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October 13, 2020 - Life is a bear

What if the day of His coming were tomorrow? If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our premature death or through His unexpected coming—what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear?
If we would do those things then, why not now?

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Preparation for the Second Coming", General Conference, April 2004

I've said this before in a thought...when I was serving my mission, I used to ask my serious investigators if there was one thing in their life that they either are currently doing and they need to stop, or if there is something that they're not doing that they should be doing, to make their lives better and easier.

I got many answers to that question, mostly of things they want to stop doing.

Then I would ask, "if it makes your life better and easier, then why don't you stop doing that (or start doing that in the case of omitting tasks)?"

Well, I need to take my own advice, as it were. There are things in my life that I need to stop doing (commiting) and there are things that I need to do (stop omitting), and do more consistently.

The natural man (or woman) is a bear. It's hard to overcome. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. It can be overwhelming. All I can do is take one thing at a time. Work on that, then move to the next. Little by little. One note, it is easier to stop omitting things and get as close to Christ as possible because He will then help to stop committing the other things in life.

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