentance process. His loving father, Alma, who simply wants to see his son 1) clean and on the right path, and 2) happy, gives him some advice. Alma is definitely qualified to give this sort of repenting-advice, for he himself came from a difficult background and was considered one of "the very vilest of sinners". But he repented. He changed his thoughts and actions and perspective of life and found joy and peace in the Gospel. 

He told his son, "29 And now, my son, I desire that ye should let these things trouble you no more, and only let your sins trouble you, with that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance."

I hope we can have the right kind of attitude-- that which leads to change and improvement and hope. Not self loathing or anger or discouragement or hopelessness. Because God never wants us to feel bad about ourselves, as that will make us more likely to give into temptation. He just wants us to feel remorse for our mistakes, and then repent--change-- and find joy.

Love you all!

Elder Beckett
We played basketball last P-day with a lot of other missionaries. This was my time.

My comp and I with the Sogwipo elders. We got chicken!

We found gummy eggs! Remember sending them to me, Allie?

Grabbing a smoothie before our plane ride!
This good brother, aka "James Bond," is super famous among missionaries. He is really sweet, like a child in his mind, and just waits for the missionaries in Jeju to be with them and hang out with them.

Elder B and I in Sogwipo, part of Jeju. The snow and rocks looked like the oreo land Seth and I would see on the bus growing up. Remember, Seth? The snow and dirt fields?

At a dinner while we were in Jeju Island.

Normal-ish Week! (February 5, 2018)

Dear Family:

This week was good! It was nice to not have anything too crazy, and be in somewhat of a normal schedule! We did some good proselyting on the streets-- it is fun with Elder Y. We like to run around when it is cold, it helps us stay warm and especially to meet our goal. President Jeong made a mission goal for each missionary to give out 2 Book of Mormons per day, and to meet 3 people who are willing to meet again and exchange contact information with them... It isn't easy, and sometimes we don't have much time, but I love having goals to work towards! Simple goals give you direction and motivation to go farther than you ordinarily would!

Well sadly I told you all about the police station people, but they were unable to meet due to a sudden training they had to attend, so we are going to try to re-schedule a time... this week might be hard. We have all the zone conferences this week, so it will be fun to see friends in the mission! And Thursday-Saturday we will be in Jeju Island-- I have always wanted to go there, so that will be a cool experience! Ironically, I hear it is pretty cold there...
As for winter Olympics... we see advertisements and things, but that is about it! It is kind of far from us. I wish we were close by!

This week the topic of Zone Conference is "Repentance and a New Beginning"... As a missionary I have come to think about repentance a little differently. In PMG, it teaches, "as we repent daily, we will find that our lives will change and improve. Our hearts and our behavior will become more Christlike. " I love that quote-- and one more that I will share with it: "When a person has gone through the repentance process, the Savior does more than cleanse that person from sin—He also gives him or her new strength. That strengthening is essential for us to realize the purpose of the cleansing, which is to return to our Heavenly Father. To be admitted to His presence, we must be more than clean."

(Picture from the mission president of them on Jeju Island)
Repentance is tied to daily improvement and becoming happier and more successful in life-- to overcoming not only sin, but also weakness, poor habits, lack of self-discipline or laziness, or any area in our lives in which we fall short.

I believe there is great power in speaking openly to Heavenly Father, in sharing our goals and plans with Him, and telling Him how we plan to achieve them, and then asking for His strength and guidance as we fulfill those plans.
I know we can repent of sin, and I know that through repentance we can find more joy. We can improve daily, we can change. One great time to pick something to improve on is the time leading up to the sacrament, where we can bring our own weakness as an offering to give up, to be more like Christ.

(Picture/oil painting app? from the mission president)

Lastly, I will share one more quote from Elder Holland: "When you have sinned and recognized the seriousness of your mistakes, your most crucial challenge will be to believe that you can change, that there can be a different you. To disbelieve that is clearly a Satanic device designed to discourage and defeat you. Repentance is not a foreboding word. It is, following faith, the most encouraging word in the Christian vocabulary. You can change! You can be anything you want to be in righteousness."

I know that that is true! Love you! 

Elder Beckett

Sunday, February 4, 2018

We made bacon and french toast! (January 28, 2018)

Last week was great! And so tiring! We had a lot of training meetings and things. It was sad to say goodbye to my former companion Elder S_ who finished his mission! But it was fun to see the new missionaries, full of fire. They seem awesome.

Nate and his companion, Elder Y

Elder Beckett and Elder Y with their Mission President

We met last week with a few investigators! One man is named Brother M_, and he really really likes Americans. Haha. Right now he just meets us cause he likes us, but little by little he seems to be more willing to talk about the Gospel.

We also were able to go to an indoor basketball court (hard to find in Korea!) and play basketball with our investigator, brother CJ.  My last area's members, the Haeundae members, were there too, as well as Elder K, my last companion, and Elder S, and their investigator! Super fun night. After basketball, we came back to the church and were able to share a few our beliefs with CJ, who is from China! He is so awesome! Really humble, kind guy.

