The Unauthorized Investigator's Guide to
The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints

Lesson 3

Endure to the End

The Missionaries Will Teach...

After we have entered the straight and narrow path to salvation through the principles and ordinances of faith, repentance, baptism, and confirmation, we must exert great effort to stay on the path of righteousness.

After God has forgiven us of our sins, we must try very hard to remain free of sin so that we can be worthy to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.  When we were baptized, we promised that we would  obey God's commandments for the rest of our lives.  If we fall short, we need to repent or we'll lose the promised blessings.  In the scriptures, striving to obey the commandments and perform church service for the rest of our lives is called "enduring to the end."

If we stay on the straight and narrow path, we'll grow closer to God and will overcome the temptations of Satan.  The pattern of our daily lives becomes having faith in Christ, repenting, keeping the commandments, and being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.  By faithfully and consistently obeying the commandments and remaining loyal to the church, we qualify for eternal life.

Some Additional Thoughts...

The Perfect Mormon Woman.  A story about one Mormon's quest to stay on the path of righteousness.

"Church has always made me miserable. For thirty years I have tried to convince myself that it makes me happy." The missionaries talk a lot about how happy living the gospel makes you.  Yet most members fade away into inactivity, and the church is now putting renewed emphasis on needing to endure to the end.  If it really delivers what the missionaries promise, why is "enduring" even an issue?

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