Climbing the Ladder

 

One of my favorite ideas within Mormonism is this concept of Eternal Progression, particularly because it is something that resonates with my life experience. I certainly am not perfect, nor is anyone I have ever met, however if I look at myself, I sincerely believe that I am better than I was 5-10 years ago. I think that is what life is about, as we seek to move beyond our imperfections, constantly trying to improve and to be better, while never really reaching perfection. Instead once we begin to grow, we realize that there is something else that we could work on.

Joseph Smith provided an analogy that I think relates to this idea. He once said “When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the gospel- you must begin with the first and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation from beyond the grave.”

Sometimes it can be so easy to look at ourselves with a critical eye and desire to point out every flaw and aspect about ourselves that could be better, but I feel this is the wrong approach. Instead of critically seeking to be perfect, I believe we are simply to be taking one more step up the ladder.

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