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Thursday, April 14, 2011


I love movies!  I think they strike a lot of cords with everyday life and how we interact with one another.  I especially like the movie Galaxy Quest because I think that's EXACLTY how a lot of sci-fi movie fans are (I know, I'm a Star Wars nut)!  Tim Allen plays a tv star Jason Nesmith, who plays an epic, Star Trek-like officer Commander Peter Quincy Taggert.  Commander Taggert's coin phrase is:

Never give up!  Never surrender!

In the 1980 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California, two great teams collided for the last game of the season.  One team featured a future Hall of Fame running back, while the other hosted a future Super Bowl winning quarterback.  It seemed like the match of the century, but early on it became what appeared to be a lopsided blowout.  That is..... until..... well, watch and find out!

Jesus Christ himself taught us that "he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."  Endurance is an eternal principle, and one that is necessary for our salvation.  It makes me think, however, what it is that we must endure?  The prophet Nephi tells us that "unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved."  So we need to follow the way that Christ showed us to live.  The apostle Paul teaches that we must "endure afflictions".  The Lord gave this qualification to the prophet Joseph Smith: "endure it well", which I believe means that we have the right attitude when we endure anything.  Last of all, in his epistle to Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote the following (2 Timothy 2:10):

10Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Enduring to the end is not easy by any means.  Thankfully, the Lord promises us such tremendous blessings if we endure to the end, in fact, the greatest blessing he can give us is achieved by righteouse living to the end.  In another revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord promises us (Doctrine and Covenants 14:7):

7And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.

Sometimes we may feel like we are losing the battle of life.  There are times we feel like we can't go any further, but we can do "all things through Christ who strengtheneth [us]."  We can be victorious as we use the Atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives.  He will support us.  He will make our burdens light if we but turn to Him.

Finally, the legendary football coach Woody Hayes once said:

"Paralyze resistance with persistence."

When Satan tries to resist us, persistantly follow the example of our Savior.

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