Bringing faith to work

It may not be popular to discuss religious matters at work, but the truth is I think about my beliefs all the time while I’m working. One of the most noteworthy lessons I carry with me from church to work is the importance of opposition and hard work in growing as a person. In both a spiritual and professional sense, I strive everyday to be a little bit better.

As I grow in my career, I’m constantly reminded that progression is an eternal principle. Developing new management, communication and teamwork skills requires an honest and perpetual assessment of my current understanding as well as sustained effort to refine, enhance and expand it. Effectively executing new knowledge is a personal indicator that I’ve truly experienced internal growth because behavior is the fruit of change, not the change itself.

My parents raised our family to appreciate challenges and responsibility as opportunities to increase our understanding and realize additional truth. I still discuss these ideas with my friends and colleagues as we share future plans and professional ambitions. I am grateful that progress is part of God’s eternal plan. With absolute resolve, I have reason to aspire.

2 thoughts on “Bringing faith to work

  1. Adrianne

    Thanks for your post Melanie! I also think about my beliefs all the time at my work. I am employed as a scientific researcher. My co-workers are surprised when they see how hard I’m willing to work when I’m not being compensated for my efforts. It is through my labors that I feel like my current understanding is being developed and my intellect refined, enhanced and expanded. In my field, typically, I work with a lot of people who don’t believe in the idea of God. The discussion of God vs. Evolution actually comes up quite frequently between my co-workers and I. They are interested to know how I can believe in my work and believe in God at the same time. The truth is that I see God’s hand in everything… from the complexity of different biological systems, to the immense organization of cells on a molecular level, and even in my own efforts in trying to understand His design. Since religion is a common conversation between my co-workers and I, do you have any suggestions as to how to further explain why as Mormons we appreciate challenges and responsibility as opportunities to increase our understanding and realize additional truth?

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    1. Melanie

      Adrianne – While he was in Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph Smith received revelation from God to “seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (Doctrine & Covenants section 88). We are expected to seek out truth and increase our understanding for if we are to become like God, we need to know and understand everything he knows – from biology to physics to human relationships to spiritual law. We understand that the knowledge we gain during our mortal life is the only thing (in addition to our families) that we take with us to the next stage of our eternal progression. How much better prepared we will be if we take advantage of the opportunities in this life to learn about God’s creations and his plan for our eternal happiness.

      Hope this helps!

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