Why We Are Asked to Do So Much

There are so many opportunities to do good that we can lose sight of why doing is an important part of God’s plan.

Doing Strengthens Testimony

Doing is an important part of knowing. If we choose to do what Jesus taught, we will know it is true.

“Acquiring a testimony is not a passive thing but a process in which we are expected to do something,” taught Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Jesus taught, ‘If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself’ (John 7:17)” (“Testimony,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2008, 27).

Doing Makes Us More like Christ

Doing is an essential part of becoming. If we consistently choose to do what Jesus taught, we will steadily become more like Him.

“The Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done,” Elder Oaks said. “It is an acknowledgement of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become” (“The Challenge to Become,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 32).

We Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Though the gospel provides continual opportunities to become more like the Savior, we don’t need to feel overwhelmed.

The Savior’s grace enables us both to do what He asks and to become like Him (see 1 Cor. 15:10; Ether 12:27; Moroni 10:32–33).

Where Do I Start?

The Lord said the “to do list” can be boiled down to two things—love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself (see Mark 12:30–31). Work on loving Him and loving those around you. That’s the best place to start.

The Lord said the “to do list” can be boiled down to two things—love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself (see Mark 12:30–31).

What Youth Have to Say

Do Your Best
“I’ve learned that when you try to do everything, you can become stressed. If you just try to do your best each day, you’ll be fine. If you listen to the Holy Ghost and stay close to the Lord through prayer and scripture study, things will fall into place and soon you will be the person the Lord intends you to be. I tried to be almost perfect and I worried about not being good enough, but that isn’t what the Lord wants. Feeling inadequate and down on yourself is not of the Lord. So just give Him your best, and you will find peace and joy in your life.” Zandi C., age 16, Wyoming, USA

Seek the Lord’s Help
“Read the scriptures and pray daily. Seek to always be in tune with the Holy Ghost. Heavenly Father will help you live the gospel. Always seek His help. Ask His direction so that you can do what He hopes you will do. With each correct choice you make, you will feel the presence of the Spirit. That will make it so you desire to make more correct choices.” Thaís S., 15, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Trust in the Lord
“The gospel is here to help us, not worry us. If we have trust in the Lord, then we can have trust in His gospel. When you have trust, living the gospel will not seem so overwhelming because you understand why you are living it.” —Charlotte R., 15, Utah, USA.

Focus on the Work at Hand
“Don’t think of all the things you need to get done in your lifetime; think of what needs to be done now. You do your best, and Heavenly Father will make it work.” —Bethany F., 15, Kentucky, USA

Responses from youth originally appeared in the June 2012 Liahona and New Era.