87. A Blueprint to Rise Above

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  • How to acquire the rest you have been searching for
  • The distinction and importance of believing in Him and believing Him personally
  • What to expect to be able to rise above

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0:00 Hey, what’s up everybody? It’s Jennie Dildine, the LDS mission coach and you are listening to the LDS mission Podcast, episode number 87. A Blueprint to rise above. I’m Jennie the LDS mission coach. And whether you’re preparing to serve a mission, currently serving a returned missionary or a missionary mama like me, I created this podcast just for you. Are you searching for epic confidence? Ready to love yourself and to learn the how of doing hard things? Then let’s go. I will help you step powerfully into your potential and never question your purpose. Again, it’s time to embrace yourself, embrace your mission, embrace your life, and embrace what’s next. Hey, missionary friends, how’s it going? Welcome to the podcast. Thanks for being here. Also, to my RM friends, and to those missionary moms and parents that are listening. Maybe even mission presidents, thanks for being here. It shows more people, the more people that listen, it just makes me so excited. Because it’s more people that want to get more mental and emotional tools out to missionaries. What I’ve noticed on the mission is it’s hard. A lot of these kids that I talked to, they’re like, Whoa, I did not expect it to be that hard. But the difficulty is more of like a mental internal game. And so what I found with my clients at least is that when they have these tools, it’s mission changing. So thanks for being here. Thanks for supporting the podcast, I just had this little hit of inspiration or intuition. So I’m just going to put it out there is that if any of you know a stake or award where you would want me to come speak, or do a workshop of some kind for mental mission prep, I’d be totally willing and down to do that, we, you could just email me and we could talk about the details. But if that sounds like something that you would be interested in, I’d be totally game. I’ve done that a little bit here and there. And it’s super fun. And I just would be totally open to that. So pass that along to yourself or to anybody else that might be interested in having me do that. I know that in our state, they just recently the second semester of the high school, senior year, they have a temple prep class, which involves temple prep and mission prep. So if it’s something like that I could come on a Sunday, or if you have something else in mind, I’m totally open to that as well. Today, I want to talk about rise above. Now, let me tell you, where this kind of stemmed from, is, I got a new calling recently. And I’m now a Relief Society teacher. And in Relief Society, as you may or may not know, we are kind of assigned different general conference talks to go over and teach. And so recently, I taught President Nelson’s talk from General Conference this last time, which was overcome the world and find rest. I loved it so much. And I loved what I learned so much that I want to be able to share it with you here because I think there’s just a lot of good concepts that all of us can take away from it. And that I think could be super helpful and insightful. As President Nelson. He’s just amazing. And I think he gets us and so I just kind of wanted to share some of my lesson with you. And yeah, so maybe every month or every other month, or however often i I’m feeling it, you’ll get to hear a little bit of kind of the discussion that I I’ve had in Relief Society with some of these gals, which, again, totally applicable to you men don’t just automatically check out because this is a Relief Society lesson I daresay that we could have such a good discussion in Gospel doctrine as well with a mix of men and women. So I wanted to start by telling you a little story. And I think that I talked about this on the podcast a couple of weeks ago or just alluded to it. But if you listened, did you remember when I talked about how we were coming home from our trip in San Antonio, and as we landed in Boise, we were kind of taxiing from the runway over to the terminal. And as we were taxiing. We were moving kind of slow. And all of a sudden we noticed this like could chunk, chunk chunk, and I didn’t notice it as much, but my husband definitely was like huh, that’s a little strange and then all of a sudden, we stopped. And we didn’t really know what was going on for the first 20 minutes. And as we looked out the window to sort of try to figure out what was going on, we just couldn’t see very well, we didn’t have a very good vantage point, especially because when you’re on one side of the plane, you can’t really see out the other side. And if you picture like those kinds of smaller windows, you can’t really see to the left or right very much. So we would notice like a truck driving by with lights, but all we could really see was just this little tiny window. And as we got out of the airplane, we were actually on that airplane for like two and a half hours. If you read any of the news, stuff