A Saint is a Sinner who Keeps Trying
By beclean
9/15/2015 2:50:27 PM
I don't come to the site very often any more. I felt impressed to come this morning after reading from last General Conference.

I'm saddened to read of the many recent challenging struggles of my friends: SJAnderson, Humbled, TheySpeak, and Created. I don't know what to say to any of you specifically, but I feel impressed to say, "Don't give up."

I'm far from perfect, and I have had my share of recent temptations and even marital challenges, though I am grateful that none of them seem as difficult as those you are suffering through.

But I was personally heartened to read from Elder Dale G. Renlund's talk, "Later-day Saints Keep on Trying."

Read it. Here are a few poignant quotes: “a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” "we may be perfected by repeatedly and iteratively “relying wholly upon” the doctrine of Christ" "Even if we’ve been a conscious, deliberate sinner or have repeatedly faced failure and disappointment, the moment we decide to try again, the Atonement of Christ can help us." "the Church is like a big hospital, and we are all sick in our own way. We come to church to be helped.” "Moments later, Curtis had a profound impression, as if God were saying to him, “You know, Curtis, compared to me, the two of you aren’t all that different.” Curtis learned that he needed to be patient with an imperfect companion who nonetheless was trying in his own way."

I know without question that one day I'll be free from the temptations of the flesh, because of Jesus... Not because of a bunch of things I have to do that I'm not doing. I know without question that everything is going to work out far better than I imagine... And I can imagine it working out pretty good. I believe the same things for you, my friends, if you believe them. Have faith in Christ. He says it is HIS work and glory to bring to pass your eternal life. Do you think he will fail at his work, so long as you DESIRE him to succeed? He will not fail. If you desire eternal life, and you desire a relationship with Christ, and you keep trying, I am supremely confident you will receive the desires of your heart.

Keep going. And don't sweat the hiccups, the mistakes, the regrets. Just keep going in faith that these, too, are part of the journey, but they won't change the destination.

Earnestly and sincerely present the deepest desires of your heart to God daily. Tell him they are impossible and unmanageable for you alone. But let him know you have faith that all things are possible to him. You know he manages a universe of billions of galaxies. Surely your meager desires are well within his ability. Humbly confess that you need him to intervene in order to receive your desires. And then HAVE FAITH. DON'T DOUBT. Be confident that He WILL bless you with the desires of your heart or BETTER. He is a loving Father with the power to do so. Continue with that eye of faith, beholding yourself as having received those desires. Don't question his methods. Continue daily in faith and confidence, and never give up expecting that it WILL happen. Express regular gratitude that God is giving you your desires and providing you with sufficient for your needs.


great thoughts    
"I especially appreciated the last paragraph where you explained what we should do when we are praying. I will try to put that into practice. :) Thank you!"
posted at 16:59:59 on September 15, 2015 by created

You are cool. Keep coming back here brother. We all need your perspective.

posted at 13:26:17 on September 16, 2015 by Maddy

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"By emulating the Master, who endured temptations but “gave no heed unto them,” we, too, can live in a world filled with temptations “such as [are] common to man”. Of course Jesus noticed the tremendous temptations that came to him, but He did not process and reprocess them. Instead, He rejected them promptly. If we entertain temptations, soon they begin entertaining us! Turning these unwanted lodgers away at the doorstep of the mind is one way of giving “no heed.” Besides, these would-be lodgers are actually barbarians who, if admitted, can be evicted only with great trauma."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987