The 2018 Winter Olympics recently ended. Amazing acts of tremendous athleticism were watched and read about. I've always enjoyed either watching events or reading about them when I was unable to watch. I've been both impressed and inspired as I've learned about the tremendous efforts it takes for athletes to reach the Olympics and reach the ultimate pinnacle of standing on the platform where a gold medal is presented. These athletes exemplify what can happen with high goals, a solid plan, and unwavering determination, which is what it takes to become physical Olympic champions.
As impressive as the accomplishments of these athletes are, I am much more impressed as I read in the Book of Mormon about men and women that I consider spiritual Olympians, Champions for Christ (SOCFC). One of my favorite SOCFCs is the prophet Nephi. What a man. What is it about him that is so impressive to me? There a a multitude of things. Here are just a few:
While very few people while ever become physical Olympians, and even fewer will become the Olympic champions invited to come to top platform of medal stand and receive a gold medal, everyone of God's children will have, either in this life or the next, to the opportunity to become spiritual Olympians, to become true Champions of Jesus Christ. It's up to us to take advantage of the opportunity when it comes. "Our decisions," as President Monson taught, "determine our destiny."
Like Nephi, as we know what our ultimate spiritual goal is - "immortality and eternal life," (See Moses 1:39). We've been given a plan, and we can move forward with faith, with the same eternal commitment to Christ displayed by Nephi. We can be coms SOCFCs. It is my personal testimony that this is true and that as we do so, come what may, our lives will be...