Inspired by Melanie Eaton Leland Ward’s April 1995 Talk
Today’s inspiration is drawn from Melanie Eaton Leland Ward’s heartfelt message delivered in April 1995. In her talk, she beautifully emphasized the value of endurance and the remarkable rewards that come with it. Her words resonate with anyone who has faced challenges and persevered.
Picture this: You’re a cross-country and track distance runner. You’re out on the rugged terrain, facing three miles that seem to stretch into eternity. Every step is a test of your resolve. Your body aches, your mind screams at you to stop, but you keep pushing forward. Why? Because you’ve learned the incredible value of enduring to the end.
In life, just like in running, there are moments when you feel like giving up. Challenges, both physical and emotional, may seem insurmountable. Yet, it’s during these moments of endurance that we find our greatest strength. The satisfaction of knowing you didn’t give up is unparalleled.
In 3 Nephi, chapter 15, verse 9, Jesus shared a profound message with the Nephites: “Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.” These words are a testament to the eternal principle of endurance. The journey may be challenging, but the reward is eternal.
The concept of endurance extends beyond physical challenges; it’s equally applicable to our spiritual endeavors. Consider the terrain of studying the scriptures. For many, it’s not an easy path. The words may seem complex, the concepts challenging, but the rewards are immeasurable.
In Melanie Eaton Leland Ward’s own experience, she found scripture study to be like navigating rough terrain. It wasn’t always easy, but she was encouraged to form a habit of reading for just ten minutes each day. The promise was that it would be worth it in the long run. So, she began her training.
As she delved into the Book of Mormon, Melanie discovered that every time she read, she found different messages that related to the problems she faced in her life. It was a source of excitement and a testimony-building experience. The scriptures became a wellspring of guidance, offering insights into her daily challenges.
Tonight, the same excitement and testimony can be yours. Yes, it may be tough at first. We’ve all been there, wrestling with difficult passages and unfamiliar names. However, Melanie’s promise rings true: if you open up the scriptures and read every single day, that same excitement and testimony will come to you. One of the greatest blessings is growing closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through regular scripture study.
Scriptures provide a pathway for the Holy Ghost to prompt us in choosing the right each day. In 2 Nephi, chapter 32, verse 3, it’s written: “Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” This profound truth tells us that by feasting upon the words of Christ, we receive divine guidance in our daily lives.
As long as we endure to the end and make scripture reading a lifelong habit, we can echo the words of the Apostle Paul: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7). Endurance, in the context of scripture study, isn’t a one-time sprint; it’s a lifelong marathon.
Melanie testifies that the struggle is worth it. Her love for the Book of Mormon and the truths it holds has deepened over the years. It’s a journey that continues, one of learning how to apply the scriptures to daily life. The guidance she receives from scripture study is a calming influence, bringing peace into her daily activities.
In conclusion, let us reflect on the profound message of endurance in scripture study. Just as we conquer physical challenges through running and daily trials through enduring, we can overcome spiritual hurdles through consistent scripture study. The rewards are immense—a closer connection to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, divine guidance, and a deep well of peace.
In the spirit of enduring to make the world a better place, let’s remember that our actions can have a ripple effect. By nurturing our spiritual endurance through scripture study, we can become beacons of light and love to those around us. In these times of uncertainty and adversity, extending kindness and understanding is a powerful way to make the world brighter. Link to the original: Click Here
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