that around it, they all said and then the airplane like ensued into a panic, which none of that happened. You know, we felt really safe. And I actually FaceTimed my girls while they were there, and, and it got a little hot at one point, it was a little uncomfortable. But we we were doing fine. What they ended up doing, what we ended up finding out actually is that the pilot had made a wrong turn and then gone into a gravel pit. So we kind of got stuck into this gravel pit. And by the time we left the plane and got a better vantage point, what we’d noticed was the entire front tire was submerged and gravel. So there was really with all the weight of the plane, there was no way to really get us out. And I think they were spending a lot of time just figuring out how they were going to get us off that plane. Because they couldn’t really bring stairs up to the front of the plane. And I think they wanted to bring him to the back. But the the airplane itself was a little bit unsteady. And so it was uncomfortable. But we you know, and we were there for a long time. But it wasn’t like we felt like we were in any danger at all. It was kind of a crazy experience. Eventually, they ended up bringing, you know, buses onto the tarmac to unload us, I think it was like 19 degrees or something that night. And we obviously couldn’t walk across all of the runways just randomly. And so it was it was quite a situation, we ended up getting back a lot later than we thought. But in the end, it all ended up being just totally fine. I just want you to know that sometimes life we end up in a gravel pit. And a lot of times we don’t even know like how we got there. All of a sudden, we’re just like kachunk kachunk kachunk. And we’re just like, Huh, that’s weird. I’m I feel like I’m kind of stuck here. And all we can really see is out side those little windows, we can’t see how we’re gonna move forward. We can’t see who’s there trying to help us. We can only see like what’s inside the airplane and what’s going on outside. And, and this totally this experience totally reminded me of this talk that President Nelson gave. Let me read you a quote from this talk. He said because the Savior through His infinite Atonement redeemed each of us from weakness, mistakes and sin. And because he experienced every pain, worry and burden you have ever had. Then as you truly repent and seek His help, you can rise above this present precarious world. So I think that this is sometimes where we’re at, right? We’re on this plane. We don’t know if this planes ever going to fly again. We don’t know how we’re getting off the plane. We don’t know how we’re gonna get unstuck. Sometimes we don’t even know how we got there. But if we believe what President Nelson is saying, that because of the infinite Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, He has redeemed us from every pain, every worry and every burden that you and I have ever had. And because of this, we can rise above our present situation. Now I want to read this scripture to you. That was in the talk. It was John 1633. These things I have spoken unto you that in me, you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.

9:57 And this is the Savior talking right? He’s like it It’s okay listen Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. So it’s all going to be okay. I was talking to her friend Jenica, personal shout out my friend. And as I was talking to her she was and I was telling her I was teaching this lesson. I just said, Yeah, I’m teaching this lesson, I have this new calling. And she said, Oh, my goodness, I love that lesson, that talk. I’m sorry, I love that general conference talk so much. And she had been talking to one of her friends about it. And what she and her other friend had decided, is that it was this talk that President Nelson gave, overcome the world and find rest was a blueprint for how to create the life that you want, it was actually like a step by step to do or to be or to feel or to believe, blueprints about how to rise above, get out of that gravel, Pat, get out of that gravel pit, and start flying again, and rise above. So I started looking at this talk like a blueprint. Okay, what are the essential parts? What would I need to build what kind of an airplane would I need to build to rise above. And let’s think about it for a second, the difference between being down on the ground in that gravel pit and looking out that window, and just being able to see very little about what’s ahead of us or what’s behind us, or what’s going on. Versus, and I showed this to the Relief Society class was the picture that I had just taken a few hours before, from above, in above the air in the sky. So what you might notice is, when you’re looking out of that window down at the Earth, and kind of all the lights down below, the stuff going on down there, hadn’t actually changed at all, I was just in a different perspective. So there were still people who are suffering, there’s still missionaries who are struggling, there’s still, you know, hatred in the world. There’s my kids still needed dinner, there was still like PTSD and struggle, and really, really hard things going on in the earth, and in the