The Art of Perseverance

In my first area of labor here in the amazing FJM, Elder Larre Draper frequently said something to the effect of “Don’t just endure, persevere!” I think a lot of the time, we think those two words mean the same thing, but they don’t.  The word endure means we “suffer without yielding, continue to exist, hold out, or sustain” while persevere means “maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement.”  I can see why Elder Draper prefers to live by this definition! 

Too many of us are focused on just enduring.  When we do that, it’s hard to recognize that there is much to be enjoyed, learned, and gained as we go throughout this life.  We forget our strength, talents, and the gifts that we have been given by Heavenly Father that make us unique, and that qualify us for all the amazing blessings we receive in this life.  We too easily forget that we have much to look forward to, each and everyday.  We forget our divine heritage, and that we not only chose to come to the Earth, but also that we have specific things to accomplish while we are here.  I heartily agree with Elder Draper that we need to persevere, not endure. If we persevere, we can conquer all that the Lord sends our way.  If you look back on your life, and the trials you’ve faced you’ll see that not only did you conquer that mountainous trial, but now you know just how powerful you really are!

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In 2 Nephi 31:20 we are told to “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope…”  I know that if we can adjust our mindset to focus on the art of persevering, and not just enduring, our mile will be a joyful jaunt, and not so much this horrid, daily grind that so many people seem to get ground up in.  May you all recognize the tender mercies of the Lord this day!

God bless, and hey… don’t stress!  It’s exhausting, and no one gains anything from it!

Much love, Sister Yates

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