Beatrice (name has been changed) is 30 something, has two kids, and lives with her second husband. She will be baptized this Sunday and her son who is 13 will be baptized next week. We found Beatrice forever ago but she didn't progress because she didn't come to church, even though she had recieved her answer that this was true. Her husband works 24 hour shifts every other day, and though he is a super nice guy, has never wanted anything with church. But Beatrice and their son have changed tremendously, and now her husband wants to come to Beatrice's baptism! We're going to baptize her on his birthday. We hope he feels the spirit and decides to follow them so that they can have an eternal family.
One thing that I have been impressed with about Beatrice is her dedication. She doesn't have much money. She got offered a really good job, but the problem was that she would have to work every other Sunday. She came to us and asked us if she should take it, because she needed the money. We read the story of Nephi and the brass plates and obedience with her, and she understood. God made the heavens, and the earth, and all things that in them are. Heavenly Father knows we have need of these things. Beatrice rejected the work offer. Then, another work offer came, with a very good income, but the same conditions: breaking the commandment of the Sabbath day. She rejected it again. And not too long afterwards, she was offered a job where she only has to work 3-4 days a week, and gets payed the same amount as she would have with those other jobs! Beatrice has developed a testimony of obedience.
When life gets tough, if you will be obedient, then God will care for you through his commandments. But, like a little child that crosses a busy road against the wishes of his parents, when we are disobedient, the world may harm us. Be obedient. It is not a burden, but a blessing. Have the faith to stay true to the One who made you, who has stayed true to you since the beginning. Give thanks unto Him daily, observe His commandments, and He will go before your face, lifting you up, and providing you with peace beyond comprehension.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.