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Faithful
By rachp
6/10/2012 10:07:30 PM
2 Nephi 31:16 — And now, my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved.

2 Nephi 31:20 — Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

Today our Bishop spoke in Sacrament meeting. He spoke on the topic of being faithful.

He gave a definition that made a definite impact on me.

To be faithful means we keep trying no matter the difficulties or discouragement we face on a daily basis---even though we may sometimes feel like a capsized boat with no one coming to rescue us.

Our Heavenly Father did not send us here to earth on our eternal journey without the tools necessary to be faithful. YOU, ME, WE, cannot keep it up without being close to our Heavenly Father. Becoming and staying close to our Heavenly Father comes down to the foundation and fundamental principles of the Gospel:

1. Prayer-making daily, direct connection with our Savior will give us the ability to do what is asked of us.

2. Acting on the promptings given to us from the Holy Ghost.

3. Studying the words of the Scriptures and the Prophets.

He ended with two questions for each of us. What are you doing to invite the spirit to be with you each and everyday? What are you doing to be faithful each and everyday?

The world is dying and needs light--light which only comes through and from our Savior Jesus Christ.

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"I have come to know that thoughts, like water, will stay on course if we make a place for them to go. Otherwise, our thoughts follow the course of least resistance, always seeking the lower levels. Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bible it says, as a man ‘thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 23:7). One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself. As you learn to control your thoughts, you can overcome habits, even degrading personal habits. You can gain courage, conquer fear, and have a happy life. "

— Boyd K. Packer

BYU, Speeches of the Year, 26 Sept. 1967