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Why Is It Important to Believe?

By Katie Okerlund Allred, A Million Kisses by Katie

There's a piece of marriage advice that goes something like this: “Choose someone you want to suffer through life with.” That's such a horrible thought, right? Yet how true is it? Of course I believe people should marry the person that complements them the best, who they know will love them through thick and thin, and who they can trust and love, but for people that have been married for a while, this saying rings a little too true, right?

There is a quote given in a talk by a man I admire, and he says: “[The fact is] most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. . . . 

“Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.

“The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride” —Gordon B. Hinckley quoting Jenkin Lloyd Jones. The full article and attributions can be found by clicking here.

Life is hard. We are filled with the everyday minutia that fills our days and then quickly our lives. 

But We Get To Choose!

I strive to choose to be grateful for what I have and to take as many opportunities as I can to feel the awe of my small life in the grand scheme of earth and eternity. I choose to believe that I have an all-loving God who allowed me to come here on this earth so that I could learn and grow and find my way back to Him.

I live in a beautiful place, and I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and two children. Most of my husband's family and one of my sisters live very close to me. However, one thing that is always a tough thing for me is that my mom and dad live all the way across the country. To add to this, my mom has major health problems that have led to her being hospitalized and close to death many times since I have been living away from them. It can be heart-wrenching to be so far away, and it is easy for me to get down when I feel so helpless and unhelpful. As most parents of small children know, we can't just hop on a plane with our babes at the drop of a hat. With not only missing my mom and wishing she could see my children more but also missing out on being able to help her and bring her happiness by spending time with her and sharing more of our lives together, this has been a trial in my life. 


I can pray. I can give all of my fears and sorrows to my Heavenly Father in prayer and keep going. Things aren’t perfect for me—and they never will be—but I can still find peace and happiness in my circumstances because of my faith and my knowledge of good things to come. I know from experience and from the feelings I have felt when I pray that God can lift my burdens and make them feel light. If you want to see how I order my prayers, click here for an example


Another major thing that stems from my belief in God and helps me immensely is service. In my Church, I am given a lot of ways to serve, and whenever I do, I am filled with a Godlike love for those that I serve. Also, when I serve, I pray that my loved ones far away will get the help that they need and I can’t give them. This fills my heart with peace and I have hope that things will work out.

My belief in Heavenly Father and in my Savior, Jesus Christ, help me see past pain and sickness, and know that everything in this life can be for my good as long as I choose to believe. I believe our sorrows and sins have been felt and suffered for by our Savior and that God is available to all of us and longs for us to return to Him.

If you would like more information, you can start with this post on my Church’s website: Is God Real? 

Katie Okerlund Allred grew up in sunny Southern California as the 4th of 5 kids. She met her husband, Nick, at Brigham Young University, where she graduated in 2012. The Allreds currently reside in the Charlotte, North Carolina area where they grow gardens and children (Amelia—4 and Noah—2). Katie blogs at on simple how-to home and garden ideas and crafts. You can also find her on instagram @amillionkissesbykatie.