“The WHY & HOW of Living the Gospel,” New Era, Oct. 2018, xx–xx.
“Why do you always move all the dirty dishes to the right side of the sink?” my friend once asked me. I thought for a moment and replied, “I guess it’s because my mom does the same thing, and I learned it from her.”
Has this ever happened to you? OK, maybe you don’t have a weird thing about where the dirty dishes go, but knowing why you do something can be surprising. This habit I picked up from my mom might be small, but there are other things I do that have a much bigger reason behind them—like living the gospel. Think about why you live the gospel: Why do you go to church every Sunday?
Why obey the Word of Wisdom? Why wait until you’re 16 to start dating? Why take the time to serve and minister to others? Thinking about what motivates you to live the gospel can make it easier to choose the right. Here are some examples of ways to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and a few reasons why.
Yearning. Elder D. Todd Christofferson has taught, “If we yearn to dwell in Christ and have Him dwell in us, then holiness is what we seek, in both body and spirit” (Oct. 2017 general conference).
Simply knowing the gospel is true isn’t enough. I know that obeying the Word of Wisdom will keep my body and spirit healthy, but I have to live it to receive those blessings. I have to act on what I know. But how? When you feel a purpose behind living the gospel, consider how you can turn that knowledge into action.
It may not always be easy to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, but you can do it! Hold on to your reasons for choosing righteousness, especially when life gets hard. Then take that purpose and turn it into action. As you try to live the gospel with more purpose, you will be immeasurably blessed.
The author lives in Utah, USA.