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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Baby Steps

In the movie "What About Bob?", Bill Murray plays the role of Bob.

Bob has some issues; no.... Bob has a LOT of issues!  After going through several doctors and specialists, he is finally referred to the revered and respected Dr. Leo Marvin.  As Dr. Marvin and Bob meet, Bob receives a tremendous and insightful way to look at the world and help take care of his problems.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is very simple, but it does require a lot of work and effort.  The Lord recognizes that, and he doesn't want us to feel overwhelmed as we go about living life and striving to follow Christ.  He's there to support us, and has actually given counsel for us to take "Baby Steps" in our lives as we progress.

In Isaiah 28:10, we read:

"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"

The Lord gave us, through the prophet Joseph Smith, this counsel (Doctrine and Covenants 98:12):

"For he will give unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept; and I will try you and prove you herewith."

God will give to us a little bit at a time.  To the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul told them that "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it... (1 Corinthians 3:2)."  The Lord doesn't expect us to have it all figured out all at once.  Just as we start off as a baby with milk and baby steps, we learn, we grow, we improve, we change and we work so that we're eventually able to eat meat or make leaps and bounds.  But, we need to be patient and faithful.  The knowledge that God is our loving Heavenly Father is a beautiful source of strength in knowing that God does prepare His children, line upon line, to receive something greater.

Watch this video of a man who received eternal truths line upon line, precept upon precept.

"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have. (2 Nephi 28:30)"

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