A Safe Harbor

Growing up near the ocean has lead me to have a deep love and appreciation of the sea. The tang of salty air, the soft call of sea gulls, the rocking motion of a ship, and the gentle sea breeze are things my soul craves. There is something so wonderful and energetic about the ocean and yet, it is one of the worlds most dangerous places.

I can remember as a child, my mom loading my sister and I into the car, just before a hurricane was about to make landfall, and driving over to the beach to take a look at the ocean. When we got there, I remember it being a mesmerizing site of some of the most forceful acts of nature, moving with such power in it's natural element. The sound of colossal and foamy waves crashing against the pier and the wind whipping sand and sea spray against me is something that I think I will forever have memorized.

How many times in life have we felt like we are the pier weathering an oncoming storm? Pelted from all sides with the power of life? Like we are sticking out our limbs, unprotected, into a raging tempest and being ambushed from all sides. In the many seasons of life, how can we find peace and protection? Where can we turn for safe harbor during life's most difficult times?

The answer is simple. We must make ourselves our own safe harbor. We must build up a strong foundation for ourselves so that we are spiritually and mentally prepared to weather the storms of life. We must become an anchor unto ourselves of unwavering faith with a true knowledge of and faith in God.

Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order for us to be tested, we must face challenges and difficulties. These can break us, and the surface of our souls may crack and crumble- that is, if our foundations of faith, our testimonies truth are not deeply embedded within us. We can rely on the faith and testimony of others only so long. Eventually we must have our own, strong, and deeply placed foundation, or we will be unable to withstand the storms of life, which will come.
— Thomas S Monson

We must prepare ourselves for the raging tempest of life by building our personal foundations out of truth and righteousness. Charity, meekness, kindness, compassion, health, wisdom, knowledge- these are the tools we are given to fortify ourselves. Armed with these things, we will be able to feel a sense of peace and calm during life's roughest patches. We will be able to look at life with an eternal perspective and to step back, so that we might see the magnificent light outlining the dark and stormy clouds of life.

Photos for Foundation c/o Lauren Werkheiser Photography

Leslie graduated from BYU-Idaho with a BS in Communications. She is a firm believer that all good relationships start with healthy communication. She believes in seeing the best in those around her and loving everyone for who they are. Leslie is a new mother and enjoys spending time at home with her son. She loves to cook and travel, and she is a hockey fanatic. Visit www.diariesofadumpcook.blogspot.com to learn more.