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Why We Keep Making The Same Mistakes Over And Over

If you really want to change your approach to the world, you have to change your mindset over time. The best way to improve your overall approach is not by changing the habits you will make now. It’s by changing the way you are thinking all the time, and changing the way you take action.

The world is a changing place. In the last several years, with the advent of the internet and globalization, we’ve witnessed a rapid shift in the perception of the world in our time. With new technology as our primary guide, we no longer look to traditional news to interpret events. We look to the people we come across in everyday situations, and we form our opinions without an intermediary — we don’t look to the Bible or the Book of Mormon to know the truth. Instead, our news media consists of blogs, YouTube and Twitter, which allow us to connect with other people and share our own perspectives. The internet is now what we call our world of thought. We take action based on what we see, what we read and what we feel, not a news report or a religious leader.

We have a long way to go, and our goal isn’t to change overnight but to get better over time. If our belief is “all is well,” we are likely to be happy most of the time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be wrong about a lot of things. Just like we can’t always know the truth (because you never really do), we also can’t always know everything (because that would mean God is not involved). The point is that the Lord wants us to be aware of the fact that sometimes we get it wrong, and that sometimes we get things right. We get it wrong most of the time, but that doesn’t mean what he is teaching us is not true.

It’s always important to remember that our faith is not some mystical thing that we can trust blindly over and over again. Our faith is an experience, and just as we see evidence of God’s presence all around us, there has to be evidence for our faith as well.

Our faith is based on reason and the evidence of the Holy Ghost. It has a way of correcting us when we see evidence to the contrary, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. In some cases, like the story of Joseph Smith, we may see proof of God’s existence before we see the evidence of his power. Even if we don’t see evidence of God’s involvement with anything, we can still develop a trust in him, because he is our teacher, and that’s exactly what we’re supposed to do in the gospel.

We have to do better and keep seeking out and learning about new things. Our faith can be stronger than what we are feeling, and our faith will increase when we are exposed to new information on a consistent, even-tempered basis.

We can come to know that the prophet Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is a revelation from God. But we can also come to know that it isn’t the final word on everything. It’s our responsibility to trust Joseph and learn for ourselves, just as it is our responsibility to trust our own feelings and our own experiences in the Lord.

If we rely only on what’s in the book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham, we’ll never know about the people who lived at the time of the events of the Bible! In the Bible, we see a picture of a world that people like Noah lived in. And yet, the stories that people like Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon tell about the world have a little bit of something missing, and that’s our problem with the world today.

Sometimes we will have very strong feelings in a particular direction, and we won’t want to change our direction, even if it’s the best direction. But then someone will tell us, “Do you think God has told you to turn your back on something? Ask Him! He won’t have anything to do with what I’m saying!” If we are willing to listen to the Holy Ghost, and trust what the Spirit says, we will change our minds.

It isn’t enough just to be right.