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December 23, 2020 - Keep Trying

In these times, we can learn much of God’s goodness and our divine potential for God’s love to grow in us as we seek Him and reach out to each other. In new ways and new places, we can do and become, line upon line, kindness upon kindness, individually and together.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong, "Hosanna and Hallelujah—The Living Jesus Christ: The Heart of Restoration and Easter", General Conference, April 2020

It's comforting to know that even Jesus Himself had to grow and learn line upon line and grace upon grace. Granted, He did it on a level far superior and far quicker than I could even imagine. Nonetheless, He had to grow and learn.

I, too, am learning and growing line upon line, a little here and a little there (hopefully). Difference is, I make mistakes which knock me backwards, down further on the path so that I have to make that ground up again. Seems like an endless endeavor sometimes. Two steps forward, one step backward, to where I'm still moving forward is where I need to reside here in mortality. Ideally, no steps backward is the goal but difficult in mortality.

Many times, though, it's two steps forward, and then two steps backward, sometimes even three steps backward. That can be discouraging for sure. But I take comfort in the words of Bruce R. McConkie when he said (paraphrasing) that as long as we're on the path when we die, no matter where we are on that path, we will have the opportunity to keep going.

So, as long as we are trying, as long as we are helping others along the way, especially in this difficult time, we will be okay. I've said it before...we will fall down on this journey but as long as we keep getting back up, we will be okay.

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