The little things we do on a daily basis don’t just matter—they can make all the difference. Intentional daily acts focused on covenant-keeping will bind us to the Savior as we are deliberate and determined to follow Him in small and simple ways. Drawing upon the teachings and lives of ancient and modern prophets, author Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt identifies patterns of truth that encourage increased commitment to covenant relationships while diminishing the binding grip of the adversary. Included are chapters on the need to be consistent in covenant- keeping, on recognizing Satan’s tactics and lies, on undoing self-destructive routines, on the role of the Spirit to help us both feel and follow promptings, and on the power of daily scripture study and prayer in establishing habits that reinforce and support our commitment to the Savior.
One mantra I use to help me clearly state the plan of happiness and make decisions as to how I will act is this: Satan hates me and wants to isolate me. Christ loves me and wants to embrace me. Living a life centered on the plan of salvation illuminates this truth. Satan wants to destroy us.
Satan’s is a plan of entitlement and control; he wanted to force all of us back to Father. And because his plan was rejected, he still works tirelessly to seek to gain control over us. One of his primary targets is our body—what we do with our body and how we feel about our bodies.
Christ’s is a plan of empowerment and liberty. Christ wants each of us back. And though there is no guarantee that all of His children will return to His presence, He trusts us to learn to trust in Him. Choosing Christ is the most important choice we can make. He shows us this through the Spirit.
Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt is currently an assistant visiting faculty member at Brigham Young University and a recent addition to Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women events. A former seminary and institute instructor, she earned a PhD from Arizona State University in lifespan developmental psychology, focusing on women and social issues. She is married to Jed Platt, and the couple lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
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