“It would be easy to become discouraged and cynical about the future—or even fearful of what might come—if we allowed ourselves to dwell only on that which is wrong in the world and in our lives.”

All of us will face personal problems and challenges in our lives and sometimes they may be tragedies and misfortunes that may cause us to suffer, grieve and be saddened. In reality it is part of our experience here in this life to learn and grow through such events in our lives.

In 2 Nephi 2:25 it reads “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”

God hopes that through all these hardships and trials however, that we face that we may still find joy through the blessings of Christ and his Gospel. He says “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.”D&C 68:6

I am so confident that God is standing by us. His promised blessings of the future are amazing and as we press on through the dark clouds in life, the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of Gods love will sustain us and bring us joy.

“Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” 2 Nephi 31:20

"Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith" – Thomas S. Monson

Myself and two other sisters I serve with (Sister Stewart and Catogni), sang together a song I wrote called Horizon for Rex's Baptism. This is a really rough voice recording of it. 

Horizon - By Jenna Walmsley

Though deepening trials, come your way
Press on, press on
When you can’t make it through the day
Hold on, hold on
There’s someone who can get you through
All the times that you’re feeling low
Yea he understands and he’s stood where you’ve been
And now he can hold your hand
Let him in, Let him in

Press On
Lift your head to the Horizon
The future is brighter ahead
Press On
Don’t look back behind you
Keep Moving forward

Though clouds of darkness come before
And you can’t see the way
You feel you’re wondering left unsure
Just call his name
He’ll come to you
Then pull you through
All the times that you’re feeling low
Yea he understands and he’s stood where you’ve been
And now he can hold your hand
Let him in, Let him in


Don’t go back, gotta move forward,
Take a step to the light lit before us
Don’t go back, this is where you need to be
Need to be x2


He will Walk with You

I remember walking along the dark Brighton streets one night with my companion as we traveled home from a teaching appointment. The streets were lit, however a sense of uneasiness came over me as I thought of the many unpleasant things that have occurred in these streets.

 I saw a man coming towards me in rugged and tattered clothes, his head down and a facial expression that suggested he was distressed. I felt a sudden urge to stop him and as I looked into his eyes I could sense a lot of pain. Within seconds of talking with this full grown man, he literally broke down crying on the pavement in front of me. It broke my heart to see this man so hurt and upset. He told us how he had just run away that night from an abusive situation and was shaken up and unsure what to do and where to turn. I told him of God’s love for him, prayed with him and then directed him to where he could go to receive help. I also invited him to contact us in the morning so that we could meet up, because I knew that the message we share with people of Jesus Christ could help him gain the strength he needs in his life and find true peace.

He never did call us, but I remember that night very clearly and the feeling of love that Christ had for him. I remember wondering why someone in such a desperate situation wouldn't even bother trying to see if turning towards Christ could save them. I mean, he had nothing to lose. Perhaps while I was trying to empathize with him, he was thinking “You don’t understand what I am going through”, “How could you possibly understand how I’m feeling when you haven’t experienced it?” It’s true I could never understand. But Christ can.

In Alma 7:12 it reads “And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”

Christ suffered for us not only to take away our pains but also so that he could truly understand how we feel. So that in the moments when we are at our lowest and feel completely alone, he could walk with us and even carry us if we allow him to. I know that this is true. 

The song for this blog is based on this experience and others that I have had while serving a mission and is taken from the perspective of our Savior.

Walk with You - By Jenna Walmsley

Verse 1
You and me, we're not so far away you see, 
I'm everywhere around you I'll be
If you turn your head, I will light up your way
Just call my name

Verse 2
Looking down deep in an alley way 
I find you there huddled, you're cold and afraid
Why wont you just believe, so I can reach down
And pull you out

I was betrayed I was tortured and scorned all for you
Both of my hands, they were nailed to a tree on a hill
So when everyone's left you a lone 
I could walk with you

Verse 3
Here you are, caught in lies and deceit
A web has taken hold of your feet
There's no way you can move from where you are now
So will you try and turn around


Ahhh x 2
[Wont you turn in my direction
So I can heal and protect you] x 2 
Ahhh x 4


Heavens Have Opened Up

A few weeks ago I had a discussion with a close friend of mine about how we both came to know for ourselves the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. We both came from different backgrounds; I grew up in the Church and she only recently came to know of this three years ago, and yet we both have experienced the same divine power of God touching our hearts to reveal truth to us. 
It really is such a gift to have a personal testimony. A testimony is the assurance of the reality, truth, and goodness of God through personal confirmation by the Holy Ghost. 
In James 1:5 it reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." What an incredible promise from our Heavenly Father, that we can receive wisdom directly from him.

