Saturday, January 31, 2015

February 5

Principle:  Work hard, have passion, be a finisher, and be involved.

Spend time doing each of these six inspirements:
1 hour for Apprentice,
1 1/2 hour for Journeyman,
and 2 hours or more for Master level 

1. Experience from President Monson:
Read or listen to the talk by President Monson entitled "Finishers Wanted."

2. Think about and write about the following questions in your Truth Book: 
  • What are some scriptural and historical accounts of those who faltered?
  • What are some scriptural and historical accounts of those who finished?
  • Why is it so hard to finish? What is the difference between those who falter and those who finish?
  • What have I finished? Where have I faltered? Why have I finished and faltered in these areas and what can I learn about myself and improve going forward?
  • What are my personal goals for finishing? What areas, things, goals, commitments do I want to FINISH in my life, in the next 5 years, in the next year, today?

3. Our guest speaker this week, Amber Watson, talked about her experiences of FINISHING. She used the example of racing in marathons, triatholons, and cycling as a metaphor for being a finisher in life. Write in your truth book some of the things you learned from her, things that you felt inspired about, or things you thought were important that she talked about. What did you come to understand about finishing and how did you want to incorporate them into your life?

 4. How is finishing a race like life?
What character traits did Amber Watson have to have to finish her races? What character traits do we need to be finishers and to be successful in our life? President Monson gave some great ideas in his talk above. Write about this in your Truth Book. 

5. Watch the following inspiring videos about finishing.  
Write principles, lessons, and inspirations you have while watching them in your Truth Book. How can you apply this to your life?
6. Write one of these quotes/poems in your Truth Book and memorize it:
  • “Vision without effort is daydreaming, effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize.” - President Thomas S. Monson
  • “The ingredient that is essential in learning to [finish] is consistent effort. In our race for eternal life, pain and obstacles will confront all of us. We may experience heartaches, sorrow, death, sins, weakness, disasters, physical illness, pain, mental anguish, unjust criticism, loneliness, or rejection. How we handle these challenges determines whether they become stumbling stones or building blocks. To the valiant these challenges make progress and development possible.” - Elder Marvin J. Ashton
  • We are constantly making small decisions. The outcome determines the success or failure of our lives. That is why it is worthwhile to look ahead, set a course, and at least be partly ready when the moment of decision comes. True finishers have the capacity to visualize their objective.” - President Thomas S. Monson
  • Stick to Your Task
"Stick to your task 'til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place and praise
Will always come to the one who stays.
Stick to your task 'til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile,
Will come life's victories after a while."
-Author unknown, quoted by President Monson

  • Don't Quit
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
-Edgar A. Guest

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