The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Endure to the End

Patient endurance permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord and our faith in His timing when we are being tossed about by the surf of circumstance. Even when a seeming undertow grasps us, somehow in the tumbling we are being carried forward, though battered and bruised. When, for the moment, we ourselves are not being stretched on a particular cross, we ought to be at the foot of someone else's—full of empathy and proffering spiritual refreshment. With enduring comes a willingness, therefore, to "press forward" (2 Nephi 31:20) even when we are bone weary and would much rather pull off to the side of the road. Hence, one prophet was especially commended by the Lord for his unwearyingness (see Helaman 10:4; 15:6). — Neal A. Maxwell, Men and Women of Christ, p.70

Though hated by all men; though the whole world oppose them; though every power of earth and hell combine to do them ill—yet the apostles (and all the saints) must endure in righteousness all their days to merit celestial salvation. They must `press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men, feasting upon the word of Christ" (2 Ne. 31:20-21), doing good and working righteousness, if they are to gain eternal life. "I will prove you in all things," the Lord says to his saints, "whether you will abide in my covenant, even unto death, that you may be found worthy. For if ye will not abide in my covenant ye are not worthy of me." (D&C 98:14-15.) — Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah, Vol.2, p.319

I would like to share an experience of faith. Being the only child, Elder Hermelindo Coy said goodbye to his mother and left for the first time in his life his small village in the mountains of Senahu, Guatemala. He entered the Missionary Training Center the fourteenth of March 1991.
Although he had been a member of the Church for only two years and also very timid about talking to people, his determination to serve was great. His formal education was less than five years of elementary school in his native language of Kekch. Spanish, the official language of Guatemala, was foreign to him.
During his mission he learned to live with pain in his leg. He rarely complained. In August 1992 he noticed, that in addition to the increase in the pain, something abnormal about his knee. He had a medical exam--the diagnosis: bone cancer. A more careful exam revealed cancer in the liver, lungs, and lymphatic system; in other words, his illness was terminal. He did not understand the nature of the illness nor its seriousness. With the help of a translator and using examples from the farm life with which he was familiar, he understood that he had little time to live.
He never asked, Why is this happening to me? He did not lament, nor express negative feelings. He was obedient to all that was require of him.
He was asked if he would like to return home, but he asked to remain in the mission and serve as long as possible, even until his death. By October of the same year, he walked with difficulty, requiring the use of a cane. He could only work a few hours each day. By December h was unable to walk. For the first time he was discouraged because He could not proselyte. His worry was always who would take care of his mother after he died.
In one of his visits, the mission president asked him to teach more of the basic doctrine to his mother, who, along with mission nurses, was providing twenty-four-hour care. When he taught the plan of salvation to his mother in his native tongue, his face radiated assurance and light Elder Coy was understanding with power and conviction what he was teaching.
As his strength declined, he placed his complete trust in the Lord. On one occasion when the pain was very strong, he expressed in prayer, "Heavenly Father, I do not know the day nor the hour that I will die, but I want to know soon from thee about my new assignment." He died in February 1993. His death blessed all the missionaries, leaders, members, and even nonmembers who learned of his courage to serve and endure to the end. — Carlos H. Amado, General Conference, October 1993

The Apostle Paul, in his second epistle to Timothy, declared, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Tim. 4:7.) Keeping the faith to the end has always been our charge. In the eighteenth section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord admonishes, "And as many as repent and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved." (V. 22.) I shall never forget the impression left upon me when President Joseph Fielding Smith, in his ninety-fifth year, exclaimed, "I hope to endure to the end in this life." Today, perhaps more than ever before, our faith is challenged on all fronts. This should not surprise us as it is part of God's plan. As Abraham proved himself to the Lord with unwavering faith when he took his son Isaac to the mountain to be sacrificed, we also must prove our devotion, our endurance, and our faith to our Heavenly Father. — Richard C. Edgley, General Conference, April 1993

