Sunday, August 9, 2015

“Press Forward With a Steadfastness in Christ”

Just a few days ago, Church leaders announced the 2016 theme for Mutual! (Can you believe that it's time for that already?!?!) The full theme is 2 Nephi 31:20, which says, "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." The shortened version of the theme is "Press Forward With a Steadfastness in Christ". 

I love this verse and it is perfect for the 2016 theme! With the recent legalization of gay marriage by the Supreme Court, plus all the other temptations and evil throughout the world, youth need to hear this message that Nephi wrote so long ago. 

I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet on this earth, and I sustain him with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. I know that he and the other leaders of the Church were inspired to choose this theme after many hours of prayer, both in groups and personally. I know our leaders care for the youth of the Church and they want what is best for them--me!--and they share our Father's vision of what we can become--what our potential is.

So, remember what message our leaders are passing on from heaven to the youth for 2016:

"Keep moving. With Christ as your compass, with hope as your torch, with love in your heart, with scriptures in hand, endure to the end and you will have eternal life."

Let me know in the comments how you will "press forward in Christ"!

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  1. So cool! Wow, this year has flown. I'll have to memorize that one!

  2. I'm going to work on developing my love of 'all men'. That means not getting irritable and annoyed by unimportant things, really praying for those I don't understand, etc.