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Never give up, never ever give up, never, never ever give up.

    << Winston Churchill
At the close of World War II, Winston Churchill was asked to give a talk to his fellow Englishman.  He got up and these were the only words he spoke.   "Never give up, never ever give up, never, never ever give up."  He then sat down.  The audience, who had fought for freedom with him, gave him a standing ovation. 
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"An outstanding example of perseverance is Madame Curie who with her husband Pierre Curie, "in an old abandoned leaky shed without funds and without outside encouragement or help", trying to isolate uranium.

Pierre threw up his hands in despair and said, "It will never be done.  Maybe in a hundred years, but never in my day"  Marie's reply to her husbands statement was as follows: "If it takes a hundred years, it will be a pity, but I will not cease to work for it as long as I live."  [She later shared in receiving the 1903 Nobel Prize for her research on the radioactivity of uranium. The first women ever to receive a Nobel Prize] "…cancer patients have benefited greatly from her perseverance."(President James E. Faust April, General Conference) Talk on "Perseverance", (16:16 min.)
 

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Who was he?
1816   His family was forced out of their home and he had to work to support them.
1818   His Mother died.
1831   He failed in business. 
183?   He entered the Blackhawk War as a captain.  By the end of the war he had been demoted to the rank of private.
1832  He ran for the Illinois legislature and lost.   Lost his job.  Wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.
1833  He borrowed some money from a friend to open his own general store and by the end of the year he was bankrupt.       He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1834  He ran for state legislature again and won.
1835  He was engaged to be married, only to have the ordeal of his future wife die resulting in much grief.
1836  He had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
1837  He moved to Illinois arriving on a borrowed horse with two saddlebags of all his worldly possessions.
1838  He sought to become speaker of the state legislature and was defeated.
1840  He sought to become elector and was defeated.
1841  He wrote, "I am now the most miserable man living."  His friends worried that he would comit suicide.  his law partner wrote of him, "Gloom and sadness were his predominant state."
1843  He ran for Congress and lost.
1846  He ran for Congress again and finally won.
1848  He ran for re-election to Congress again and lost.
1849  He sought the job of land officer in his home state and was rejected.
1854  He ran for the Senate of the United States and lost.
1856  He sought the Vice- Presidential nomination at his party's national convention and lost receiving only 100 votes.
1858  He ran for U.S. Senate again and lost.
1860  He ran for the office of the President of the United States of America and won.  Who was he?  Abraham Lincoln.

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Even though we may have problems, and make mistakes we should "Never, never ever give up", in trying to travel the path that leads to continual happiness and peace.  This straight and narrow path we stay on when we choose to keep all the commandants of God.

Ever make mistakes?   What when dieting we over eat, Do we say " That's it, I've blown it, no reason to stay on the diet now! "

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"When we fall short of the mark we feel we've blown it, that we'll never be able to measure up to everything we're told to do.  So, in effect we give up.  This thought pattern is a very clever and successful tool of the adversary. "  (Ensign Sep. 1989 p. 24)  

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Beethoven composed his greatest music after he was deaf.

 


 

 

Dr. Seuss's first children's book, 'And to Think that I Saw It on Mulberry Street," was rejected by 27 publishers. 
The 28th publisher Vanguard Press, sold 6 million copies of the book.

 


 


 

 

In 1905, the University of Bern turned down a doctoral dissertation as being irrelevant and imaginary or unreal.  Who wrote the unrealistic doctoral dissertation?   Albert Einstein. 
He was disappointed but obviously not defeated.


   

 

 

 

 

“In 1923, [Walt] Disney, moved to Los Angeles to become a film producer or director. …He failed to find a job…”  (World Book Encyclopedia 2006) 

 For lack of ideas a newspaper editor fired him.   He started a small company called Laugh-O-Grams, which eventually fell bankrupt.  With his suitcase, and twenty dollars, he headed to Hollywood to start anew. Who was he?  Walt Disney.   
Walt Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.

 


 

 

 

 

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Edison's teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. 
When inventing the light bulb, he tried over 2,000 experiments before he got it to work. 
A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times.  He said, "I never failed once.  I invented the light bulb.  It just happened to be a 2,000 step process."

 

 

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 “Shelly Mann at the age of five had polio… Her parents took her daily to a swimming pool where they hoped the water would help hold her arms up as she tried to use them again.  When she could lift her arm out to the water with her own power, she cried for joy.  Then her goal was to swim the width of the pool, then the length, then several lengths, she kept on trying, swimming, enduring, day after day, until she won the gold medal for the butterfly stroke, one of the most difficult of all swimming strokes.”     (Marvin J. Aston, General Conference, April 1975) Talk on "The Time is Now" (16:49 min.)

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 “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased”  (Heber J. Grant)

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“Hard times in life do not last forever.”    (Phil Michel)
“Just because you stub your toe once, or twice, doesn’t mean that you need to stop walking.”  
(Phil Michel)

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An old time rail journey  

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed.  The fact is that most [golf ball] putts, don’t drop [in the holes], most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than other wise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas, and thrilling bursts of speed.  The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."  (President Gordon B. Hinckley)  

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By the inch it’s a cinch

  << President Thomas S. Monson

“I have spoken over the years with many individuals who have told me, “I have so many problems, such real concerns. I’m overwhelmed with the challenges of life. What can I do?” I have offered to them, and I now offer to you, this specific suggestion: seek heavenly guidance one day at a time.

 Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness.

The Savior promised, “Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.”

 (President Monson – April 2012 General Conference)  Talk on "Believe, Obey, and Endure"  (19:43 min.)