world, and in my view, but my perspective was just different and up above in those clouds, and there weren’t many clouds, because I could still see the lights. I just felt some peace, even though all the stuff was still going on down below. So I kind of separated out a couple things. One of the things that I did and if you want to do this, you might have fun doing this too. And creating a blueprint is I first kind of went through and I highlighted in blue, all of the words that I kind of referred to the earth, right and and kind of this world that we live in, and let me read a few of them to turmoil complicated, complex, challenging, overwhelming, sin, saturated, self centered anguish, fallen power, precarious possessions, popularity, intensity, uncertainty, plagues of the world. And then President Nelson listed as plagues of the world, arrogance, pride, anger, and morality, hatred, greed, jealousy, fear. He talked about the onslaught of sobering news and then being mentally emotionally and physically exhausted. Now, how do we all feel when we read that list? I guess it’s not awesome. And sometimes I think that we get in this place where we’re like, I don’t want any of that, that all feels too hard. I don’t, I don’t know how to rise above that. I don’t know how to like be in this world and experience all of those things and have peace. And so one of the things we might want to consider is like we can we can be here, we just have to rise above. And what I noticed in this talk is that President Nelson use the words rise above and overcome interchangeably throughout his talk, kind of to mean, at least from my perspective, the same thing. So let me read some of the words that he used Used to describe, well first let me back up. I asked the ladies, I was like, okay, so how does everyone feel? Like not awesome, feels kind of hopeless. And maybe you’re feeling that way too. But let me also read to you all of the kind of contrasting words that I highlighted then in a different color, which you might want to do to that had to do with God, or God’s love, or God’s way of seeing things or things that kind of had to do with spirit. And there’s love, faith, rest, yoke, easy. Covenants, power, strength, charity, humility, generosity, kindness, self discipline, peace, rest. He said, President Nelson said, There’s wonderful things ahead. And so one of the things I noticed about that is that he was looking to the future, not being discouraged about the past. He said, there will be countless privileges, blessings, and miracles. He said that the greatest manifestations of power the world has ever seen, are on the way. And also interestingly, that we can be intimately aware of heartaches disappointments and worries. So notice how even on this kind of more spirit led more Love Field List. There’s still heartache, disappointment and worries, but we’re just aware of it and have compassion for the people that are going through it. So I want to share with you what I decided to do to create this blueprint. I actually like if you can think of a blueprint of an airplane, I came up with five major components of this blueprint. And I didn’t go so far as to figure out these are the wings. These are the tail. This is the engine. I didn’t do any of that. And we could, but more what I was looking for in this talk to create this Blueprint was, what are the words that were said over and over and over again? What were the main words that just came kept on coming up and that President Nelson kept referring to one was exhausting. One was overcome. One was love. One was yoke, actually, and one was rest. So let’s just talk a little bit about each one of those so exhausting. You guys know what this feels like? To feel exhausted? Yeah, I, I do. One thing I often ask my clients is, is this a physical exhaustion where you actually might need a nap? Or is this a an emotional exhaustion or a mental exhaustion. And I believe that sometimes it can be all of the above. Sometimes it’s a spiritual exhaustion. Sometimes it’s a mental exhaustion. Whatever it is, it’s okay that sometimes we get exhausted. And I think it’s good to just like, acknowledge where we’re at. And, and be and like, decide what’s next. And that brings me to the next word, or key word, which is love. And so why love? Why would President Nelson Ana, talk about overcoming the world and finding rest? Why would he use love so many times and talk about love? Well, some of the things I came up with were love of the world. Like that scripture just kept coming to mind like God so loved the world. I think a tendency when we hear all those words, from the world lists that didn’t feel as good, the kind of in the gravel stuck in the gravel words, our tendency is to hate the world, and to hate where we are and to hate this experience. But instead, we can choose love, we can love the world. We can love God, our heavenly parents, we can love their plan, by the way, which part of their plan was that we come to this earth, where all of those things would happen. And we can love ourselves. And I think I want to do another podcast on this at some point. But I’ve been playing with this idea of interchanging the words love and trust.

