The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Persistence

"Hidden knowledge is not unfindable. It is available to all who really search. Christ said, '... seek and ye shall find.' (Matt. 7:7.) Spiritual knowledge is not available merely for the asking; even prayers are not enough. It takes persistence and dedication of one's life. The knowledge of things in secular life are of time and are limited; the knowledge of the infinite truths are of time and eternity." — Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," October 1968, p. 129

"For several years we have given three rules to our missionaries, as a means to success; the first rule is Work, the second Hard work, and the third Persistent, prayerful, honest work. We bear testimony that success has come to every one who has followed these three rules. We have never had an elder go into the field, who has complied therewith, but who has come home with his heart full of joy, with a testimony that God lives, and the messengers of our Father have been sent before his face to guide his footsteps in the way of the honest in heart, and in the way of friends." — German E. Ellsworth, "Conference Report," April 1907, p. 87-88

"Fear and faith are antagonistic to one another, and it is our obligation to promote faith, not fear; so stand steady. There is always the temptation-it's true in Church schools, it's true in seminaries and institutes, it's true of the missionaries out in the mission field, it's true of the bishops and stake presidents-...." — Boyd K. Packer, "That All May Be Edified," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982], p. 264

"Elbert Hubbard said, 'The secret of success is constancy of purpose.' Disraeli said, 'Genius is the power to make continuous effort.' Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself has changed, but that our power to do has increased.' Leonardo da Vinci said, 'Thou, O God, doth sell us all good things at the price of labor.' Calvin Coolidge said, 'Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. The world is full of unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is filled with educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.'" — Sterling W. Sill, "That Ye Might Have Life," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974], p. 65

"It is up to us. Therein lies life's greatest and most persistent challenge. Thus when people are described as 'having lost their desire for sin,' it is they, and they only, who deliberately decided to lose those wrong desires by being willing to 'give away all [their] sins' in order to know God (Alma 22:18)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "According to the Desire of [Our] Hearts," Ensign, November 1996, p. 22

"'Be not weary in well-doing' (D&C 64:33), my brothers and sisters. Being true to ones duty is a mark of true disciples of the Lord and the children of God. Be valiant in your duty. Stay in step. Do not fail in your most important task, that of keeping your second estate. Be true to your duty, for it will bring you to God." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Let Every Man Learn His Duty," Ensign (CR), November 1980, p.69

"There may be times when we may feel overwhelmed, hurt, or on the edge of discouragement as we are trying so hard to be perfect members of the Church. Be assured, there is balm in Gilead. Let us listen to the prophets of our days as they help us to focus on the things that are central to the Creators plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The Lord knows us, He loves us, He wants us to succeed, and He encourages us by saying: 'And see that all... things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that [men or women] should run faster than [they have] strength.... [But] it is expedient that [they] should be diligent (Mosiah 4:27).'" - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Global Church Blessed by the Voice of the Prophets," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.10

"It is normal for children to try. They fall and get up numerous times before they can be certain of their footing. But adults, who have gone through these learning periods, must determine what they will do, then proceed to do it. To 'try' is weak. To 'do the best I can' is not strong. We must always do better than we can. This is true in every walk of life. We have a companion who has promised: 'Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' (Matt. 7:7.) With the inspiration from the Lord we can rise higher than our individual powers, extend far beyond our own personal potential." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Miracle of Forgiveness," p.163

"We live in difficult times, and there are days now (and there will surely be more challenging ones in the future) when we may be tempted to close up the shop of everyday life and look with despair upon the future. We must not yield to such temptations. To turn an expression of the Prophet Joseph to a different context, 'There is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints' (D&C 123:15). And so we look ahead, plan for the future, and begin now putting things in their proper order. We are neither ignorant nor naíve about the tests and trials ahead, but we will not yield ourselves to the spirit of cynicism. And so we look to the future, but we are not captivated or ensnared with anxiety regarding the future. We set goals but are open to a change in plans, knowing full well that He who notices the fall of the sparrow is conscious of and will lead his chosen people along the pathways of life." - Robert L. Millet, "I Will Fear No Evil"

"There is an inherent resilience deeply rooted in each of our spirits that can help us make a comeback—a slow, painful one, perhaps not always of our own choosing—but a comeback still the same. Indeed, resilience is the special gift of all living things—the force that makes plants seek the sun after a damaging storm. It is as though the psalmist's words are written on our souls: 'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.'" - Lloyd D. Newell, "May Peace Be with You," p.10

“The valiant among us keep moving forward anyway, because they know the Lord loves them, even when they ‘do not know the meaning of all things’ (1 Ne. 11:17). As you and I observe the valiant cope successfully with severe and relentless trials, we applaud and celebrate their emerging strength and goodness. Yet the rest of us tremble at the tuition required for the shaping of such sterling character, while hoping we would not falter should similar circumstances come to us!” - Neal A. Maxwell, “Plow in Hope,” Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 59

“One of the most important lessons I have learned is that our capacity as children of God becomes what it has to be. We should never minimize or underestimate our ability to deal with challenges placed before us. The size or complexity of challenges need not be a cause for alarm or despair. Human potentiality is perhaps the most squandered resource on earth, and possibly the least tapped.” - David B. Haight, “My Neighbor—My Brother!,” Ensign (CR), May 1987, p. 59

I am asking you not to give up “for ye are laying the foundation of a great work.” That “great work” is you—your life, your future, the very fulfillment of your dreams. That “great work” is what, with effort and patience and God’s help, you can become. When days are difficult or problems seem unending, I plead with you to stay in the harness and keep pulling. You are entitled to “eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days,” but it will require your heart and a willing mind. It will require that you stay at your post and keep trying. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "However Long and Hard the Road," New Era, September 1983

Our responsibility is to rise from mediocrity to competence, from failure to achievement. Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final….