There is no retirement from the service of the Lord. We believe in eternal progression. We should continually grow spiritually throughout our lives. The gospel challenges us to endure to the end. The word endure has an interesting connotation. We seem to equate it with suffering. I was interested to discover that endure comes from the Latin word indurare, which means "to harden, to steel, make lasting." I like one of the definitions of the word endure found in the Random House Dictionary. It defines endure as "to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit, or greatness." When I think of the supernal joy I have experienced during my ministry, I hope those rich spiritual adventures are not ended. I know they will not be if I accept the opportunities to serve that lie ahead. — Robert L. Backman, General Conference, October 1992

I know that each of us has much to do. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the tasks we face. But if we keep our priorities in order, we can accomplish all that we should. We can endure to the end regardless of temptations, problems, and challenges. Those who remain faithful will receive God's greatest blessing, eternal life, and the privilege of living with our Heavenly Father and his Beloved Son in the celestial kingdom. Elder Marion G. Romney said, "When earth life is over and things appear in their true perspective, we shall more clearly see ... that the fruits of the gospel are the only objectives worthy of life's full efforts" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1949, p. 39). — Joseph B. Wirthlin, General Conference, October 1990

An obvious parallel between life and a marathon is the necessity to run diligently and endure to the end. Among his final words to his people, Nephi told them: "And now.... after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; . . . Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ . . . and endure to the end" (2 Nephi 31:19-20). I think of this promise of the Lord: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31). You have that promise. My dear young friends, I pray that the Lord will guide and strengthen each of you in running your personal marathon. Then you can say, as Paul wrote to Timothy, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7). I know that you can live righteous lives and, with the help of the Lord, do all that you should do. — Joseph B. Wirthlin, General Conference, October 1989

To those who are doing the commonplace work of the world but are wondering about the value of their accomplishments; to those who are the workhorses of this Church, who are furthering the work of the Lord in so many quiet but significant ways; to those who are the salt of the earth and the strength of the world and the backbone of each nation--to you we would simply express our admiration. If you endure to the end, and if you are valiant in the testimony of Jesus, you will achieve true greatness and will live in the presence of our Father in Heaven. — Howard W. Hunter, General Conference, April 1982

"We need not be dismayed if our earnest efforts toward perfection now seem so arduous and endless. Perfection is pending. It can come in full only after the Resurrection and only through the Lord. It awaits all who love him and keep his commandments. It includes thrones, kingdoms, principalities, powers, and dominions. It is the end for which we are to endure. It is the eternal perfection that God has in store for each of us." — Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending," Ensign, Nov. 1995, p. 88

"The Apostle Paul spoke from considerable personal experience when observing that 'no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous' (Heb. 12:11). You and I are not expected to pretend chastening is pleasant, but we are expected to 'endure it well' (D&C 121:8). Only afterward is 'the peaceable fruit of righteousness' enjoyed by those who 'are exercised thereby' (Heb. 12:11). But what demanding calisthenics!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Enduring Well," Ensign, Apr. 1997, p. 8

"In sickness, with its attendant pain, patience is required. If the only perfect man who ever lived—even Jesus of Nazareth—was called upon to endure great suffering, how can we, who are less than perfect, expect to be free of such challenges?" — Thomas S. Monson, "Patience—A Heavenly Virtue," Ensign, Nov. 1995, p. 59

"Elder Orson F. Whitney wrote: 'No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God, … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire' (quoted in Improvement Era, Mar. 1966, 211)." — Robert D. Hales, "Healing Soul and Body," Ensign, Nov. 1998, p. 16

"Let us not presume that because the way is at times difficult and challenging, our Heavenly Father is not mindful of us. He is rubbing off our rough edges and sensitizing us for our great responsibilities ahead. May His blessings be upon us spiritually, that we may have a sweet companionship with the Holy Ghost, and that our footsteps might be guided along paths of truth and righteousness. And may each of us follow the Lord’s comforting counsel: 'Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days' (D&C 24:8)." — James E. Faust, "The Blessings of Adversity," Ensign, Feb. 1998, p. 7

