Endure to the End

MONSON_medium“A fundamental question remains to be answered of us: Shall I falter or shall I finish?”
– Thomas S. Monson




dieter-f-uchtdorf-large“When I was a young boy, ‘endure to the end’ meant to me mainly that I had to try harder to stay awake until the end of our Church meetings. Later as a teenager I progressed only slightly in my understanding of this scriptural phrase. I linked it with youthful empathy to the efforts of our dear elderly members to hang in there until the end of their lives. Enduring to the end, or remaining faithful to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our life, is a fundamental requirement for salvation in the kingdom of God. This belief distinguishes Latter-day Saints from many other Christian denominations that teach that salvation is given to all who simply believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ.”
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf

boyd-k-packer-large“Stay on the course. Keep your covenants. Continue forward until the time when the Lord’s blessings will come to you.”
– Boyd K. Packer




dieter-f-uchtdorf-large“The Lord clearly declared, ‘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’. Therefore, enduring to the end is not just a matter of passively tolerating life’s difficult circumstances or ‘hanging in there’. Ours is an active religion, helping God’s children along the strait and narrow path to develop their full potential during this life and return to Him one day. Viewed from this perspective, enduring to the end is exalting and glorious, not grim and gloomy. This is a joyful religion, one of hope, strength, and deliverance.”
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf