Diligence Brings the Prize

The Lord answers your prayers. What a wonderful answer He gave me this past week. On Monday I woke up stressed out. I had a problem to deal with and I didn’t have any motivation to continue trying. Have you ever gotten into a point of despair where you desire success more than anything, but you have no idea how it will ever come? That was my situation. I hated it so I prayed before studying in the morning and asked the Lord to give me a hope to motivate myself to continue.

I began studying and after a chapter or so I felt like I should turn to the book of Mosiah, Chapter 4. I read and came across a beautiful scripture of King Benjamin teaching his people. Verse 27 says: “And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.” I love how it says, not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. Sometimes I take a problem on too aggressively. Sometimes I take a bigger bite than I can chew. But as the Lord continues in this scripture, be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize. Now I found my hope to hold on to! I still have no idea where my paths will lead, nor how it will all work out. But, at least I know that one way or another if I continue and be diligent in obedience and faith then the prize will come. That is easily enough for me 🙂 I can go on now, even though I don’t know the least of what or how I should do it!

So I continue. Because Christ suffered for my pains, my concerns, my faults, my imperfections I can move forward with faith and hope, knowing that there is something waiting for me. I am so grateful for it.

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Introductions and Motivations

I’ll introduce myself first. I have started this blog to share some of the lessons I learn through the week as I study the scriptures and gospel of Jesus Christ. I really don’t know how this will end up.. I don’t even know if I will be able to keep it up week by week (which is ironically the whole point of the blog, and my post for today). But, I hope to at least share what I know, learn, and feel about my Savior and what he has done for me.

I am an International Relations Junior at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I’m also getting a minor in Japanese due to spending 2 years as a volunteer missionary for my church in northern Japan. I love Japan and the Japanese people! I have decided that I am really half-japanese, at least my personality. With school, a part-time job, a love for helping my best friend make movies (and an occasional date) I have become terribly busy in my life. With all that, I recently decided to wake up at 6:30 each morning to study the Book of Mormon and the Bible so that I can continue to keep the Spirit of the Lord in my life. So that’s me! And this is my blog!

Hello world!

I am going to write soon. I am so excited to actually get started on this! I love that I finally get to do it!