In this, my final post of President Uchtdorf’s conference talk It Works Wonderfully!, I will focus on those who may be reading this worried about the status or their own testimony or deeply concerned about the struggling faith of a loved one.
A major cultural obstacle to our happiness is the incessant need we have to compare ourselves with others. Too often when we look at the successes of others we become discouraged that what we have accomplished pales in comparison. President Uchtdorf’s provided those of us with these feelings of doubt, the following counsel:
I learned in my life that we don’t need to be “more” of anything to start to become the person God intended us to become. God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord.
These words of hope remind us that we don’t need to be more of of anything to be acceptable to God. We simply need to start where we are now. The barometer of our faith is not found in the testimony possessed by others. Rather, it is found in our own personal dialog with God.
Keep in mind that our time in mortality is following a personal curriculum created by our Father to provide us the necessary experiences we need to develop the desire to live with Him again. By personal curriculum, I mean that the challenges we face and the obstacles we overcome are tailored just for us. They cannot be compared to the personal curriculum of others.
Because mortality is in our face, it is so easy to forget that we are all strangers on this earth. Paul compared mortality to “seeing through a glass darkly.” Because of these dark lenses, we all struggle to see ourselves as God sees us. When we look in the mirror, we see a flawed person who constantly falls short.
If we could, for the smallest of moment, look at ourselves through God’s eyes, we would see a beloved son or daughter who is prized above all and for whom He was willing to sacrifice Christ so that we could live with Him again.
We need to hold on to whatever anchors our faith when we come face to face with the onslaught of doubts. If we can just believe that there is a God who loves us and will never abandon us, for a time, that may be all we need to endure the trials of our faith and master the curriculum God has prepared for each of us.
Remember, discipleship is a journey, not a destination.