My “Dailies”

Often, I find my life seems so busy that I can’t even make time to do laundry. As I was on my way to the store at 10:30pm on a Saturday night buying groceries before the Sabbath, I was contemplating what exactly is filling my time and keeping me so busy. I thought through my week adding up my various activities and realized that many of the things that keep me busy, aren’t actually adding substance and meaning to my life.

Many years ago in Seminary(high school religion class) my teacher, gave a lesson on a talk given by James E. Faust called “That We Might Know Thee”.

This lesson was one I will never forget, I remember the lesson as “Dailies: Things I should not go to bed without doing” In the talk, five actions are listed to help us draw closer to God.


  1. Daily communion with our Father in Heaven involving prayer
  2. Daily selfless service to another
  3. Daily striving for an increased obedience and perfection in our lives.
  4. Daily acknowledgement of His divinity
  5. Daily study of the scriptures

I wish that I could say that every single day, I complete all five “Dailies”. But I don’t, because I’m human. When I do though, I feel the Spirit of God more strongly in my life and I find more joy, meaning and happiness. It’s so much easier to get stuck on Facebook or watch movies on Netflix. But I have definitely found that when I prioritize my life and put God at the top and put my “Dailies” first, everything else on my “to do” list, fits into place.

5 thoughts on “My “Dailies”

  1. Natalie

    I’m definitely better at some of these than of others, that’s for sure. I’m going to read the attached article and recommit myself — thanks for the reminder!

    Do you think non-Mormons might be surprised to see the 5 things listed above?

  2. AB

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I often find myself feeling discouraged or overwhelmed, so I’ve been trying to focus instead on just a single day. Elder Christofferson in a recent talk talked about how living just day to day can really help. jump here I made my own list and most of the ones you list here were on it along with a couple of personal ones. I love the feeling at the end of the day when I can determine to myself that I have had a successful day because I got closer to God and helped some people no matter what else happened.

  3. Melanie 1 Post author

    AB- thanks for the article by Elder Christofferson…I LOVE that one.

    Natalie- I think the service oriented “daily” would definitely be universal. The others, especially, daily scripture study, might be a surprise to others.

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