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena” (Clifton Fadiman, ed., The American Treasury: 1455–1955, New York: Harper and Brothers, 1955, p. 689). - Thomas S. Monson, "The Will Within," Ensign (CR) May 1987

I exhort you, I pray for you—if you do not know these things for yourself, follow the example of Joseph Smith and the pattern of the Restoration. Turn to the scriptures. Kneel in prayer. Ask in faith. Listen to the Holy Ghost. Learn that your name and needs are known by our Heavenly Father, just as Joseph’s were. Live the gospel with patience and persistence. And in the name of Jesus Christ, I promise, “If ye will … ask [Heavenly Father] in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping [the Lord’s] commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.” - Robert D. Hales, "Receiving a Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ," Ensign (CR) November 2003

Let us “be of good cheer” (D&C 78:18), for the Lord will, as he has promised, lead us along and show us the way. He will help us as we decide from day to day on the allocation of our time and talent. We will move faster if we hurry less. We will make more real progress if we focus on the fundamentals. We will even come to know more as we serve more, for as we learn to bear more we are made ready to hear more (see John 16:12 and Mark 4:33). -
Spencer W. Kimball, “Let Us Move Forward and Upward,” Ensign (CR) May 1979

I have found through the years and in a series of Church responsibilities that as long as I balance the load, delegate and shift the burden if it becomes too cumbersome, making sure that family, business, and other interests counterbalance my load of duty, it becomes light. If the yoke chafes or irritates, I whittle or sand it down by learning more about the position and educating myself in the work. Then the yoke becomes comfortable and easy, as the Lord said it would. Of course, the cushion or pad that spans the neck is the knowledge we have of the divinity of this great latter-day work, our testimony of the gospel. That is what really cushions the shocks and jolts as we carry our burdens down the rocky road of life. -
Spencer H. Osborn, “Service in the Church,” Ensign (CR) November 1984

I suggest that you take both the short and the long view as you try to give the inheritance of hope to your family. In the short run, there will be troubles and Satan will roar. And there are things to wait for patiently, in faith, knowing that the Lord acts in His own time and in His own way….

We will need the long view when those we love feel the pull of the world and the cloud of doubt seems to overwhelm their faith. We have faith, hope, and charity to guide us and to strengthen them. -
Henry B. Eyring, “A Priceless Heritage of Hope,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

… are we prepared for the voyage of life? The sea of life can at times become turbulent. Crashing waves of emotional conflict may break all around us. Chart your course, be cautious, and follow the safety measures outlined.

1. Choose good friends.
2. Seek parental guidance.
3. Study the gospel.
4. Obey the commandments.
5. Serve with love.
6. Pray with purpose.

Thomas S. Monson, “In Harm’s Way,” Ensign (CR) May 1998

Because of Christ there is hope smiling brightly before you, and you need not worry too much about sickness, death, poverty, or other afflictions. The Lord will take care of you. Your responsibility is to keep the commandments, feast upon the words of Christ, and stay in the path to your heavenly home. -
Julie B. Beck, “There Is Hope Smiling Brightly before Us,” Ensign (CR) May 2003

Be obedient to the prophetic teachings Christ would have you follow. Don’t rationalize away future happiness by taking shortcuts instead of applying sound gospel principles. Remember: little things lead to big things. Seemingly insignificant indiscretions or neglect can lead to big problems. More importantly, simple, consistent, good habits lead to a life full of bountiful blessings. -
Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home,” Ensign (CR) May 2013

We are given this insight in Doctrine and Covenants 90:24 [D&C 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. -
Susan W. Tanner, “All Things Shall Work Together for Your Good,” Ensign (CR) April 2004

But some may say, "I have faith the Lord will turn them away." What ground have we to hope this? Have I any good reason to say to my Father in Heaven, "Fight my battles," when he has given me the sword to wield, the arm and the brain that I can fight for myself? Can I ask him to fight my battles and sit quietly down waiting for him to do so? I cannot. I can pray the people to hearken to wisdom, to listen to counsel; but to ask God to do for me that which I can do for myself is preposterous to my mind. -
"Discourses of Brigham Young," selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe, p. 426

While so striving daily, we will fall short. Hence the avoidance of discouragement is so vital. So where is the oft and much needed resilience to be found? Once again, in the glorious Atonement! Thereby we can know the lifting tide flowing from forgiveness. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ," Ensign (CR), November 1997, p. 22

How many of you have heard an inspiring thought, hymn, or story, and then had a desire to go do something good? This is not unusual; it is a healthy, spiritual feeling that is essential to our progress. But how often have you followed through on those feelings? ... When God takes it into his heart to do something, whatever it is, he does it. He simply does it. - Jack H Goaslind, “Yagottawanna,” Ensign (CR), May 1991, p.45

Let us determine to always be in His service. While seeking knowledge, we need to avoid the philosophies of men that lessen our commitment to the Savior. We must see sin in its true light and accept the Savior’s Atonement through repentance. We need to avoid looking beyond the mark and focus on Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, and follow His doctrine. – Quentin L. Cook, “Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus,” Ensign (CR) November 2016

We have been entrusted with a special message for all the world. We must ever be conscious of that trust and ever be on the alert. There is a tide to be taken now in the affairs of the Church in all the earth which will lift us up and carry us forward as never before. Let us then not weary in well doing. – Spencer W. Kimball, “Let Us Not Weary in Well Doing,” Ensign (CR) May 1980

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