This year, I became SCUBA certified. I never thought I would get into SCUBA diving, but my husband and I decided to try something new, and this was it! After passing the online and pool dive portions of the certification, we went on a trip to the Philippines with friends for our first ever open-water dives. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous! When it came time, we suited up, checked our tanks, and hopped onto a little speedboat that rode us far out into the ocean. I grasped the side of the boat tightly as our instructor gave us advice on the best way to enter the water from the side of the boat. My heart was racing. Up until this point, I had only dove in pools and right by the seashore. This was my first “real” dive. In that moment, right before entering the water, I felt afraid. Afraid of what lay beneath the surface, afraid of whether or not I would be able to breathe- afraid of the unknown. Yet, the second I let go of the boat and submerged beneath the waves, I felt calm, peaceful, and a sense of serenity. The fear I felt before entering the quiet ocean washed away, and was replaced by wonder, awe, and excitement. I laughed to myself, wondering why in the world I was so afraid.
I think the unknown, in all aspects of our lives, is something that causes us to feel afraid. But what I realized is that I didn’t throw myself off the side of the boat in dive gear with no understanding and no preparation. Everything I had done- the online course, the pool dives, and the shore dives, were all preparing me for my first real open-water dive. Even though I didn’t know what was in store, I had done all I could to prepare myself for the dive. I feel that this relates to the gospel, and our own personal conversion. Elder Neil L. Andersen said in his talk “You Know Enough” that, “We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step-by-step, line upon line… At times, the Lord’s answer will be, ‘You don’t know everything, but you know enough’”. When I was hanging off the side of the boat about to enter the waves, I did not know everything, but I knew enough to let go of the boat, and enter the water. There will be many times in life where the boat seems much more appealing than the water, but if I had stayed in the boat, I wouldn’t have seen all of the beauty the ocean has to offer. It can be worth it to try something new, strengthen your testimony, make spiritual goals, push yourself out of your comfort zone, or reach for your dreams. The ocean is waiting, you just have to let go of the boat.