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Receiving strength from the gospel

LAUREN ROBINSON | Scroll Illustration According to Christianity Today, “the Greek word for fish is “ichthys.” As early as the first century, Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” Students receive strength from different sources, some have been strengthened by different aspects of the gospel.
LAUREN ROBINSON | Scroll Illustration
According to Christianity Today, “the Greek word for fish is “ichthys.” As early as the first century, Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” Students receive strength from different sources, some have been strengthened by different aspects of the gospel.

Everyone has weaknesses, but everyone handles their weakness in a different way.

“No matter what my problems are, I believe that I can get myself through it, so because of that when I am faced with trials I know that I have the help from the Spirit,” said Jonathan Welling, a junior studying financial economics. “I have a lot of self-confidence, so I’m able to carry myself through when I’m going through tough times.”

Welling said that when he is going through a hard time he seeks out comfort through reading his scriptures and talks from General Authorities to learn how to manage his trials better.

Welling said that using his resources and gaining a greater knowledge of what is in store for him now will help him in the future when he will need strength for himself and his family.

“The more help I get … I’m able to draw on it in future problems,” Welling said. “I will be able to learn or draw strength from things I’m learning now, and based on the pattern of my life it will come in handy in the future.”

Evelyn Colvin, a junior studying business management, said that since joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints three years ago she has found a more positive place to put her efforts and mind-set.

“One of the weaknesses I know I have is that I’m stubborn,” Colvin said. “I feel like since joining the Church, God has turned that weakness into [a strength]. Instead of being stubborn, I have turned to persistent, and I have been able to change the stubborn walls and move them.”

Colvin said that the gospel and the people she surrounds herself with have given her the sport she needs to never give on herself.

“There are good things that you can focus on in your life instead,” Colvin said. “You shouldn’t give on things and know that something better is going to come along.”

Colvin said by choosing to have a happier life, she has the faith and persistence to know that everything will work out the way it should.

“From the scriptures, God tells us that we aren’t given anything more than we can handle,” Colvin said. “He knows us better than we know ourselves. So apparently, I’m a lot stronger than I think that I am, and I hate that, but at the end of the day, when that’s all over, I realize it is for my good. He knows what is best for me, and you learn from it.”

Dalton Parrish, a freshman studying exercise physiology, said he was humbled on his mission when he became aware of many of his weaknesses.

“[My weaknesses] drove me to my knees, and I prayed to God, and I asked him for the strength to overcome that weakness,” Parrish said.

Parish said as his confidence grew in the plan the Lord set for him, he grew closer to the Savior and gained a new desire to submit his God’s will.

“Somewhere along the road, I really listened to what the Lord knew I needed to listen to, and I suddenly came to a strong realization of the word ‘submission,’” Parrish said.

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