Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Endure to the End

I am very grateful for the simplicity of the gospel.

Some days I love to sink deeper and deeper into layers of meaning found in the scriptures. On occasion I like to contemplate the big picture and try to wrap my mortal brain around a divine (and possibly 4-dimensional) design. Often I find a new way to understand and approach the gospel, which awakens and rededicates my soul.

But most of the time I am very grateful that God's plan for me is simple enough for even a child to understand.

This is what I must do to be saved:
1. Have faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ.
2. Repent of my sins.
3. Be baptized, by proper authority, into His church.
4. Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5. Endure to the end.

On days like today, I am very grateful for this very simple plan, made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When I feel overwhelmed or spiritually-detached, it is a comfort to remember what is required: faith and endurance.

Faith and endurance.

That means I keep trying. That means I get up and do the best I can. That means set-backs are only temporary and the only way I can fail is if I give up.

And in the end it means that it all hangs on Christ and my trust in His power.


Natalie Sadler said...

Thanks you for expressing endurance. This is something I struggle with, in particular. It's nice to know that it's pretty much integrated in our gospel.

You have such a wonderful blog. I really look forward to reading your "wisdom" for the day.

juanita said...

I love how your updates are always something I need to lift up my spirit.

Heather of the EO said...

I love this post. You have a way with words and such a beautiful way of expressing yourself and your faith.