Speaking this month of January 2010 in the Ensign article, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gives me timely counsel: Hold on a Little Longer
“One of the great, enduring lessons of the Kirtland period is that our spirits need constant nourishment. As President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973) taught: “Testimony isn’t something that you have today and you keep always. Testimony is either going to grow and grow to the brightness of certainty, or it is going to diminish to nothingness, depending upon what we do about it. I say, the testimony that we recapture day by day is the thing that saves us from the pitfalls of the adversary.”6 We need to stay close to the Lord every day if we are to survive the adversity that we all must face.”
I know that I need to daily pray and study Scriptures and read words of the living Prophets of God to stay focused on God amongst all that pulls me away from Him. President Uchtdorf further shares encouragement and direction to our efforts to live righteously and effectively with these words:
“The Lord has blessed you with a testimony of the truth. You have felt His influence and witnessed His power. And if you continue to seek Him, He will continue to grant you sacred experiences. With these and other spiritual gifts, you will be able not only to change your own life for the better but also to bless your homes, wards or branches, communities, cities, states, and nations with your goodness.
It may be hard to see that at times, but hold on a little longer, for “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” and wait for Him (1 Corinthians 2:9; see also D&C 76:10; 133:45).
I bear witness of the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of this, His Church. I testify with all my heart and soul that God lives, that Jesus Christ is His Son and stands at the head of this great Church. We have a prophet on the earth again, even President Thomas S. Monson.
May we ever remember the lesson of Kirtland and hold on a little longer—even when things look bleak. Know and remember this: the Lord loves you. He remembers you. And He will ever sustain those who “endure in faith to the end” (D&C 20:25).”
Words like these give me encouragement and direction and I feel a need to share them with any who might read these blogs and posts. I learn from history and especially feel a connection to primitive man and stories like Ishi where a man who did not know Christ could live close to God and share a Christlike love by sharing of his knowledge and skills. He was ultimately responsible for himself in so many more ways than we are today. That I and you individually have control of our destiny and eternal rewards is apparent to me when I consider Ishi and read further counsel in the following Ensign article, Becoming Self-Reliant:
“It is important to understand that self-reliance is a means to an end. Our ultimate goal is to become like the Savior, and that goal is enhanced by our unselfish service to others. Our ability to serve is increased or diminished by the level of our self-reliance.” Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
“Self-reliance is a product of our work and undergirds all other welfare practices. It is an essential element in our spiritual as well as our temporal well-being. Regarding this principle, President Marion G. Romney [1897–1988] has said: ‘Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. Salvation is an individual matter, and we must work out our own salvation in temporal as well as in spiritual things.’ …
“President Spencer W. Kimball [1895–1985] further taught concerning self-reliance: ‘The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof.’” President Thomas S. Monson