Sunday, May 17, 2015

General Authority Gems: Keep On Trying

"Some years ago a wonderful young man named Curtis was called to serve a mission. He was the kind of missionary every mission president prays for. He was focused and worked hard. At one point he was assigned a missionary companion who was immature, socially awkward, and not particularly enthusiastic about getting the work done.

"One day, while they were riding their bicycles, Curtis looked back and saw that his companion had inexplicably gotten off his bike and was walking. Silently, Curtis expressed his frustration to God; what a chore it was to be saddled with a companion he had to drag around in order to accomplish anything. Moments later, Curtis had a profound impression, as if God were saying to him, “You know, Curtis, compared to me, the two of you aren’t all that different.” Curtis learned that he needed to be patient with an imperfect companion who nonetheless was trying in his own way.

"As God encourages us to keep on trying, He expects us to also allow others the space to do the same, at their own pace." (from Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying)

~  Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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