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The struggle is real! It was real when I was in my teens, and it’s still real in my twenties. Whether hard times are the result of our choices or a part of life, we can find find the strength to make things right or withstand the storm.

I recently felt that my world was in chaos around me. I was suffering because of things out of my control. On a Sunday morning, I sat in my car and pleaded to my Heavenly Father for strength. To start, He gave me the strength to make it into our sacrament meeting. In that meeting, I found a more permanent strength beyond my own.

As I took the bread and water, I remembered my Savior and the personal atonement he bore for me. The sacrament is passed to us individually which can make the ordinance more personal. Just like the Savior is at the door without a handle, it’s up to us to come to the door and let him in. When we do, we recognize that He knows our struggles better than anyone else. He suffered so He can comfort and strengthen us.

“He…knows our struggles, our heartaches, our temptations, and our suffering, for He willingly experienced them all as an essential part of His Atonement…Because of His atoning experience in mortality, our Savior is able to comfort, heal, and strengthen all men and women everywhere, but I believe He does so only for those who seek Him and ask for His help.”

– Elder Dallin H. Oaks

I sincerely asked for strength, and I received it! A beautiful part of taking the sacrament is understanding the atonement as it applies to you that week. The sacrament has helped me know my Savior and feel lifted by his hands. It’s a precious 20 minutes that I’ll never take for granted again.

You might be wondering “How does this relate to success?” In short, the difficulties of mortality can be self made, but many more are just a natural part of life. As we try to improve ourselves, date, and work/study, we struggle. Don’t let the struggle get you down or set you back. Your Heavenly Father wants you to succeed, and he won’t leave you unaided. You can get the strength you need by striving to keep your baptismal covenants, taking the sacrament, and asking for that strength beyond your own. It’s more than bread and water. I promise.


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