Today’s App Message

Elder Michael A. Dunn


Elder Dunn compares Sir Dave Brailsford’s “the aggregation of marginal gains” strategy in British cycling to the process of daily repentance.
What is the next “just one thing” that you would personally like to focus on?


But what if we applied that same principle to the very sweet and savory second principle of the gospel, repentance? Rather than being stymied by the churn and dramatic swings between sin and repentance, what if our approach was to narrow our focus—even as we broadened it? Instead of trying to perfect everything, what if we tackled just one thing?
[C]ould aggregating small but steady marginal gains in our lives finally be the way to victory over even the most pesky of our personal shortcomings? Can this bite-sized approach to tackling our blemishes really work?
[W]ill little adjustments work that “mighty change” that you desire? Properly implemented, I’m 99 percent certain they will! But the one caveat with this approach is that for small gains to aggregate, there must be a consistent, day-in and day-out effort. And although we won’t likely be perfect, we must be determined to mirror our persistence with patience. Do that, and the sweet rewards of increased righteousness will bring you the joy and peace you seek. As President Russell M. Nelson has taught: “Nothing is more liberating, more ennobling, or more crucial to our individual progression than is a regular, daily focus on repentance. Repentance is not an event; it is a process. It is the key to happiness and peace of mind. When coupled with faith, repentance opens our access to the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

Elder Michael A. Dunn


30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little…

2 Nephi 28:30

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