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Working with the Lord

Partnering with the Lord can give you power to accomplish your goals

Woman reading the scriptures
A woman, Sariah, weeps thinking her sons have perished on their journey
She Had Supposed That We Had Perished, by Walter Rane
Nephi said that the Lord will always “prepare a way for [the children of men] that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” 1 This declaration motivated Nephi and his brothers to retrieve the brass plates from Laban: a commandment that was anything but simple or straightforward.The journey took so long that Nephi’s mother, Sariah, thought her sons had died. When her sons returned safely, Sariah rephrased Nephi’s words, explaining that the Lord also provided the “power whereby [her sons] could accomplish” 2
1 Nephi 5:8, emphasis added
the Lord’s commandments. You can access this same power by working with the Lord to consecrate your goals.

Consecrating your goals

Consecrated goals are practical and spiritual. Here are five qualities of consecrated goals that can help you.

  1. Specific: Instead of saying “I want better grades,” try setting a goal like “I want to get at least an 85% on all of my assignments.”
  2. Measurable: Identify a way to measure your progress, like studying the scriptures for 30 minutes every day.
  3. Attainable: Set goals that are realistic so you can be successful!
  4. Relevant: What goals would be helpful in your life now? Prioritize goals that will help you develop spiritually, become self-reliant, and serve others.
  5. Time-bound: Share your deadlines with someone who can help you stay accountable.
Remember to include the Lord in your goals. Elder Quentin L. Cook taught, “You will be blessed and protected when you seek righteous, worthwhile goals … and focus on faith, repentance, saving ordinances, and the Savior’s atoning sacrifice as you endure to the end.” 3
Quentin L. Cook, “Achieving Worthwhile Goals” (BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotional, Dec. 7, 2021),

Cultivating a growth mindset

A woman wearing glasses sits by a table
Andressa Develis

When you understand your value and power as a child of God, you can see challenges as opportunities. For Andressa Develis, this mindset is freeing.

Andressa grew up in Brazil but moved to New Zealand with her husband, André, to learn English and have more job opportunities. The transition was difficult: Andressa couldn’t understand what people were saying, and she also needed to work to support her family while André pursued his master’s degree so they could keep their visas.

However, Andressa grew during these challenges. She got a job as a nanny that helped her learn English in five months. She also joined BYU-Pathway Worldwide . Despite her previous struggles to learn a new language and adjust to a new country, Andressa learned through her spiritually based courses that she wasn’t alone —and that when she worked with God and Jesus Christ, They could help her reach her full potential.

“BYU-Pathway is about knowing who you are, that Heavenly Father is looking over you,” she said. “BYU-Pathway gave me a different mindset. For so long, because of the language barrier, the frustration of being an immigrant, and everything else, I always thought that if I didn’t have a job or I wasn’t happy, that’s what I deserved. When I joined BYU-Pathway, I learned that isn’t true.”

Becominge spiritually empowered

Any of your goals — whether they are personal or professional — can become spiritually empowering as you work with the Lord. As you create consecrated goals, remember your divine identity, and cultivate a growth mindset, you will be surprised by the power that enters your life. Like Sariah, you will be able to rejoice that the Lord has given His children “power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them.” 4

Contributions by Rachel Peterson