Facing Long-Term Challenges By Facing Today’s Challenge…

christofferson-weddingI’m in the middle of a project where I’m trying to study young adults through prophetic eyes. This research has given me the chance to read some incredible addresses from apostles and prophets that were directed to members of the church from ages 18-30. I’m not ready to report on anything from that study, but I do want to share one gem that was uncovered while reading this morning.

Rather than let my words get in the way, I’ll just share the idea, as expressed by Elder D. Todd Christofferson:

In the 1950s my mother survived radical cancer surgery, but difficult as that was, the surgery was followed with dozens of painful radiation treatments in what would now be considered rather primitive medical conditions. She recalls that her mother taught her something during that time that has helped her ever since: “I was so sick and weak, and I said to her one day, ‘Oh, Mother, I can’t stand having 16 more of those treatments.’ She said, ‘Can you go today?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Well, honey, that’s all you have to do today.’ It has helped me many times when I remember to take one day or one thing at a time.”


The Spirit can guide us when to look ahead and when we should just deal with this one day, with this one moment.

Wise words from a woman who was staring down 16 more treatments after only having one. We are often paralyzed at the thought of how bad things are going to get and that paralysis stops us from thriving–or even living–today. 

Most of us are being challenged by something right now. Whatever that something is may be (or at least feel) long-term, and the thoughts of facing what seems to be an endless river of problems can be overwhelming. But, can you do _____ today? Can you face today’s issues with faith and effort and enough energy to build some momentum? We can “just deal with this one day” today, and the Lord will create plans to help us deal with tomorrow…

Be Encouraging…



2 thoughts on “Facing Long-Term Challenges By Facing Today’s Challenge…

  1. Jay

    Wise words. There were times this insight would have been helpful. Thank you, I’m sure there will be future opportunities.


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