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Simply Living the Gospel

Stop overthinking. Start doing. Through small acts we see big results.

I, like so many others, tend to complicate the small things. When I am faced with a problem, I overthink. I come up with every possible solution: I Google it, I pray, I read the scriptures, and the list goes on. Wouldn’t it be nice to just be told what to do sometimes?

"It's easy to overthink so many things in life, but God's plan is simple, and when we follow it, it makes life more simple." -Neleson Mailei

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In the article “Meeting the Prophet Taught Me to Stop Overthinking the Gospel,” Nelesoni Mailei wrote about his experience meeting President Russell M. Nelson for a question-and-answer session. A young adult living in Australia, Mailei explains how he was nervous and excited to meet the Prophet. He was expecting deep answers from President Nelson. 

At the event, someone asked President Nelson how the youth can be better at sharing the gospel with those around them. President Nelson’s response was simple: “Be an example and be faithful.”

Sharing the gospel seemed like a difficult task. How could the answer to such a complicated issue be so simple?  

Although we may want the complicated answer because it seems fitting for our complicated problem, the gospel is simple and straightforward. As Mailei discovered, “It’s easy to overthink so many things in life, but God’s plan is simple, and when we follow it, it makes life more simple.”

By doing our best to live the gospel each day, we can see our problems through a simpler lens and find joy despite our struggles. 

Read “Meeting the Prophet Taught Me to Stop Overthinking the Gospel by Nelesoni Mailei to learn more about the importance of simplifying the gospel.

Source: Ensign

—Rebecca Youngs, Latter-day Saint Insights

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Find more insights 

Take a look at Avery Andros’s article “3 Steps to Bring You Closer to Christ” to focus on one of the ways we can simplify the gospel.

Read Sara McOmber’s article “Strength in Spiritual Sensitivity: What to Do When You Feel Numb” to learn how to slow down and hear the Holy Ghost even when the demands of life are too much.

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