3 In the name of Jesus Christ I ordain you to be a priest (or if he be a teacher, I ordain you to be a teacher) to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end. Amen.
These are the exact words which were used every time a new priest or teacher was ordained in the church in ancient America. One phrase in this blessing sticks out to me today: “by the endurance of faith on his name.”
We read a lot of scriptures about the importance of enduring to the end. Nephi taught that, after repenting of our sins, being baptized, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, we then need to endure to the end in order to be saved (2 Nephi 31:15-16).
L. Tom Perry taught, “Enduring to the end is definitely not a do-it-yourself project.” He said that we need “the Savior’s redemptive power” to remain faithful to the gospel throughout our lives. He suggested the following actions to help us access that power:
- Continue to repent.
- Attend sacrament meeting each week and partake of the sacrament.
- Follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
- Be an integral part of the community of saints, both serving others and being served by them.
- Share the gospel with others frequently.
- Pray, fast, and read the scriptures regularly to maintain our faith and hope in Christ (“The Gospel of Jesus Christ,” General Conference, April 2008).
Today, I will remember the importance of maintaining my faith in Jesus Christ over time. I will strive to strengthen the habits which help me to consistently receive the redemptive power of the Savior, so that I can continue to be faithful in the gospel over time.