If I’m so blessed, why can’t I feel good? Maybe it’s because you’ve forgotten who you are. Listen in as we discuss the importance of knowing your true identity and how it shapes how life feels. If you’re a Lion King fan, you’ll love this episode!

Personal experience with prayer

I am a child of God. It’s the first doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we teach our children as we sing it in their ears when they are infants. And yet, I don’t think many of us really stop to think about what this means.

When I was 7 or 8 years old, I said a heartfelt prayer and God answered it in a miraculous way…

It was a hot, still summer day, and Grandma wanted to spray some weeds. We gathered all the supplies, but the plastic jug that holds the weed spray was nowhere to be found. We looked in the garage. We searched the shop. We checked the carport, the barn, and the shed. We even poked around the food storage closet. Then we did it all again.

Grandma got frustrated and decided to go inside for an early lunch. I wanted to help her! So I went around the corner of the house, found a spot of shade, folded my arms and bowed my head as I had been taught in primary, and said a simple prayer.

Immediately I felt the urge to go back to the shed. As I stood there in the door of the shed, I started on my right side and slowly scanned every item moving to my left. When my eyes fell upon a piece of aluminum roofing or siding, something happened in my body and I knew the jug was there.

I climbed over the yard equipment, being careful to not get cut or scratched. I got to the back left corner, peeled that piece of aluminum something back, and there stood a large, cobwebby plastic jug. I grabbed the jug, carefully climbed back out of the shed, and ran up the hill to the front door of Grandma’s house.

She was astonished and I was beaming with pride at being able to help.

Life is easier when we understand God and our relationship to Him

That day, I learned that God was real, he knew me, and he answered my prayers in simple but miraculous ways. I believe knowing and understanding my relationship to God from such a young age has helped me throughout my life. When I have forgotten this relationship, life felt hard and when I remembered it again, while things might not have objectively been easy, they felt easier.

In the LDS Bible Dictionary, it says “As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part. Many of the so-called difficulties with prayer arise from forgetting this relationship.”

And I would add, many of the so-called difficulties of life arise from forgetting this relationship.

When we understand who God is and who we are— his children, many things simply become easier. More broadly speaking, when we know who we are, we act in alignment with that truth, and things become easier and feel better.

A Lion King analogy

One more story to illustrate this point.

In the 1994 animated Disney movie The Lion King, the young lion cub Simba is beguiled by his wicked uncle into believing that he is to blame for his father’s death. So, being afraid and ashamed, he runs away from his home, his family, and his rightful place as heir to the throne. While he is away enjoying the leisurely life in the jungle, surviving off of grubs, his wicked and prideful uncle takes over the kingdom and runs it into ruins. The lionesses are forced to travel great distances to find food. And one of them finds Simba instead, now a strong adult lion who has befriended a meerkat and a hog.

Let’s take a moment to think about that. Lions are not normally friends with meerkats and hogs. They are predators to them. Simba’s fear and shame (his natural man?) have altered his inherent nature.

Simba’s pivotal decision whether to keep running from his past and his natural man, or return to his true self and help his family, happens in one poignant scene. Simba speaks with the spirit of his Father Mufasa.

Mufasa: “Simba, you have forgotten me.”

Simba: “No, how could I?”

Mufasa: “You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. <Pause> You are more than what you have become.”

Mufasa: “You must take your place in the circle of life.”

Simba: “How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be!”

We all sometimes feel like this— out of place. Not living up to our potential. But confused about how to do that, and comfortable in the life and habits we have fallen into, in running from our true selves. We aren’t who we used to be, we are so much more. And our Father in Heaven, like Mufasa, urges us to remember Him, and our relationship to him.

Mufasa: “Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember. Remember. Remember.”

Remember you are a daughter of God

I encourage you to also remember who you are. You are a daughter of a spiritual king! That makes you spiritual royalty, entitled to powers beyond your current standing!

If you’re so blessed, why can’t you feel good? Maybe it’s because you’ve forgotten who you truly are. Maybe you are out of alignment with your true self or your personal values. Being so certainly doesn’t feel good!

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