19:42 And maybe I don’t know you guys might feel differently. But they in a lot of cases can be switched out like God so loved the world or God so trusted the world, or God loves me or God trusts me or I love The plan, or I trust the plan, or I love God. And I trust God. Anyway, just something to kind of play with and see if that resonates with you. The next word is yoke. And maybe you’ve had a lot of lessons on this, especially like, a pioneer lesson. If you picture a yoke on oxen as the two things that kind of, you know, put the oxen together, so they can pull something at the same time. And there’s a few reasons that I looked up. As I was researching that we use yolks, and one of them actually, can be symbolic of easing the burden of two people. So I think that’s maybe the most obvious one is like when we’re yoked with the Savior, right, we It can make us easier, and he’s has all power. But also in some more earlier, text, the word yoke also has this inference of being able to submit to, which is also I think, a really interesting meaning that we sometimes would skip over. But notice how submit to is us submitting to the plan submitting to God submitting to, it reminds me of the natural man scripture, I think I talked pretty extensively about it last week. But when it says, The natural man is an enemy, God unless he is willing to submit to all the things which the LORD saith fit, to inflict upon him, even as a child to submit to His Father. Anyway, so I just thought that was an interesting thing to discover is it means yes, it’s kind of symbolic of sharing a load. But it’s also symbolic of submitting to. And then here’s the other really cool thing. I don’t know if any of you are into yoga, but the word Sanskrit the word yoga in Sanskrit actually means to yoke or to unite. So another way to think about this is to unite. And yoga in Sanskrit means to unite to the Divine or the infinite. So maybe, when President Nelson uses this keyword of yoke, it’s easing burden, submitting to and being linked and united with the infinite. Pretty cool, right? The other yoke that sometimes we don’t think of, is actually that is what often a controller is called on an airplane. And when I realized this, I was like, Oh, my gosh, this goes so good with my analogy, because this part this yoke, is, sometimes we can let Christ just take the yoke, and steer our plane. My son who’s a senior in high school, he wants to be a pilot someday. And I remember, sometimes I’ll have little scary things about him flying, don’t I hope he doesn’t hear this. Maybe it’s just natural as a mom, I’m sorry. I was telling my husband. I said, that feels so scary that he would be flying up there and be in charge of all those people. And what if something happens to him? Or what if something gets off course. And what my husband said to me was like, well, Jenny, you know, there’s always a co pilot. And someone else can take over the yoke. And I was like, oh, and that made me feel a little bit better. So maybe you can think of when President Nelson talks about the kind of having also that sort of context to it as well, is this part of our airplane where we can let him take the yoke, or at least help direct the plane? When we don’t know where or what’s next? Or when we feel stuck. Another word of the keywords was rest. And what does rest mean? Does it mean taking a nap? Sometimes, actually, you guys sometimes rest means taking a nap. But what I think of more often, is when we believe what Christ said, he did that he actually did that and atone for our sins that we can find relief and peace when we believe him and find that mental rest, even amid what might be going on on our mission, or what might be going on at home after our mission that we can find rest in Him in Christ. first. Let’s see. I wanted to read another quote here from the talk, which I love. It says, When you yoke yourself to Jesus Christ and do the spiritual work required to overcome the world, he and he alone does have the power to lift you above the pole of this world. That’s the rest, right? Lift you above the pole. All right, just a couple more things here I wanted to be able to share with you. Overcome is one of the final words, that was said over and over and over. And I never really saw in their president Nelson’s talk where he was like, overcome means battle with or overcome means. Turn away from or like, condemn. Overcome, just can be like rising above it. And still caring and still loving. He actually said, there’s three things that overcoming is not overcoming is not becoming perfect. Overcoming is not having your problems disappear. And overcoming is not making no mistakes. So I wanted to just cover, there was 11 things actually, if you want to go back and kind of highlight this part of the blueprint for rising above, there was 11 things that he said overcoming