"Your responsibility to endure is uniquely yours. But you are never alone. I testify that the lifting power of the Lord can be yours if you will 'come unto Christ' and 'be perfected in him.' You will 'deny yourselves of all ungodliness.' And you will 'love God with all your might, mind and strength.' (Moro. 10:32)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Endure and Be Lifted Up," General Conference, April 1997

"We are taught in the scriptures that there must be opposition in all things (see 2 Ne. 2:11). It is not a question of if we are ready for the tests; it is a matter of when. We must prepare to be ready for tests that will present themselves without warning." - Robert D. Hales, "Behold, We Count Them Happy Which Endure," Ensign, May 1998, p. 76

"Because Christ's eyes were unfailingly fixed on the future, He could endure all that was required of Him, suffer as no man can suffer except it be 'unto death,' (Mosiah 3:7.) as King Benjamin said, look upon the wreckage of individual lives and the promises of ancient Israel lying in ruins around Him and still say then and now, 'Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' (John 14:27.) How could He do this? How could He believe it? Because He knows that for the faithful, things will be made right soon enough. He is a King; He speaks for the crown; He knows what can be promised. He knows that 'the Lord... will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.... For the needy shall not alway[s] be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.' (Ps. 9:9, 18; emphasis added.) He knows that 'the Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.' He knows that 'the Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.' (Ps. 34:18, 22.)" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "An High Priest of Good Things to Come," Ensign, November 1999, p. 37

"The great struggle of life is to overcome the natural man, with his carnality and selfishness, and to become a Saint of God through the Atonement of Christ. It is not a struggle once won forever finished, but a battle that must be engaged every day that we live. As Nephi said, 'If ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.' (2 Nephi 31:20; italics added.) - Alexander B. Morrison, "Visions of Zion" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1993], p. 20

"...the test a loving God has set before us is not to see if we can endure difficulty. It is to see if we can endure it well. We pass the test by showing that we remembered Him and the commandments He gave us. And to endure well is to keep those commandments whatever the opposition, whatever the temptation, and whatever the tumult around us. We have that clear understanding because the restored gospel makes the plan of happiness so plain." - Henry B. Eyring, "In the Strength of the Lord," General Conference, April 2004

"Simply stated, the Lord’s counsel to one who has 'commenced' properly and faithfully is, 'Continue as you have commenced.' We could follow the example of Nephi, a son of Helaman, who after laboring diligently to teach and live righteously, had decided to give up and return home because the people refused to accept his counsel and to repent. As he approached his home, the voice of the Lord came to him. The Lord reminded Nephi of the blessings that would result from the unwearyingness with which he had labored and taught the people and with which he had kept the commandments of God. With renewed vigor and determination, Nephi turned from his home and returned to his labors to continue as he had commenced. (See Hel. 10:2–12.)" - Rex D. Pinegar, “We Need to Continue in Righteousness,” Ensign, November 1974, p. 44

"There comes back to us more clearly than ever before the application of the words of the Master as he closed his Sermon on the Mount, that only that person or that church (meaning a congregation of individuals, of course) which will stand through these testing years, will be that which is founded upon the rock, as the Master declared, by hearing and obeying the fundamental and never-changing principles upon which the true church is founded, when the winds of delusion blow, or when the floods of filth and wickedness engulf us, or when the rains of criticism or derision are rained down upon those who are holding fast to the truth." - Harold B. Lee, "Watch, That Ye May Be Ready," Ensign, Dec. 1971, pp. 29-30

"We tend to think only in terms of our endurance, but it is God's patient long-suffering which provides us with our chances to improve, affording us urgently needed developmental space or time. (See Alma 42:4-5.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Endure It Well," Ensign, May 1990, p. 33

"As you pray, occasionally take a personal inventory to see how you measure up in your righteousness, in meeting the standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We each can know for ourselves, as the Lord knows, where we need to improve. We must hold to the standards. If we have advanced in material, outward things, how are we doing inwardly? Are our lives acceptable to the Lord? Are we willing to acknowledge our sins and then make the effort to forsake them, repent, and make the course correction that will return us to the straight and narrow path?

