Likewise, we lived with our Heavenly Parents in a comfortable home. Then we were presented with an opportunity to embark on a great adventure that offered challenges and struggles but also the promise of great reward — to become something more than we ever could becoming staying in our place of comfort. Although a third of our brothers and sisters rejected the plan, the rest of us thought the reward worth the risk. And so here we are.
In this great analogy, I see yet another parallel, one that applies to LDS singles. When you embrace your own personal ministry, you can embark on your great adventure through your single years.
See the parallels
God presented a plan for our great adventure through mortality. But that plan required us to leave the comforts of our heavenly home. In exchange, we received the opportunity to grow through making choices.
Here in mortality we find challenges and struggles as well as the chance for failure. But we judged the potential opportunity for growth worth the risk, and so we embraced the plan.
Likewise, Joy in the Journey Radio has long presented LDS singles with the plan to experience more joy in singles life by embracing a great adventure called a personal ministry. This choice requires singles to leave a comfortable, mediocre existence on autopilot in exchange for growth by making a unique contribution of goodness to the world.
Just like mortality, performing your personal ministry has many challenges and struggles as well as the chance for failure. But those who embrace their personal ministry judge the potential for growth and joy well worth the risk.
Begin your adventure
How do you begin your great adventure? Elder Uchtdorf taught you begin the great adventure of God’s plan by embracing the path of discipleship. In like manner, LDS singles can begin their great adventure of LDS singles life by embracing the path of their personal ministry.
Walking that path means partnering with the Lord and counseling with Him regarding what your personal ministry should be and what steps you should take. You’ll have more success if you simultaneously embrace the path of discipleship Elder Uchtdorf recommended in his remarks.
Keep striving, keep trying, keep reaching for the light and the best life that can be yours. When you choose not give up — whether in the path of discipleship or the path of your personal ministry, God extends a helping hand.
Set out today
Often that helping hand will come from other people. That’s because we need others to progress in our great adventure through mortality. Elder Uchtdorf taught, “The only way for you to progress in your gospel adventure is to help others progress as well. To help others is the path of discipleship.”
You’ll need the help of others in your personal ministry as well. If nothing else, sharing your light with others means having others to share with. But those others don’t necessarily need to accept your offerings. Your success in a personal ministry lies in your choices and actions, not in the choices and actions of others. It’s the same with sharing the gospel, as Elder Uchtdorf explains.
It’s normal to feel compelled to wait until everything is perfect before proceeding. This is your biological hard-wiring defending the status quo, and the status quo will never deliver your best life, not in terms of the gospel, and not in terms of a personal ministry.
Start your great adventure through life by embracing more fully the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And start your great adventure through LDS singles life by embracing more fully your own personal ministry. When you do, you’ll feel more satisfaction and growth than you’ve ever known. And that will bring you more joy in your journey.
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