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January 19, 2021 - Keep moving foward

Brothers and sisters, I believe that one day, each of you will look back at the canceled events, the sadness, the disappointments, and the loneliness attendant to the challenging times we are passing through to see them overshadowed by choice blessings and increased faith and testimonies. I pray that, along with Nephi, we can acknowledge the afflictions in the course of our days while at the same time recognizing that we are highly favored of the Lord.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson, "Highly Favored of thd Lord", General Conference, October 2020

This may seem a bit of an odd analogy here, but think of sharks. Yes, the marine animal. Strangely enough, sharks lack the buoyancy of other fishes so they sink unless they continue moving. They can't just float. Imagine that. They don't rest, they don't relax, they don't take a break to eat or use the restroom, and they don't sleep.

They are always moving. Continuously.

What can we learn from these sea creatures?

Despite what each of us go through, despite our challenges, despite our trials, our sorrows, our heartache, our stresses, and even our happy moments, we must continue to move forward, at least spiritually.

We can't stand, or sit, still. Otherwise, we will sink. We must acknowledge our challenges and hardships, but we do not need to give into them and give up. They will always be a part of our lives, Satan will always try to tempt and deceive us, but we do not have to dwell on these moments or give in to them.

Keep moving forward.

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