"I know that each of us has much to do. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the tasks we face. But if we keep our priorities in order, we can accomplish all that we should. We can endure to the end regardless of temptations, problems, and challenges. Those who remain faithful will receive God's greatest blessing, eternal life, and the privilege of living with our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son in the celestial kingdom." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Straight and Narrow Way," Ensign, Nov. 1990, 66

"As you build your lives in obedience to the gospel and strive to achieve your goals, do not become discouraged by temporary setbacks and disappointments. Remember that 'it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.' (2 Ne. 2:11) You will grow and learn by overcoming obstacles. The Lord has admonished all of us to 'keep [His] commandments and endure to the end.' (D&C 14:7)" - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Live in Obedience," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p.39

"No matter how much we may be discouraged or how often we are set back, we must begin again and again, if necessary, and earnestly pursue the purposes of life, full of faith for the future. Enduring to the end is exceedingly important. Pursuing the opportunities and the duties of every day is exceedingly important, and repenting while there is still time to repent is also exceedingly important." - Richard L. Evans, "Conference Report," October 1950, Afternoon Meeting, p.141

"We are given this insight in Doctrine and Covenants 90:24: 'Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly.' This stunning promise from the Lord that all things shall work together for our good is repeated many times in the scriptures, particularly to people or prophets who are suffering through the trials of their own life stories.

"I sense that this promise comes from a tender, caring Father who desires to bless us and give us reason to hope through our earthly journey. Knowing that eventually all things will work together for our good will help us endure affliction like the faithful people from the scriptures who knew of His promises and trusted in them, 'having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them' (Heb. 11:13). We too can embrace this promise." - Susan W. Tanner, "All Things Shall Work Together for Your Good," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.104

"An obvious parallel between life and a marathon is the necessity to run diligently and endure to the end. Among his final words to his people, Nephi told them: 'And now,... after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay;... Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ... and endure to the end.' (2 Ne. 31:19-20.) I think of this promise of the Lord: 'But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.' (Isa. 40:31.) You have that promise." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Running Your Marathon," Ensign (CR), November 1989, p.73

"Our late President Heber J. Grant told us how to endure to the end when he said:

"'Let us do the will of our Father in heaven today—we will then be prepared for the duties of tomorrow and for the eternities to come.'

"Christ repeatedly emphasized the fact that the gospel is one of work and service. To gain blessings, we must be doers of the word and not hearers only. In Matt. 7:21 we read: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

"This means if we are to gain salvation, exaltation, and eternal life we must live in accordance with the principles of the gospel. We must love and forgive all men and keep the commandments of God." - O. Leslie Stone, "Love and Forgive One Another," Ensign (CR), January 1974, p.38

"'And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name's sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven' (3 Ne. 12:10). As we climb the steps outlined in the Beatitudes we soon humbly recognize that our lives are on a higher plane than those who love the things of this world. And notwithstanding our efforts to share with them gospel truths that can also elevate their lives, some of them will begin to persecute us and scoff at our way of life and point mocking fingers at those who have partaken of the fruits of the gospel (see  1 Ne. 8:26-27).

