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March 4, 2020 – Baby steps

“With childlike humility and willingness to focus on our Father in Heaven and our Savior, we take steps toward Them, never giving up hope, even if we fall. Our loving Heavenly Father rejoices in each and every faithful step, and if we fall, He rejoices in each effort to get back up and try again.

I promise that each faith-filled step will be met with help from heaven. Guidance will come as we pray to our Heavenly Father, rely on our Savior and follow Him, and listen to the Holy Spirit. Strength will come because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Healing and forgiveness will come because of God’s grace. Wisdom and patience will come by trusting in the Lord’s timing for us. Protection will come by following God’s living Prophet.”

  1. Elder Randall K. Bennett, “Your Next Step”, General Conference, October 2015

We are admonished to keep all of the commandments. Blessings and help from the Lord are not reserved until we keep them all. Thankfully, we are blessed as we “seeketh so to do”. Meaning, the Lord will not withhold help and blessings until we are successful, but instead, to assist and strengthen in making us successful. He blesses us with strength and what we need even as we take the first step towards Him.

Faith is strengthened as faith is exercised. So, the more we make an effort to read and study the scriptures, the more we attend church, the more we observe the sabbath, the more we pay tithing, the more we hit our knees to pray, yea, the more like Christ we try to be, the stronger our faith becomes, and the more help we receive. In fact, the Lord magnifies our efforts so that they get multiplied exponentially.

All we have to do is show an effort. That’s it. The more we show that effort, the stronger we become, and the more we can do, then the closer to Christ we are. So, let’s open our eyes and behold the staff, who is Jesus Christ. As we take our first, and subsequent step thereafter, toward Him, He will strengthen us so that we can lift our feet each time while carrying our yokes. When we fall, He is there to lift us up. Being yoked with Him, we cannot fail. Ever.


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