Sometimes we won’t succeed.

That can be a hard visualization—especially if you’re anything like me. I don’t like to lose and I definitely don’t like to fail.
Over the years, I have experienced all of those things. I have won, lost, succeeded, and failed.
The good thing about all of them, they’ve helped me grow to the person I am today.
I’m going to continue on and do my best, no matter the outcome.
As I studied this morning, I took a talk from a general conference back in 2016. It was by Elder Holland. I first read it, and then I listened to it. I typically learn many different things when I read and then listen.
In his talk, he mentioned a few points that stood out to me.
1st: ”With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed.”
2nd: ”Please remember tomorrow, and all the days after that, that the Lord blesses those who want to improve, who accept the need for commandments and try to keep them, who cherish Christlike virtues and strive to the best of their ability to acquire them. If you stumble in that pursuit, so does everyone; the Savior is there to help you keep going. If you fall, summon His strength.”
3rd: This is from Joseph Smith— ”The gifts of God are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep my commandments, and for them that seeketh so to do.” Elder Holland then followed up with ”Boy, aren’t we all thankful for that added provision “and … seeketh so to do”! That has been a lifesaver because sometimes that is all we can offer!”
4th: ”If God were to reward only the perfectly faithful, He wouldn’t have much of a distribution list.”
So, sometimes we won’t succeed. That’s fine. The Lord knows we won’t succeed in everything. That’s why He came. He will make sure we win. He just asks us to try our very best.
He’s asks us to hear Him!


  1. Barbara Terry

    I’ve always loved Elder Holland’s encouraging words, especially this talk. The Lord knows the desires of our hearts, even when we fall short. Thanks for the reminder!


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