I always encourage, “keep fighting for what’s right” and “keep pressing forward”, but that can be hard to do. I think sometimes people overlook the fact that just moving forward with what you know to be right can be one of the most difficult challenges we face today because there are so many that tell you to stop and try blocking your path. People forget that commitment, diligence, and perseverance are all incredibly important virtues that need to be recognized as such . Despite the fact that all three of these virtues are very similar, they are not the same, but they do go hand in hand. First, commitment; whatever you are doing, whatever you are fighting for, it is important to be committed to it. If you’re not committed to begin with, you will not get far. Many of the men and women we read about throughout history proved that they were committed to liberty and virtue because they dedicated their lives to preserving them, which leads to the next virtue, diligence. To be diligent is to continue doing what you are doing on a regular basis. You can’t simply read a page of a book and say you have diligently read it, you need to read it daily until you finish it, then proceed to act on what you’ve learned from it to prove your diligence. Henry B. Eyring taught, “We are to act in all diligence, never being lazy or slothful. The pattern is simple but not easy to follow.” That leads to the final topic, perseverance. To persevere is to continue being diligent, even when it is hard… especially when it is hard. The time it starts becoming difficult to continue working toward something virtuous is when it is needed the most.
These three principles I brought up today need to all be applied together. Be committed to what you are doing, be diligent in doing so, and persevere when it gets tough; then will the goal you are working towards become a reality. When it gets hard to fight for liberty, keep pressing forward, keep learning, and keep fighting; we are fighting with you and we know it will all be worth it.