My journey starting this website has been both thrilling and scary. On good days, I feel excitement and energy with the unlimited potential that this site and this business has. Every other day, I am buried in fear and doubt. I feel stuck. I don’t know what to do or what to write next. I’m not sure if I will be able to produce enough original content that is engaging. I don’t know if I will be able to grow my traffic or get any followers. Where do I find inspiration? How can I move forward and climb out of this hole?
Pondering these things, I found the notes that I took at the dedication of the Provo City Center Temple. This sacred House of the Lord was built up from the ashes of the Provo Tabernacle, a place that was central to gathering for worship in the Provo, Utah community. In December of 2010, a fire consumed the tabernacle, leaving only the exterior walls. This event devastated the city, but the following year Church leaders decided and announced that the remains of the Provo Tabernacle would be restored and rebuilt into a temple — the most sacred, dedicated place of worship on the earth. The project took years of hard work to complete, but the result is glorious. The new temple is more beautiful than many imagined it could be. How miraculous that a building so integral to a community can become sanctified and dedicated to the glory of the Lord.
I sat in a chapel watching the broadcast of this historic event just twenty days after my dad passed away. With my pain still fresh, the symbolism of rising from the ashes was so meaningful to me. No one expected that this building would burn down; it was certainly not a simple feat to restore it and build it into a temple; yet, it was done. I entered this meeting filled with sorrow, stress, and fear; and I left with “a perfect brightness of hope.” That hope makes me believe that I can rise from any challenge or trial. It certainly is not easy to rebuild any aspect of my life, but I have a firm faith that the result will be more beautiful and rewarding than I can now imagine. I am blessed with so much.
When fear and doubt overcome you, find something that brings you hope. My fears return to me daily, but when I remember to have hope in eternity, seek for light, and trust in the Lord, I am empowered to keep moving forward. Indecision and immobility will allow your fears and doubts to overtake you; conquer them by just continuing to move forward. Good things will eventually come from your actions — they always do.