"The Savior reserved a special blessing for those who would be reviled and persecuted and falsely accused for His sake: 'Ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you' (3 Ne. 12:11-12)." - Spencer J. Condie, "Your Agency, Handle with Care," p.9

"Moses never entered the promised land. Joseph Smith never saw Zion redeemed. Some of us may not live long enough to see the day when the Book of Mormon floods the earth and when the Lord lifts His condemnation. (See D&C 84:54-58.) But, God willing, I intend to spend all my remaining days in that glorious effort." - Ezra Taft Benson, "Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon," Ensign (CR), November 1988, p.4

"The basic requirements for enduring to the end include knowing who we are, children of God with a desire to return to His presence after mortality; understanding the purpose of life, to endure to the end and obtain eternal life; and living obediently with a desire and a determination to endure all things, having eternal vision. Eternal vision allows us to overcome opposition in our temporal state and, ultimately, achieve the promised rewards and blessings of eternal life." - Robert D. Hales, “Behold, We Count Them Happy Which Endure,” Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.75

“To think of enduring to the end as ‘hanging in there,’ doing one’s duty relentlessly, is not inaccurate. Yet enduring to the end is more than outlasting and surviving, though it includes those qualities. We are called upon, as was the Prophet Joseph, to ‘endure it well,’ gracefully, not grudgingly. (D&C 121:8.) We are also told that we must ‘endure in faith.’ (D&C 101:35.) These dimensions of enduring are important to note. Likewise, we are asked to endure ‘valiantly.’ (D&C 121:29.)” -  Neal A. Maxwell, “Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward,” p. 109

“I am a cross-country and track distance runner. Sometimes three miles on rough terrain can seem like an eternity. I have learned to endure to the end and to tolerate hard work and many physical and emotional challenges. Sometimes my mind screamed to stop and quit the race or the difficult practice, but I had to mentally and physically endure to the end. I have found that no matter how hard it was to run a race or finish a tough practice, nothing beats the satisfaction I get from knowing that I didn’t give up.” - Melanie Eaton, “The Reward Is Worth the Effort,” Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 93

"The ingredient that is essential in learning to endure is consistent effort. In our race for eternal life, pain and obstacles will confront all of us. We may experience heartaches, sorrow, death, sins, weakness, disasters, physical illness, pain, mental anguish, unjust criticism, loneliness, or rejection. How we handle these challenges determines whether they become stumbling stones or building blocks. To the valiant these challenges make progress and development possible." - Marvin J. Ashton, "If Thou Endure It Well," Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.20

Many lessons can be learned from the account of the Atonement. It is comforting to know that, though suffering, Jesus Christ was able to look down from the cross and be concerned for His mother, that she should be properly cared for, as He asked for the help of a disciple. This is one of the great messages we have heard this conference—that we turn some of our attention from our own trials and tribulations to concern and caring for others. - Robert D. Hales, "Lessons from the Atonement That Help Us to Endure to the End," Ensign (CR) October 1985

I have spoken over the years with many individuals who have told me, “I have so many problems, such real concerns. I’m overwhelmed with the challenges of life. What can I do?” I have offered to them, and I now offer to you, this specific suggestion: seek heavenly guidance one day at a time. Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness. The Savior promised, “Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Believe, Obey, and Endure,” Ensign (CR) May 2012

Enduring to the end means that we have planted our lives firmly on gospel soil, staying in the mainstream of the Church, humbly serving our fellow men, living Christlike lives, and keeping our covenants. Those who endure are balanced, consistent, humble, constantly improving, and without guile. Their testimony is not based on worldly reasons—it is based on truth, knowledge, experience, and the Spirit. -
Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Press On,” Ensign (CR) November 2004

In the last moments upon the cross Jesus asked His Father a very simple question: “Why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46.) Are there times in our lives when we think that we have been forsaken by God, or by our fellow men, or by our families? That is the moment when we have to turn our thoughts back to Christ and endure to the end. We know there is a great purpose in Christ’s suffering because this was an act of free agency. Jesus could have called upon legions of angels to bring Him down from the cross, but He did not. He endured to the end that we would have the benefits of the atoning sacrifice; that mercy could be brought into the world; that justice would be satisfied; that we might be resurrected; and that we might be able to earn, through our obedience, eternal life in the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ. - Robert D. Hales, “Lessons from the Atonement That Help Us Endure to the End,” Ensign (CR) October 1985

