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The first thought comes from a talk I heard from Dallin H. Oaks in the 2005 CES fireside entitled, "The Dedication of a Lifetime" in which a quote from Adlai E. Stevenson was liked unto the spiritual fortitude and steadfastness required of the truly converted. It was likened in that, "[Living the gospel] is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."
One personal example of the need for such endurance and steady dedication is found every single year with New Years resolutions. I would always go to try to play basketball at my local rec center back home, doing my regular thing that I do any other time of the year, when all of a sudden around January the place was packed and I couldn't properly enjoy myself! After a couple of years, I figured out that all I really had to do was wait until about March before things got quiet again...
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In this example, many people have the desire to get fit for awhile, but as time goes on they lose the willingness and desire to workout until they accomplish their goals. As a result, they do not enjoy the full blessings that come from the work they put in, nor do they fully achieve their aspirations... They do not have a steadfastness to their course to win the prize.
The same is found in the gospel. Many may find a zeal that carries them through a few trials or hardships with peace and happiness, but over time may fall off or lose that desire to continue the path of the Savior. Doing what they have found to be right becomes a chore with a subtle but sure change in attitude and action in the work required, though we are always invited to press forward.
We find King Benjamin exhorting the saints to entrench themselves firmly in the gospel and allow themselves to be constant in all things in Mosiah 5:15.
Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.We can seal ourselves to Christ, and we must do continually and consistently through those things that bind ourselves to Him. The little things like reading your scriptures, praying, and going to church are things that make the world of difference of how closely we follow the Saviors path, but they are the difference between being steadfast and being tossed about on a sea of uncertainty.