After describing our experiences, my friend and I came to the conclusion that the spirit feels like a whole lot of love that cant fit into your heart and causes it to beat really fast, gives us goosebumps and sometimes overwhelms us so much that it makes you cry. It is something that is individual to each of us. But when that moment happens, where God opens the heavens up to us and communicates to us through the spirit, we can't deny it. We just know. 
Heaven's Opened Up - Jenna Walmsley
Verse 1
Its like you're running through a maze
No chance you'll ever find the way
And you're wondering which way to turn
Away from what was in the past 
Move on to better safer lands
You've gained momentum
So why don't you just take one giant leap forward

This is what you have been waiting,
Searching praying, hoping for your whole life
It's the moment when the broken
Is mended and healed and the light finally enters in
Remember the love the love that you felt
When the heavens opened up on you

Verse 2
Years down the line you're still the same
You've got no one here left to blame
And the choice is laid before
You're ready now to take a chance
You're never gonna turn your back
On what you've come to
Know that you can trust whats in your heart

When the times right and you feel like
Its the day you'll turn it over
Then the questions, turn to answers 
And you feel it, then you feel it.

Power of a Simple Prayer

I remember as a child, how much faith and trust I had that my Heavenly Father heard and answered my prayers. On one occasion, I remember being quite upset after losing my brand new wallet and birthday money. I had spent what seemed forever looking for it and with disappointment and an attitude of defeat, I slumped up on the couch. The situation seemed practically hopeless to a little six year old. My mother seeing that I was rather dismayed suggested that I try saying a prayer to ask for help, to which my response was one of "oh of course! Why didn't I think of that?" Off I went to my room where I knelt down next to my bed to offer a simple child's prayer. To my great delight within minutes of ending it, my prayer was answered as I opened my eyes and saw hiding in the corner under my bed, my wallet.

16 Years Later..
One of the greatest blessing Heavenly Father has given us, is the ability to communicate with him one on one through prayer. I have truly witnessed throughout my life, growing up and especially now serving a mission, numerous miracle as a result of a simple prayer in faith. I have felt Gods hand ever present in my life as I have sought guidance and direction in my decisions. God is very aware of our individual circumstances and we don't have to cry out to him with many words for him to hear and understand the pleas of our hearts and for him to reach out to us in love. He knows the desires of our hearts before we even ask him, but he has made it obligatory that we pray to him and ask that we may receive, knock that it may be opened unto us and seek that we may find (Matthew 7:7).

So what shall we do if we have neglected to pray? If it has been a while since you have knelt down and prayed to your Heavenly Father, please don't feel like its too late to cry out to him. It all just begins with getting on your knees and just starting with a simple prayer. Turn to the Lord in humility and forsake anything that is holding you back from receiving the intelligence, light and direction that you are seeking. He loves you and wants to bless you. Do not deprive yourself from the bountiful blessings that can come daily in our lives through prayer.  I know that the power of prayer is real!

The featured song in this blog, is a song I wrote while serving in England about turning to our Heavenly Father through Prayer.. 

Waiting in Line 

By Jenna Walmsley
Verse 1
What do you say
When you're down on your knees
In a moment like this
When you're hurting

I know I've neglected to call you
And I may not deserve your reply
But Father I need of your love
To help through the night
So here I go

Will you please take the time
I'm waiting in line
Hoping you'll hear me cry
I'm pleading tonight
I'm desperate to know
Of where I should go
And if you're by my side

Verse 2
How do you start
When its taken a while
For your heart to discern
The things on your mind

Pre Chorus
Maybe this prayer will be left here
But I'm ready to take the first step
To follow your son on the right road
The promise I make will be kept
So here I go

Chorus x 2
I'm starting to feel
That your love is real
And that your by my side

When He Knelt to the Father

Over this Easter period, we all had the opportunity to once again to reflect on sacrifice of our brother and Savior Jesus Christ. What a special and sacred time it has been. Two weeks ago, while I was preparing a musical item to sing at an Easter concert, I decided that I wanted to try composing
an original song on this topic. Before serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I really struggled with writing songs about Jesus Christ. I couldn't express into words the feelings or thoughts I had on this topic that was most precious to me. I usually found myself discontent with what I had come up with, and would try re-write it until eventually I just tore up the drafts. Since serving as one of the Lords missionaries however, my relationship with God and Jesus Christ has grown so much and as I have born my testimony of Jesus Christ daily, I have felt an increase of the spirit of God in my life and words of love and gratitude for the Savior have been flowing into my heart.

