Posted on Jun 07, 2024

Faith-Filled Improvements with Troyce Miskin

Faith-Filled Improvements with Troyce Miskin

In this week’s episode of the Why We Believe show, I sat down with my close friend and spiritual role model, Troyce Miskin. Troyce, the deputy fire chief of the Rexburg Fire Department and an educator for EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters, shares his powerful story of why he believes.

Troyce opened up about his experiences that have shaped his unwavering belief in God's presence and love. He has found his own “sacred groves” on his path of discipleship, and the experiences that have shaped him into the man he is today have never left him. Troyce's journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of turning to Heavenly Father.

In this blog post, we will explore how we, too, can find our sacred spaces, recognize God's miracles in our lives, learn to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and seek inspiration to become more like Christ.

Seeking Your Sacred Grove

The Sacred Grove is located in Palmyra, New York. It is where a young Joseph Smith had a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. While this location holds special meaning for many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is often associated with powerful spiritual experiences. Troyce pointed out that we don't need to the one and only Sacred Grove to have similar experiences because we can make spaces of our own to invite that kind of spirit. 

Some of the most prominent spiritual experiences we have in this life happen in places like our homes or the temple or on top of mountains. It is different for everyone, and that is a part of what makes spiritual experiences so special. The fact that God knows each of us so individually that he knows what experiences we need to progress in the best way. 

As we seek to strengthen our faith, our sacred groves don't have to be limited to specific locations. God speaks to us in the moments when we are ready and when He knows we are prepared to hear His voice. By creating sacred experiences with our loved ones and opening our hearts and minds to the promptings of the Spirit, we can find our own personal sacred spaces that will fortify our testimonies.

God is a God of Miracles

It is no surprise that life is hard and complicated. One of the coolest things about miracles is that a miracle for one person will not be seen as a miracle by another. We pass through hardships, and we are told in scripture that all these things will be for our good. Sometimes, we don’t see God’s hand in the matter until the trial has passed. 

This was the case for Troyce when he and his family embarked on a road trip. Their car was having noticeable amounts of trouble as they were trying to make their way to the temple. They said a prayer that the car would not break down as they were driving and they were fine for a bit. As they followed the GPS, they were not at their location at all. Troyce was infuriated to be stuck in the little podunk town. It wasn’t till after the fact that Troyce realized that their GPS had led them to the only location that would be able to service their car as soon as it was having problems.

As we navigate life's challenges, it is crucial to trust in God's plan and have faith that He is leading us toward something great. And even if we don’t realize it until later, we should give thanks for the miracles and blessings God gives us when we can’t see the big picture yet. By recognizing the miracles in our lives, no matter how small or unexpected, we can strengthen our belief in God's love and guidance.

The More We Listen, The More We Hear

By heeding the promptings of the Holy Ghost, Troyce was able to bless the lives of others and strengthen his own faith. In church callings and as a parent, he has chosen to listen and heed these pomptings leading to more opportunities for the spirit to keep helping him. 

The more we pay attention to the whispers of the Spirit, the more God will trust us and guide us in our lives. When you ask someone for help, and they give you advice, you normally take it. So, give God the same courtesy. If you ask God for help and receive a prompting about it, no matter the outcome, what results will be something that will help you in the long run. As we act upon them, we open ourselves up to receive greater inspiration and direction.

Here are some tips for prioritizing the voice of the Holy Ghost:

  1. Create a quiet space in our lives to listen for promptings
  2. Act upon the inspiration we receive, no matter how small
  3. Express gratitude for the guidance and direction we are given
  4. Continue to seek opportunities to serve and bless others

Finding Inspiration to Become Like Christ

A big part of this life is the connections we build with others. We are capable of inspiring one another to do the best we can and continue to fulfill our potential. For Troyce, his wife, Wendy, is one of his inspirations. Despite his struggles with anxiety and feeling spiritually disconnected, Wendy's unwavering commitment to the gospel and her ability to see Troyce's potential inspired him to search for the truth as well as their love for each other.

We can find inspiration to become more like Christ through the love and example of those around us. As we observe the light and goodness in others and open up to others, we can be motivated to develop those same qualities within ourselves.

The Atonement helps us overcome our weaknesses and mistakes. By creating a relationship with the Savior and allowing His love to work within us, we can experience the enabling power of the Atonement and progress on the path toward becoming more Christlike through our interactions with others.

Fueling Your Faith

By finding our own sacred spaces, recognizing God's miracles in our lives, seeking inspiration to become more like Christ, and learning to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we can strengthen our testimonies and develop an unshakable belief in our Heavenly Father.

Take a moment to reflect on your own faith journey. What steps can you take today to nurture that spark of faith? Consider setting aside time for personal prayer and scripture study, seeking out opportunities to serve others, and spending quality time with your loved ones. As you do so, you will feel the love of God and Jesus Christ encouraging you, uplifting you, and guiding you along the path of discipleship.

Thank you for joining us for this episode. I pray Troyce’s message building faith will lead you to experiences that will strengthen your testimony.

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