The gospel is spread by the weak and simple of the earth but we are not to remain such. We are to improve and grow, becoming powerful and strong. We are to become educated, knowledgable, and faithful. What is undeniably frustrating to the Lord and to church leaders are individuals who do not live up to their potential. How pathetic are the simple minded who revel in their simple-mindedness and never seek to improve themselves! How pathetic are those who are highly intelligent and knowledgable who do not improve themselves or who waste what they have been given on things of no or little worth. The parable of the talents is of great relevance to us today. There are also those who have immense abilities, talents, and potential who are slothful or even antipathetic towards the work of the Lord. What a tragic waste! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for the perfecting of the saints, not for perfect saints. But what of those who will not be perfected? Many refuse great blessings because of short-sightedness, selfishness, or sin. Perfection doesn’t come in a day, perfection doesn’t come in a lifetime, but to the faithful through the grace of Christ, perfection will come. Working on improving some weakness each day goes a very long way.
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