Diligence in the Face of Opposition

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This week was pretty humbling.  Sometimes you can work your hardest, strive to be completely obedient, and feel like you’re just pushing a mountain without even making a dent in it.  Investigators that you thought had lots of interest will return the Book of Mormon you gave them and tell you they don’t want it, you talk to a hundred people without any success, and the every appointment you make seems to fall through or cancel.  It’s sometimes easy in these times to get down and think that nothing is paying off, but I know that Heavenly Father allows us these hard times so we can more fully rely on Him, and so we can exercise and build our faith through a continued diligent effort.

Even though, things like this can be a little tough, I realized that it’s nothing compared to what others have been through.  The prophet Mormon writes to his son in the Book of Mormon telling him this (during a time when people are being tortured and violently killed)…

And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.

Even though Mormon and Moroni lived in a near-barbaric time, they knew that they must press on and continue preaching and laboring diligently to save souls.  Even if times seem hard, Heavenly Father will always hear our prayers, and give us the strength and ability to accomplish what He would have us do–even if it’s nothing more than just a faithful continued effort against a pile of opposition.

I know Heavenly Father lives and loves us so much!

❤ Sister Stastny

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