The song that I wrote over this Easter, "When He Knelt to the Father", came so quickly to me as I thought of what this moment in history meant to me. I was able to feel an overwhelming sense of peace, knowing that this event really did happen.

I have truly come to know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that he knelt down before God that night in the Garden of Gethsemane, and took upon himself all of my infirmities and every mistake we have and will make. I know that because of this sacrifice that he understands all the pain and trials we will ever face and that because of him, we will one day rise again. This is my testimony.

When He Knelt to the Father

Verse 1:
Do you remember the stories of long ago,
Of a man who came to lead us all back home,
He walked upon the waters, he calmed the raging seas,
He healed the sick and lame man and caused the blind to see.
His arms are open for us and if we just believe
He'll lift us from the world and help us to be free

When he knelt to the Father,
He earnestly prayed
To take all our sins and our sorrows away
And then he carried the cross
For all of mankind
And then he died
So you and I, may one day rise

Verse 2:
With every word he said and good deed, he showed the way
And through his endless love and grace, we can be saved
He suffered in the Garden, He bled from every pour
So he could understand all the heartache we'd endure
His arms are open for us and if we just believe
He'll lift us from the world and help us to be free


And in the darkest moments,
When you feel like letting go,
Just give to him your broken heart
And he will let you know,
Through a peace that overcomes you
And assurance in your soul
That the price for you was paid
A dark night long ago


The Amazing Grace of Our Savior

I want to share a story that I heard which really helped me to understand the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

After coming home from school one day, seven year old Sarah approached her father as he was sitting in a chair reading the newspaper, with a desperate question. “Daddy, can I have a bike? I’m the only kid on the block who doesn't have a bike.”
Her father knew well that they didn't have the money for a bike so he stalled her and said, “Sure, Sarah.” She said, “How? When?” He responded, “You save all your pennies, and pretty soon you’ll have enough for a bike.” 

And so, she went about doing odd jobs around the house for her mother, on the hopes that she could earn enough money for the bike she had always dreamed of. 

A couple of weeks later as he was sitting in the same chair, Sarah's father saw her go into the other room and heard a “clink, clink.” He asked, “Sarah, what are you doing?”
She came out holding a little jar, all cleaned up with a slit cut in the lid and a bunch of pennies in the bottom. She looked at her father and said, “You promised me that if I saved all my pennies, pretty soon I’d have enough for a bike. And, Daddy, I've saved every single one of them.”

Her fathers heart melted. She was doing everything in her power to follow his instructions. He hadn't actually lied to her. If she saved all of her pennies she would eventually have enough for a bike, but by then she would probably want a car. Obviously her needs weren't being met. Because he loved her, he said, “Let’s go downtown and look at bikes.”

They went to every store in town until finally they found it—the perfect bicycle, the one she knew in the premortal existence. Sarah got up on that bike so thrilled, until she saw the price tag.  After seeing how much it cost, her face fell and she started to cry. She said, “Oh Dad, I’ll never have enough for a bicycle.”
Her father then asked, “Sarah, how much do you have?”
She answered, “Sixty-one cents.”
Her father looking at his devastated daughter said, “I’ll tell you what. You give me everything you've got and a hug and a kiss, and the bike is yours.” 
Sarah didn't hesitate and immediately handed over the sixty-one cents that she had saved and gave her father a big hug and kiss. Her father then drove very slowly as Sarah insisted on riding her bike next to him on the sidewalk all the way home. 

This story is a great parable for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His grace.We all want something desperately. What we want is the celestial kingdom; to be with our Father in Heaven and no matter how hard we try, we come up short. At some point we realize, we cannot do it on our own.
It is at that point that the sweetness of the Saviors gospel and His grace comes to our taste as the Savior proposes, “I’ll tell you what. All right, you’re not perfect. How much do you have? What can you do? Where are you now? Give me all you've got, and I’ll pay the rest. Give me a hug and a kiss; enter into a personal relationship with me, and I will do what remains undone.”

In 2 Nephi 2:6-7 it reads "Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered."

