Elder Christofferson says achieve goals day-by-day

by | Jan. 10, 2011

What We Believe

Thoughtful planning and preparation are key to a rewarding future, but we do not live in the future, we live in the present, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve, told young adults at a Church Education System fireside Sunday.

"It is the accumulation of many days well-lived that adds up to a full life and a saintly person," Elder Christofferson said. "It is day-by-day that we achieve our goals. It is one day at a time that we overcome imperfections."

He spoke of the importance of approaching difficult goals or tasks one day at a time, and recounted the story of Marcus Luttrell, a U.S. Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his rigorous training and experiences.

"They endured weeks of near constant physical exertion, in and out of cold ocean water, swimming, paddling and carrying inflatable boats, running in sand, and doing hundreds of push-ups a day. They were in a near-perpetual state of exhaustion," Elder Christofferson shared from the book.

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