We must strive to obey all the commandments and pay close attention to those that are hardest for us to keep.
Several years ago, while on vacation, I wanted to go kayaking for the first time. I rented a kayak, and full of enthusiasm, I launched into the sea.
After a few minutes, a wave overturned the kayak. With a great deal of effort, holding the paddle in one hand and the kayak in the other, I was able to regain my footing.
I tried again to paddle my kayak, but just a few minutes later, the kayak tipped over again. I stubbornly kept on trying, to no avail, until someone who understood kayaking told me that there must be a crack in the shell and the kayak must have filled up with water, making it unstable and impossible to control. I dragged the kayak to the shore and removed the plug, and sure enough, out came a large amount of water.
I think that at times we move through life with sins that, like the leak in my kayak, impede our spiritual progress.
If we persist in our sins, we forget the covenants we have made with the Lord, even though we keep capsizing because of the imbalance that those sins create in our lives.
Like the cracks in my kayak, the cracks in our lives need to be dealt with. Some sins will require more efforts than others to repent of. (Read “How to Really Repent.”)
We must strive to obey all the commandments and pay close attention to those that are hardest for us to keep. The Lord will be at our side, helping us in times of need and weakness, and if we demonstrate a sincere desire and act accordingly, He will make “weak things become strong” (Ether 12:27).
Obedience will give us the strength to overcome sin. We must also understand that the trial of our faith requires us to obey, often without knowing the results.
I suggest a formula that will help us endure to the end:
- Daily, pray and read the scriptures. (Read “How Can I Make Daily Prayer More Meaningful?”)
- Weekly, partake of the sacrament with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. (Read “6 Ways to Become More Like Christ during the Sacrament.”)
- Pay our tithing and our monthly fast offering. (Watch “The Fast Offering.”)
- Every two years—every year for the youth—renew our temple recommends. (Read “Getting Ready to Go to the Temple.”)
- Throughout our whole lives, serve in the work of the Lord. (Read “Service Ideas List.”)
May the great truths of the gospel steady our minds, and may we keep our lives free of the cracks that can impede our safe journey through the sea of this life.
Success in the Lord’s way has a price, and the only way to achieve it is to pay that price.
How grateful I am that our Savior endured unto the end, completing His great atoning sacrifice.
He suffered for our sins, pains, depression, anguish, infirmities, and fears, and so He knows how to help us, how to inspire us, how to comfort us, and how to strengthen us so that we may endure and obtain the crown that is reserved for those who are not defeated.
Life is different for each of us. We all have a time of trials, a time for happiness, a time for making decisions, a time for overcoming obstacles, and a time for taking advantage of opportunities.
Whatever our personal situations may be, I testify that our Heavenly Father is constantly saying, “I love you. I sustain you. I am with you. Do not give up. Repent and endure in the path that I have shown you. And I assure you that we will see each other again in our celestial home.”
Read Elder Zivic’s entire April 2018 general conference address.