Christ is there for all of us, to answer the ends of the law and pay the price that is required to return to our Heavenly Father and all he requires is that we give all the we have; a broken heart and a contrite spirit. 

God’s grace is sufficient. Jesus’s grace is sufficient. It is enough. It is all we need. Don’t quit. Keep trying. Don’t look for escapes and excuses. Look for the Lord and His perfect strength. Don’t search for someone to blame. Search for someone to help you. Seek Christ, and, as you do, you will feel the enabling power and divine help we call His amazing grace.

Quotes taken from Brad Wilcox and Stephen E. Robinson

Cover of Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) - By Jenna Walmsley

A Servant's Prayer

After being taught by Jesus Christ that we must love our neighbor as ourselves, a lawyer once asked the question “Who is my neighbour?” Indeed, that is a question we all should ask—“Who is my neighbor?” Jesus Christ, the perfect teacher, went on to provide a penetrating, unexpected answer to the lawyer. He taught him with a parable; the parable of the Good Samaritan.

An unfortunate victim traveling to Jericho fell among thieves. He was robbed, beaten, and left for dead. A priest, on his way to the temple, saw him and passed by. Likewise, a Levite, who in that day assisted the priests, passed him by. Later there came a Samaritan, and although they were despised by the Jews, he saw the suffering victim and had compassion on him. He went to him and bound up his wounds, and he cared for him (see Luke 10:29–35).

This parable delivers a clear message of how we must treat everyone of God’s children and Jesus Christ invites us all to “Go, and do thou likewise” (Luke 10:37).

There are many people who have exemplified what the Savior taught in his parable, as they have reached out to the poor and needy, sick and afflicted. I remember hearing from my mother of an experience her, my father and another kiwi family had while living in Australia, which demonstrated to me what it means to “love thy neighbor as thyself”.

“As we came into church one Sunday, we noticed a visitor in the congregation. He immediately stood out to us because no one was sitting next to him or behind him. I hate to say it, but it was because he smelt. His clothes hadn't been washed properly for who knows how long, his hair was unkempt and to those around him he appeared as though he were homeless. It was clear that majority of the members had made a first impression of him based on how he looked but we decided to introduce ourselves to him. We quickly discovered that he had been inactive for 13 years and that his wife had passed away years earlier. The missionaries came across him and invited him to come back to the ward.

We first invited him over for dinner and that soon became a regular weekly thing. I also invited him to join my choir and the night before he joined the choir, we had him stay the night with us. He bought a new white shirt, which he was so excited about, and he had a hot bath for the first time in months (he only had cold water running in his house). I cut his hair and cleaned his jacket.

Since his wife had passed away, he had let his house get on top of him. Our Bishop of the time (Bishop Heterake) and daddy were the ones who initially helped him to sort it out because he too embarrassed to have myself and Bishops wife see the state of the place. Once it got to a certain point we all then came together to get it looking nice. We had it re-carpeted and fixed the plumbing etc.

After helping him to get his life sorted out physically, we then helped him get spiritually ready to enter into the temple where he was able to be sealed to his wife. By now he was coming to our house twice a week and staying over occasionally. He had become like a grandfather to us and our kids. Meanwhile the ward members had come to know him and accepted him and realized how nice a guy he was.

What a transformation this man had made! He was now in the choir, sparkly clean with new clean white shirts, clean house which he maintained for months, active in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and very happy being sealed to his wife.” – Fiona Walmsley

So, who are our neighbors? They are all of our Father’s children. What a blessing we can be to them as we, show Christ-like love and compassion towards them and help them come closer to Christ through our words and deed.

May we all seek to do as the Savior said and “Go, and do thou likewise”.

A Servant's Prayer - 

Words by Elder Michael Pinegar  
Music by Jenna Walmsley

 Dear Lord, give me two eyes to see 
The needs of those surrounding me.
 Let thy eyes my poor sight improve
 To see some broken heart to soothe.  

Dear Lord, give me two listening ears 
Attuned to cries so faint, yet dear, 
Ascending to thy throne divine -- 
Let my ears be attuned like thine.  

Dear Lord, give me a generous heart 
That seeing, hearing I impart 
To those in need, who stand alone, 
Who mercy seek before thy throne.  

For I, like them, a beggar am 
In need of grace, a fallen man. 
Thy power alone can us restore 
To yonder realms we knew before.
But oft on earth thy power is shown 
As fruits of seeds in silence sown 
By those who see and hear and do 
The service thou hast led them to.