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7 Habits to Help You Become a Better Mormon


3. The habit of prioritizing gospel living.

We often hear this in the phrase “remember the little things.” Habits such as family home evening, scripture study, Sabbath worship, prayer, and temple attendance must be practiced. We've all heard this before, and many of us have experienced it. Once we’ve missed Church for a few weeks, it can be hard to go back. Neglecting scripture study can make it hard to pick it up again. It is easy to rationalize away time, putting gospel principles on the back burner, but if we are consistent and diligent, we will find greater joy and motivation to keep going.

In an October 2014 conference talk, Elder Richard G. Scott explained, “Our Father in Heaven has given us tools to help us come unto Christ and exercise faith in His Atonement. When these tools become fundamental habits, they provide the easiest way to find peace in the challenges of mortality. . . . Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!”

Seven Habits highlight: “Habit three is about life management as well—your purpose, values, roles, and priorities. What are ‘first things?’ First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth. If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events according to the personal priorities you established in Habit two.”

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