We also won that.
Later (as probably most of you have seen), I posted on Facebook about how "it's a good day to be a Red Devil".
I was legitimately proud of how our football team did. It really was a good day to be a Red Devil.
But everyday, it's a good day to be a Mormon.
We are part of a great church, 15 million strong. With 148 temples, and 85,000 missionaries, we've come a long way from the 6 people at that first church meeting after the Restoration.
We have the fullness of the gospel, and we have knowledge of the truth. We have not just one, but two testamants of Jesus Christ. Both the Bible and Book of Mormon are true. We also have the Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Modern Prophets, Church magazines like the Ensign and NewEra, Teachings of Church Presidents, Preach My Gospel. And so much more that we can learn of Christ from. And not to mention that these are available in a little plastic box that fits in our pockets.
We have seminary, Sunday school, mutual, stake and general conferences, firesides all to give us time to be with like-minded people, who agree with us that Christ lives and he love us all.
And those are just things that the church has put out. Church members are always out there. People like Lindsey Sterling and Al Fox and Studio C, all help spread the gospel with their uplifting talents, and entertain us too.
Then there's our personal victories. I for one am glad that I woke up this morning and read my scriptures. Not only that, but I got something out of it. I prayed. I went to my stake conference today. Not to mention the daily battles I win against the devil. The victories we have against Satan far outweigh the losses. Next time you beat Satan, smile. Tell yourself that you did good. Because you did.
This is the same Lucifer that convinced one third of the host of heaven to follow him. Who has influenced the worst people imaginable. He's influenced murders, rapists, and countless others. He's put into play drugs and pornography. Alcohol, tobacco. The same Satan is responsible for all the evil in the world.
And you just beat him.
The person who was telling Hitler what to do next, you just beat him in a battle. Can you honestly tell me that that doesn't make you feel powerful?
It makes me feel powerful, that's for sure.
My cross country coach has a lot of little things he always says. One of them is celebrate your successes.
We need to forget the failures we have. You said a word you shouldn't have. You keep putting off talking to that girl about the gospel. Maybe you relapsed into an addiction even. So what? What did you do right today? I bet you anything that the list of things you did right today, is far longer than what you did wrong (so long as you recognize that you did wrong).
Be proud of who you are. You're a child of God. You're a winner. You're magnificent! You're absolutely stellar!
God lives, and he loves us.
But don't listen to my thoughts. Have your own.