(This is Allie's former companion from the Daejeon Mission, who met Nate on her way home from her mission and sent this picture, along with the video below, to Allie)

Well that is about all for this week. Ah! Also I need your prayers, big time. We got a call from a man this week who said he wanted to hear more about our religion. So we met him at a Starbucks. When we met, he said that he didn't have much time, but he wanted to meet in his office this week, and wanted to hear more about our religion. Apparently he works as a reporter and told us that they learn about different religions, and this week they would give us an hour to give a presentation to him and several co-workers, about 20 people in total. Wow! So we are going to prepare our best to help them learn well about our Gospel and have a spiritual experience. Also, our Mission President, President Jeong, will come with us and help answer questions. Pretty cool!

For this spiritual message... i hope it is ok but I would just like to quote what Seth said to me.

"Today I taught the lesson in priests quorum, "Who am I, and who can I become?". It was awesome through the week to read through the scriptures and talks it suggested. My favorite talk I read was probably Elder Renlund's, "Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying". My favorite part is probably where it talks about a Shakespeare play, where a brother has been plotting to kill his younger brother, but later on the younger brother saves his life, even though he knows of his brother's intentions. This unconditional love changes the older brother, and when he's asked if it was him who used to plan to kill his brother he says, "Twas I; but 'tis not I: I do not shame to tell you what I was, since my conversion so sweetly tastes, being the thing that I am." That is so awesome to me. I think the younger brother is symbolic of the Savior, who owed us absolutely nothing, yet he suffered an unimaginable physical, emotional, and spiritual anguish for each of us. Because of his suffering, we can experience that sweetly tasting conversion, and look back on our sins, acknowledging that we have become someone entirely different. "

Have a great week!

Elder Beckett

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Transfer Calls! (January 21, 2018)

Hey family! 

I was transferred out of Haeundae. I will miss that ward! It was a really great area-- the members were so kind, we had great investigators, and I will miss my companion, Elder K_! But he will do a great job taking care of S_, the S_ family, and the other investigators. I will send some pictures in a bit!
The T_ family, and also a wonderful recent convert couple. I will miss them all so much!
The good news is, I just moved somewhere else in Busan! So I will probably be able to see them again from time to time, call them, see them at stake activities. And my new companion is... Elder Y_!! One of my best friends in the mission!! I couldn't  believe it! So I am really excited to work with him. We will have fun and work hard. We are in the Oncheon Ward, in Korean 온천동 if you want to find it :) 

Well last week we visited the S_ family a couple times... one time was Monday night. They were sick and so we just said a prayer for them with the dad and daughter at the door. Then after I got transfer calls, we went to say goodbye, but they weren't there, so I stuck a letter on their door. I love those kids!

I was also able to say goodbye to S_ yesterday! He has been super busy lately so it was good to see him one last time, and encourage him!

Our English Flier Announcement.
We were able to find an investigator last week from calling through the area book, as well as Brother Y_ in our ward, introduced his friend's son to us, who was super nice! I think they both have good potential, so look forward to hearing about how things go!
We also had the opportunity last week to help with a baptism in our zone! One of the districts in our zone did so well last transfer-- They had 4 teams in their district and 6 baptisms! It was seriously awesome. I learned a lot from Elder S_, who was the district leader over in that district. He really helped the missionaries there to work effectively and happily. The baptism was so great-- even though there were problems with the water and the font and other things, the Spirit was there and it was wonderful! 

Elder K and I eating chicken and potatoes mixed with the taco seasoning you sent!
Today I want to share some thought from the talk, "Three Sisters" By President Uchtdorf. It is such an accurate and beautiful talk! He uses a small parable--

President Uchtdorf briefly relates a story about three sisters. Sad, Mad, and Glad, who all reacted to their various circumstances and life experiences in different ways. They all die, with the same feelings with which they lived-- One sad, one mad, and one glad. He then gives an analysis of why each sister felt the way they did. 

The first sister, Sad, "saw herself as a victim—as someone who was acted upon. It seemed like one thing after another kept happening to her that made her miserable. With this approach to life, she was giving others control over how she felt and behaved. When we do this, we are driven about by every wind of opinion—and in this day of ever-present social media, those winds blow at hurricane intensity." 

The 2nd sister, Mad, "was angry at the world. Like her sad sister, she felt that the problems in her life were all caused by someone else. She blamed her family, her friends, her boss and co-workers, the police, the neighbors, church leaders, current fashion trends, even the intensity of solar flares, and plain bad luck. And she lashed out at all of them. She didn’t think of herself as a mean person. To the contrary, she felt that she was only sticking up for herself. Everyone else, she believed, was motivated by selfishness, pettiness, and hate. She, on the other hand, was motivated by good intentions—justice, integrity, and love."

And the last sister, who was able to have joy and live Glad, "represent[ed] the authentic disciple of Jesus Christ. She did something that can be extremely hard to do: she trusted God even in the face of ridicule and hardship. Somehow she maintained her faith and hope, despite the scorn and cynicism around her. She lived joyfully not because her circumstances were joyful but because she was joyful."

How are you like Sad? How are you like Mad? How can we be more Glad?

I think in the end, one of the biggest answers lies in choosing humility over pride. Humble enough to seek God before the opinions of society. Humble enough to not always have to have the last word. Humble enough to respect others' agency and choices, and love them without condition or reserve. Humble enough to accept advice and correction, even seek it.

I love you all! I hope we can choose humility and gladness rather than pride and sadness or madness! I think as we sincerely pray for it, God will inspire us to recognize circumstances in which we can improve and change