My companion shared a scripture in Jacob 5:41:
I loved the line that states, "what could I have done more for my vineyard?
but I like to look at it as "what more could I have done today?" There's a difference between RISING TO OUR POTENTIAL and REACHING THAT POTENTIAL. Some do everything they possibly can with all heart, might, mind and strength and accomplishing the maximum and then the other of just reaching and barely touching the finish line and just letting the time pass by and doing great by doing good deeds but not their maximum. As sometimes it is so each and for others it's difficult. I read a Liahona in my studies the other day by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf about RISING UP and CONTINUING on the path. Sometimes we fall and get right back up and sometimes we can't so we spend our time sitting. For others it's super easy to stand right back up, but others no. Some don't want help and others just need a helping hand and a smile of encouragement. There is always HOPE. "No one like to fail. We particularly don't like it when others especially those we love see us fail. WE all want to be respected and esteemed. We want to be champions. But we mortals do not become champions with out effort and discipline or without making mistakes. Brethern, our destiny is not determined by the number of time we stumble, but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward." When we fall, it's not a bad thing, we need to face our weaknesses we need to become HUMBLE and MEEK, this is why I love the atonement by turning our hearts and our will to our Savior and giving up sin. Through repentance The apostle Paul taught that "godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation...but the sorrow of the world worketh death." Godly sorrow inspires change and hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Worldly sorrow pulls us down, extinguishes hope, and persuades us to give in to further temptation. Godly sorrow leads to conversion and a change of heart. It causes us to hate sin and love goodness. It encourages us to stand up and walk in the light of Christ's love. true repentance is about transformation, not torture or torment." But first we have to decide to come to HIM, we cannot become HUMBLE until we let ourselves go and walk HIS path of discipleship and through the Atonement. "If we look around with observant eyes and the motive of a caring heart, we will recognize the opportunities the Lord places in front of us to help other RISE UP and move toward their true potential. The scriptures suggest, "What soever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men." Falling is natural, it's what we do, we are only human begins, were are not perfect. WE just need to be willing to RISE UP again and CONTINUE on the path. It will make us face our weaknesses and sometimes fail but that is what will make us STRONGER. Trust in the Lord and HIS love. Have FAITH and STAND TALL. Make every moment GLORIOUS. You are STRONGER than you realize. When the hardships come, INCREASE your FAITH, INCREASE you studies, INCREASE your prayers, INCREASE service, INCREASE obedience and the blessings will flow after. Matthew 11:28-30
FIRST: FAITH, SECOND: REPENTANCE (humility) and THIRD: STANDING UP and continuing on when struggling. Care for others, looking at ourselves will make everything harder, become like the Savior. STAND TALL and SHINE BRIGHT like He does. Be the example. Have energy and excitement. My dad always taught love everything and every moment you are in NOW. Don't look back at what you had, Don't look forward at what you can have, but look at what you have NOW and enjoy it! CHANGE, use everything you've got, have faith and hope, use the ATONEMENT, RISE UP, STAND TALL, and DO IT NOW!!
I love you all so much and pray for you! - Hermana Chesler - para siempre Dios este con vos
Homework: I invite you to read these talks:
Men read: "The Moral Force of Women" by Todd Christofferson
Women read: "Power in the Priesthood" by Neil L Anderson
They are in reverse on purpose to read about the other gender, to learn how we can respect and build upon eachother.