Because of the constraints caused by the current pandemic, Sister Bednar and I have changed some of the basic patterns of our lifestyle in seemingly small ways. For instance, we now give each other haircuts. (The haircuts she gives me are so much better than the ones I give her!) I am traveling less—which enables us to spend more time together as a couple. And we have been very careful in our interactions and activities so that we can visit our family, some of whom are at high risk, without worry of spreading COVID-19.
In this time of restrictions and uncertainty, we can find purpose and comfort in the Lord’s declaration: “I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 52:14).
A pattern is a guide or a model. Vital spiritual patterns are evident in the life of the Savior, in the scriptures, and in the teachings of living prophets and apostles. These spiritual patterns are sources of direction and protection for us and are essential in avoiding the deception that is so pervasive in our world today.
A powerful pattern the Lord uses to advance His work and to tutor Heavenly Father’s children upon the earth is “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).
Many people in our contemporary world are drawn to promises of big results that occur quickly and all at once, such as instant wealth and health, immediate weight loss, fast hair growth, and a more youthful appearance in just 14 days. In contrast, the Lord accomplishes His work by bringing to pass great things through small and simple means.
I believe the most satisfying and memorable accomplishments in our homes, in the Church, in our jobs and professions, and in our communities will be the product of this important spiritual pattern—of simple and small things. We should find great comfort in the fact that ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will be blessed in extraordinary ways.
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