and rising above was. But let me just share with you to caring more about the things of God than the things of the world. And trusting the doctrine of Christ. Trusting that when he said, I will atone for you and make up all the difference for everything that you’ve ever felt, that we trust that that we believe that. And we totally can. Here’s another quote from that talk as we strive to live the Higher Law of Jesus Christ. And what I sort of believe the higher law is, is that we love unconditionally love the same way he did. Our hearts and our very natures begin to change. The Savior lifts us above the pole of this fallen world by blessing us with greater charity, humility, generosity, kindness, self discipline, peace, and rest. So he doesn’t say, Guess what all your problems are going to go away, you’re not going to struggle on your mission ever again. Or you’re not going to struggle when you come home. But in the midst of all of that, we can see it from a different perspective, because of the Savior, and His Atonement. When we rely on him and put our trust in Him, He can help us get from that gravel pit, up to rising above and seeing it from a different perspective. So if you’re interested in going like deeper and creating a like really good blueprint for yourself, he listed 10 things that you can do to overcome, he listed two ways it will bless our lives. And he listed two things of what we can expect when we are overcoming, and you know, rising above. And then for those of you who like even more to do and want to go deeper. And if you like to do lists, he also listed eight things that we can do that we can put on our actual To Do List to rise above and to overcome. And for those of you who want, who really liked to take hope in the blessings of a living prophet, he also lists six blessings. So now you can go on a little and you might find more. But you can go on a little scavenger hunt and start creating your own blueprint. So in the end, circling clear back to my story about being stuck in that gravel. Again, I’ll reiterate, I wasn’t nervous at all. I knew I was going to be okay.

29:37 I knew that eventually. And I didn’t know how long it would take, no matter how long I was stuck there. That eventually I would get where I was trying to go back to my family back to, you know, my bed. I knew even though they couldn’t figure out how to get the luggage off the plane. I trusted that they would figure that out. That they would take Take care of the rest. I want to read this scripture to you one more time and see what you think about it now. John 1633 These things I have spoken unto you, that any in me, you might have peace. In the World II shall ye shall have tribulation. It’s not even a question like just plan on it tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. And in this talk, President Nelson says that if he if Christ has overcome the world, we can too. And he’s given us an amazing blueprint to do just that. So my question to you is, do we believe? Do we believe that Christ really did do what he said he did. And if we trust that, and we believe that and rely on that we can find mental rest, physical rest, spiritual rest, emotional rest, and we can have that different perspective on pretty much everything that we go through. I wanted to read to you just a couple words of this, him, Jesus, Savior pilot me, and hopefully it gives you a little bit of inspiration to create and create your blueprint to rise above Jesus Savior pilot me over life’s tempestuous sea. Unknown waves before me role hiding rock and treacherous Shoal chart and compass came from the Jesus savior, pilot me. I love that chart and compass, he knows the way he is the way to rise above and overcome and find rest. All right, you guys, I hope you have the most amazing week and maybe have fun creating a new blueprint for how to do this. And we’ll see you next time. Serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can present a unique set of challenges. And many of those challenges you might not even see coming. So you’re gonna want a unique set of solutions. It’s easier than you think to overcome worry and anxiety, serve the successful mission you’ve always dreamed up and navigate your post mission experience with confidence. That is why I created some amazing free goodies that I’m sharing in my show notes. Maybe you want to grab the free training for preparing missionaries, my video course for RMS or maybe you and I should hop on a free strategy call. If you’re ready to take your preparedness to serve or your preparedness to come home to the next level. Then go grab one of those freebies. And in the meantime, no matter which part of the mission experience you were involved in just now that Jenny the LDS mission coach is thinking about you every single day.

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