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Therefore, enduring to the end is not just a matter of passively tolerating life’s difficult circumstances or “hanging in there.” Ours is an active religion, helping God’s children along the strait and narrow path to develop their full potential during this life and return to Him one day. Viewed from this perspective, enduring to the end is exalting and glorious, not grim and gloomy. This is a joyful religion, one of hope, strength, and deliverance. “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25).

Enduring to the end is a process filling every minute of our life, every hour, every day, from sunrise to sunrise. It is accomplished through personal discipline following the commandments of God.

The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a way of life. It is not for Sunday only. It is not something we can do only as a habit or a tradition if we expect to harvest all of its promised blessings. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Enduring to the end implies “patient continuance in well doing” (Romans 2:7), striving to keep the commandments (see 2 Nephi 31:10), and doing the works of righteousness (see D&C 59:23). It requires sacrifice and hard work. To endure to the end, we need to trust our Father in Heaven and make wise choices, including paying our tithes and offerings, honoring our temple covenants, and serving the Lord and one another willingly and faithfully in our Church callings and responsibilities. It means strength of character, selflessness, and humility; it means integrity and honesty to the Lord and our fellowmen. It means making our homes strong places of defense and a refuge against worldly evils; it means loving and honoring our spouses and children.

By doing our best to endure to the end, a beautiful refinement will come into our lives. We will learn to “do good to them that hate [us], and pray for them which despitefully use [us]” (Matthew 5:44). The blessings that come to us from enduring to the end in this life are real and very significant, and for the life to come they are beyond our comprehension.
Author: Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf , Source: Have We Not Reason to Rejoice? October 2007 General Conference...Saved by mlsscaress in sacrifice potential trust integrity character service joy home refinement reap sow perspective covenants refuge hardwork enduring active 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of--throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
Author: C. S. Lewis, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=1156Saved by richardkmiller in temple refinement growing deification 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
God has dealt with the weaknesses of his servants in every age. It is amazing how consistently the biographies of great bible leaders commence in weakness and then grow in strength....God knew each of these servants to be diamonds in the rough, and while their refining often involved the shock and heartbreak of many bitter experiences, never the less they each finally came forth as polished gems of brilliant integrity. Jacob was one of these who went through the polishing mill. The offense in his earlier life of trying to decieve his father finally faded into the shadows as God taught him complete purity of purpose and helped him rise to the pinnacle of his best potential self. As it was said of another, so might it be said of Jacob, "yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered."
Author: W. Cleon Skousen, Source: The Third Thousand Years, pp.37-38Saved by mlsscaress in obedience learn purpose refinement Jacob purity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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