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What is the secret to remaining faithful to Jesus Christ throughout one’s life? In a devotional address Tuesday morning at the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said the key is to “engage with the doctrine of Christ.”
The Apostle stressed that this is “not intended as a one-time event. We are invited to get on and stay on the covenant path, and to participate in the doctrine’s specified elements” over a lifetime.
The requisite determination to do so can be found in the Finnish word “sisu,” he said.
“‘Sisu’ has been described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, resilience and hardiness,” said Elder Renlund, whose father is from western Finland. “‘Sisu’ expresses a characteristic that manifests itself in displaying grit, resolve, and courage in the face of extreme adversity or against the odds. Someone with ‘sisu’ decides on a course of action, and then adheres to it — no matter what.”
The doctrine, or gospel, of Christ, the Apostle said, comprises faith in the Savior of the world, positive change, baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost. To grow in faith, disciples of Christ “repeatedly and iteratively” engage with each aspect of this doctrine throughout life — a concept the scriptures call enduring to the end.
“Repeatedly means that we cycle through the elements in the doctrine of Christ throughout our lives. Iteratively means that we change and improve with each cycle,” Elder Renlund said. “Even though we cycle repeatedly, we are not spinning in circles like on a merry-go-round without upward motion. If that were the case, the experience would be dizzying and unproductive. Instead, as we cycle through the elements of the doctrine of Christ, we arrive at a higher plane each time. This ascent provides new vistas and perspectives, brings us closer to the Savior, and we eventually return to the presence of our Heavenly Father as an heir to all He has.”
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