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March 16, 2021 - Return and Report

The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know.
[So], hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, " Lord, I Believe", General Conference, April 2013

This is one of my favorite talks. I recommend listening to it again, not just reading it. There is a power in Elder Holland's voice.

Earlier today, I had a thought that came to my mind. It said, "return and report". I am here, we all are, to fulfill a specific purpose, a mission, if you will. Not only am I here to gain a physical body, and learn to control physical appetites, but I am here for a specific reason. A reason unique to me alone. Each one of us has a unique purpose in this life.

And, my Heavenly Father is asking me to return and report after each day. What did I set out to do that day? What did I end up accomplishing that day? Did I only care about my own welfare? Did I help another in need?

I need to be more accountable to my Father and why I am here in the first place.

I say this because I was reminded to "hold fast" to what I already know. In other words, hold fast to what part of my own plan I already know. There are still many things I don't yet know, but as I make an accounting each day, I will begin to know a bit more. My understanding of my mission will become that much clearer. Heavenly Father will trust me more to teach me more.

So, making an accounting each night will not only allow me to open my eyes and see how involved Heavenly Father is in my life, it will also teach me to become less selfish and more selfless. I can then begin to see beyond what's just in front of me.

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