We know that despite our best intentions, things do not always go according to plan. We make mistakes in life. Occasionally we stumble and fall short.
When the Lord advises us to “continue in patience until [we] are perfected,” 6 He is acknowledging that it takes time and perseverance. Understanding the why of the gospel will help us to see the divine purpose of all of this. It will give us motivation and strength to do the right things, even when they are hard. Staying focused on the basic principles of gospel living will bless us with clarity, wisdom, and direction.
The Why of Priesthood Service, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign, May, 2012