The most important thing is to keep trying—sometimes it takes several attempts before people find success. So don’t give up. Don’t lose faith. Keep your heart close to the Lord, and He will give you the power of deliverance. He will make you free. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Are You Sleeping through the Restoration?” Ensign (CR) April 2014

Our ability to endure to the end in righteousness will be in direct proportion to the strength of our testimony and the depth of our conversion. When our testimonies are strong and we are truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ, our choices will be inspired by the Holy Ghost, they will be Christ-centered, and they will support our desire to endure in righteousness. If our testimonies are weak and our conversion superficial, the risk is much greater that we will be enticed by the false traditions of the world to make poor choices. - Richard J. Maynes, “The Strength to Endure,” Ensign (CR) October 2013

Even so, brethren and sisters, modern communications have a way of bringing the world into our homes, and we must not lose our perspective, even if others are confused. If we hear discouraging reports and are sobered by events in the world, let us not become fainthearted—“Do not weary by the way.” The Lord’s program will succeed even if some individuals in the Church fail. We will see the constant progress of the Lord’s work, even in the midst of problems in the world. It will roll forth until it fills the whole earth. He has given us his assurances so many, many times. He has told us that if we will keep his commandments he is bound to keep his promises to us. He does! He will! - Spencer W. Kimball, “Do Not Weary by the Way,” Ensign (CR) October 1980

If enduring to the end is essential to eternal life, why do we struggle to be faithful? We struggle when we are caught between competing priorities. Casual obedience and lukewarm commitment weaken faith. Enduring to the end requires total commitment to the Savior and to our covenants. - Kevin W. Pearson, “Stay by the Tree,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

When heartaches, tragedies, disappointments, injury, unusual attention, fame, or excessive prosperity become part of our lives, our challenges and responsibilities will be to endure them well. God will assist us in our quest to conquer, triumph, and continue if we humbly rededicate ourselves to the meaningful declaration "We have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things." (A of F 1:13.) - Marvin J. Ashton, "If Thou Endure It Well," Ensign (CR), November 1984, p. 20

Today other biographies of faith are being written-Saints who, like Job, suffer physical pain, emotional sorrow, and even disloyalty from friends—yet remain faithful; Saints who, like Jacob, see sons and daughters not so valiant as they should be, but who bless them for their potential; Saints who, like Paul, endure great ridicule and endure to the end; Saints who, like Nephi, must separate themselves from family because of their commitment to the gospel. There are those who know pain and sorrow because of loss of loved ones; who know spiritual sorrow because children go astray; who experience loss of health, financial reverses, and emotional distress, and yet, like Job, resolve, "When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10). - Howard W. Hunter, "God Will Have a Tried People," Ensign (CR), May 1980, p. 24

To you who feel harried and overwhelmed and who wonder whether you ever will be able to run fast enough to catch the departing train you think you should be on, I suggest that you learn to deal with each day as it comes, doing the best you can, without feelings of guilt or inadequacy. I saw a bumper sticker the other day, sisters, that may say it all:

"God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will never die!” - M. Russell Ballard, "Be an Example of the Believers," Ensign (CR), November 1991, p. 95

In all of this, we should remember King Benjamin's caution to "see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength" (Mosiah 4:27). I think of that inspired teaching whenever I feel inadequate, frustrated, or depressed. - Dallin H. Oaks, "The Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.72

Energy is always required to provide lift over opposing forces. These same laws apply in our personal lives. Whenever an undertaking is begun, both the energy and the will to endure are essential. The winner of a five-kilometer race is declared at the end of five kilometers, not at one or two. If you board a bus to Boston, you don't get off at Burlington. If you want to gain an education, you don't drop out along the way-just as you don't pay to dine at an elegant restaurant only to walk away after sampling the salad. - Russell M. Nelson, “Endure and Be Lifted Up,” Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.70

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