March 18, 2013
Samuel Bradshaw, Provo, Utah: "I Know in Whom I Have Trusted"
This photo was taken during a hard time in my life. I was 15. We had just moved to another country, and I was beginning a school year in a language I knew very little. I didn't think I could make it through. I didn't know what to do or how to cope with the situation I was in.
I had learned the principles of the gospel in my home and in church throughout my life, but I had never truly internalized how much of a personal necessity they were. One night, I opened my scriptures and read the following: "I know in whom I have trusted. My God hath been my support" (2 Nephi 4:19-20). I knew that God had heard my prayers, and I knew that He wanted me to know that He would support me—I just needed to trust Him.
From that point on I have learned to just leave everything in God's hands. I shouldn't worry about how things will turn out. God is in control. I still fall behind sometimes in my motivations and priorities, but I know that if I just push forward, trusting in God, it will all work out in the end. God is my hope. God is my support.
March 4, 2013
Amanda Stevens, Roy, Utah: “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”
Both my boys love to be outdoors. They also love going new places and seeing new things. They are always telling me they want to go “high in the mountains.” Because of these things, I am always on the lookout for new walking trails to try. This was such a day. This particular trail was lined on one side with a creek and on the other side with meadows and trees.
As always, my younger son kept running ahead. He gets so excited and gets going so quickly when we're on these little “nature” hikes that he often trips and falls. I asked big brother if he would please hold baby's hand. Without a word, he ran up and grabbed his hand and then looked down to make sure he had a good grip! This picture was that moment.
I love it because it reminds me that little children will never question if they are their brother’s keeper. They already understand that they are and that little brothers, sisters, and friends sometimes need help. And without question, they will gladly provide the needed help—mostly in simple ways such as holding a hand.