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Keep on Trying

Conference Talk
Author: Mark
Thursday, May 28, 2015
9:31 am

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I was uplifted and encouraged as I listen to Dale Renlund’s talk, “Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying,” from the latest General Conference.

He spoke first about Nelson Mandela, one of my heroes:

in December 2013 the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela. After 27 years of imprisonment for his role in the antiapartheid struggle, Mandela was the first democratically elected president of South Africa. His forgiveness of those who had imprisoned him was remarkable. He received widespread acclaim and praise.1 Mandela frequently deflected accolades by saying, “I’m no saint—that is, unless you think a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.”

Here is a great little excerpt from Elder Renlund’s talk, highlighting this topic.

 

This concept of “keep on trying” is reassuring to me.  I struggle on a daily basis with many personal issues that are difficult for me to overcome.  I am frequently tempted to just give up, to abandon the quest. But I was uplifted and encouraged by these words:

the Savior will “bind up the brokenhearted, … give … beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, [and] the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” No matter what, with His help, God expects Latter-day Saints to keep on trying.

I was also encouraged by the reminder that thought the atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven of sin:

In His mercy, God promises forgiveness when we repent and turn from wickedness—so much so that our sins will not even be mentioned to us. … No matter how wicked, we can say, “That’s who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am.”

Elder Renlund concludes:

My invitation to all of us is to evaluate our lives, repent, and keep on trying. If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites. As we try, persevere, and help others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about who we are becoming than about who we once were.

Thank you, Elder Renlund.  I really appreciate your insight.

 

Jesus Christ: the Only Source of Enduring Peace

Conference Talk, Scripture Reference
Author: Mark
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
8:28 am

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In his April 2015 General Conference addressDavid A. Bednar stated:

Correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord empower us to hush our fears because Jesus Christ is the only source of enduring peace. He declared, “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” (D&C 19:23).

Elder Bednar closed his talk by referring to John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Thank you, Elder Bednar, for your uplifting insight.

 

We are all Homemakers!

Conference Talk
Author: Mark
Friday, April 17, 2015
7:40 am

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I loved reading this paragraph from Bonnie Oscarson’s talk in April General Conference

We need to take a term which is sometimes spoken of with derision and elevate it. It is the term homemaker. All of us—women, men, youth, and children, single or married—can work at being homemakers. We should “make our homes” places of order, refuge, holiness, and safety. Our homes should be places where the Spirit of the Lord is felt in rich abundance and where the scriptures and the gospel are studied, taught, and lived. What a difference it would make in the world if all people would see themselves as makers of righteous homes.

I had never really thought of myself as a homemaker before.  But certainly that is the case. I am gratetful for the privilege of “making our home” with dear Clodhopper for nigh onto 39 years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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