Thursday, 22 January 2015
Enduring to the End
Study topic today was enduring to the end. I have been pondering this topic for a while now and new insights have come to mind. Most of the time when we think of enduring, we usually think to suffer. Joseph Smith experienced this in liberty jail when the revelation in D&C 121 came. "Peace be unto they soul, for thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment, and than if thou ENDURE it well, God shall exalt thee on high." That is the epitome of endurance in the context of suffering. However, enduring isn't just limited to suffering. Few if any will ever endure the same way the saints did in the 1800's. The dictionary defines enduring as, "continuing, or long-lasting." I believe that is what the Lord requires of us. Enduring the suffering the world has to offer is obvious, but the Lord needs us to endure to the end on his side! Our loyalty must be to the Lord. When our conversion to the Lord is "continuing" we are placing the Lord as the number one priority. True loyalty is an attitude of predisposition to follow whatever the Lord says, and what the Lord says is voiced through the prophets (D&C 1:38). Some may say that's blind faith. Blasphemy. There is no such thing as blind faith in a God who has proven himself since the beginning. The point I'm trying to make here is this; Enduring to the end is simply continuing to be loyal to Christ. The only thing that will detract us from this endurance is ourselves.