BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names. We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)
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Member Beliefs: How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed
Letter to the author’s mother
This week in my Book of Mormon class we studied Alma 56-63. This section has been one of favorite sections to study so far because I feel like I can relate with the stripling warriors on so many levels. Like them I am young, I have a wonderful mother, and I have this desire to be courageous and righteous.
I would like to sincerely thank you for bringing me up like a stripling warrior. Thank you for taking me to church, teaching me the gospel, encouraging family dinner and family home evening, and above all, sharing your testimony of the gospel with me. When I was first developing my own testimony of the gospel, I would often lean on yours. Because you have such a strong testimony, you have influenced my testimony and have helped me to build my own. Although my testimony is still growing, I have come to know that this gospel is true.
In addition to studying the stripling warriors, I have learned how to overcome or at least lessen feeling overwhelmed. I hope and believe that what I have learned will help lessen your load and that you will being to feel less stressed and more at peace. All that I have learned is from Alma 58. (I encourage you to study that chapter when you have time). In this chapter, I learned that by praying and telling the Lord our concerns, He will give us strength. It is also essential to remember Christ every day, keep His commandments, and have hope that things will get better. By doing these four things, the Lord will bring “peace to our souls” and “strengthen us.” I know that these teachings are true because I have done this myself. Often in college I feel overwhelmed with homework, my callings, and social matters but when I tell the Lord my concerns, He helps lift my load. I feel immediately at peace and I know that things will get better.