Michele's Journal: Making Changes that Last

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This journal entry was written by Michele at the beginning of her eighth week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 8 weeks since I began reading, Act in Doctrine. I have learned SO much, but I also feel like I have so much more to learn.

The thing that hit me the most throughout this process is that real change takes time and that once I make a change in my life, I can’t look back. I need to continue growing and changing instead so I don’t have to start over. With that said, I know I must continue to progress in my learning and acting even though I’ve finished the book. I learned so much about the sacrament and the Atonement, but now I can choose to forget what I’ve learned, or I can continue to learn and act on this newfound knowledge. I have to choose to act, but it’s not a one-time choice. I have to choose to act everyday!

My journey to becoming like the Savior will take my best efforts for my entire life and I cannot do it without the help of the Savior and my Heavenly Father. I know that the changes that take the longest and require the most effort will be the ones that I appreciate the most and that will stick with me forever. I know that the Lord will always come unto me and help me when I come unto Him. I am so grateful for the Atonement that allows me to change and grow and I am so grateful for this time on Earth to become more like Christ.

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