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Three Steps to Discover Your Mission in Life. By Alex Balinski

By Alex Balinski
three young women walking up a hill

Over the last few years I've studied the lives of successful entrepreneurs who changed the world.

If you had to ask me what single characteristic these incredible individuals shared, I'd have to say it was their vision and commitment to make their vision a reality.

Though not everyone possesses the same talents as a Steve Jobs or a Mark Zuckerberg, I believe faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a unique advantage to accomplish amazing things in life because they have the right to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, who can guide them to exactly where they should focus their efforts.

I believe there are three simple steps everyone can follow to discover their personal mission in life and change the world for the better.

Step one, seek to know God's will for you.

Step two, receive spiritual guidance for your life.

Step three, commit to do what Heavenly Father inspires you to do.

Steps One and Two: Seek to Know God's Will and Receive Spiritual Guidance

If you sincerely desire to know God's will for you in your life, He will give you guidance. Guidance may not come in the way or at the time you expect it, but it will come.

If you ask Heavenly Father what you should focus your life on, He can point you to the precise things that will be the best for you. He knows you perfectly and can direct you to do the things that will utilize your talents and bless others.

Step Three: Commit to Do What Heavenly Father Inspires You to Do

Once the Lord inspires you to do something, commit to do it. I believe once you commit to a heaven-inspired task, the Lord will prepare the way before you (see Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 3:7).

Here are few scriptures to think about:

  • Matthew 16:25 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."
  • 3 Nephi 18:20 "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you."
  • 3 Nephi 27:29 "Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened."
  • Doctrine and Covenants 58:27 "Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness."

The best way to achieve meaning in this life is to lose our lives in the service of others, for "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17).

Remember, we are children of God and have more potential than we realize. Heavenly Father can see more of our potential than we can see. The best way to achieve our potential in this life is to trust Him and give our lives over to His service.

I think former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ezra Taft Benson, said it best:

"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that he can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life."

Your life can be filled with as much meaningful service as you are willing to have. These three steps are a lifelong, continual process. Your inspired path will become clearer to you as you pursue it.

God lives! The gospel's true! Thanks for reading!

Alex Balinski is a blogger and YouTuber. In 2012 he started Prepare to Serve, a resource for future missionaries to learn about their LDS mission by watching videos with returned missionaries from their mission. The mission prep videos receive about 25,000 views per day. Alex served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Argentina Neuquen Mission from 2008 to 2010. Alex is happily married and has two beautiful children.

Find Alex on PreparetoServe.com, YouTube, and Facebook.