“When we’re tempted to give up, we must remember God is long-suffering, change is a process, and repentance is a pattern in our lives.”

art by Malory Fiso

Warren Cowdery wasn’t as quick to convert to the gospel as his brother.

Even after converting, he felt the weight of disapproval from those around him.

He wrote in a letter to Oliver,

“I have a thousand times wished I could have that evidence that you have had.” (Revelations in context)

He longed for a preacher to come to their community and “do us good, by strengthening and building us up in the most holy faith.”

And then, he was called to be that preacher. (D&C 106:1)

He wanted to be built up…

And God called him to be the builder.

In life, I feel like that happens more times than not.

God, challenging us to be the change we want to see.

It can feel heavy.

Especially when you feel inadequate.

Or tired.

Or like you just want to hand off the burden to someone else for a while.

“When we’re tempted to give up, we must remember God is long-suffering, change is a process, and repentance is a pattern in our lives.” (Brad Wilcox)

Because, as the Lord promised Warren, the Lord will “give [us] grace and assurance wherewith [we] may stand.”

So stand.

Expect Christ’s Grace to be there.

And be the change you want to see.


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