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The Career Advice I Discovered in My Scriptures

By Mormon.org
Answers to questions like what career you should choose can be found in the scriptures

A little over a year ago, I was handed my college diploma while the opening lines of the book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! resounded clearly in my mind. But that idea of going off to great places changed after only a couple of weeks. I began to question what I really wanted to do with my life, and I began to face what some might call “post-graduation trials.” One of the first struggles I faced was learning how to excel in my current circumstances. Instead of working at a top-line organization like I had imagined, I found myself working at a small yogurt shop. I was miserable and passive, and I found myself not caring if I did a good job or not. I was allowing my situation to get the best of me and was not progressing at all. I found someone in the scriptures, however, who did not allow his bleak situation stop his progression.

As the story is told in Genesis, Joseph was hated and sold by his brothers and cast into prison after being falsely accused of committing adultery with his master’s wife. Joseph could have surrendered to these trials, allowing them to weaken him, but instead, he chose to excel and use his current situation for his progression. Once I realized I could either choose to progress where I was currently or remain discouraged, things began to change for me. I started to have a better attitude at work, and I actively sought to know and understand how to do my job.

Two weeks later, I was offered a temporary proofreading position with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Even though this seemed to be the opportunity I had been waiting for, I still found it difficult deciding whether or not to accept the offer. The work was temporary, and if I left I did not have a guarantee to return to the yogurt shop. This was my next struggle: deciding whether or not an opportunity before me was one I should take. Peter had to make this same decision when the Savior said, “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). He had to decide if he would remain a fisherman or become one of the Savior’s disciples. Peter did not know what a life of discipleship would be like, but he and his brother “forsook their nets, and followed [Jesus]” (Mark 1:18). I too did not know what the future held, but after considering my choices, I decided that the opportunity the Church had presented to me was a good one. Like Peter, I pursued what I knew was the right course of action, and I didn’t let my good opportunity slip by.

Time passed, and all too soon my job as a proofreader ended. I continued looking for my dream career, but again I hit a rut. I felt inadequate and unqualified for any desirable jobs, and I felt that I would never be able to succeed in anything I wanted do with my life. One day, I opened my Bible to the book of Exodus and was surprised to find someone who seemed to be in a similar situation. When Moses was called to deliver Israel from bondage, he felt inadequate and unqualified for the task. He questioned the Lord, saying, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11). Although Moses felt that he was not qualified to complete the task assigned to him, he pressed onward and did as the Lord commanded. Through Moses’s example, I learned that I should never allow my doubts to stop me from pursuing my dreams. I am still looking for my dream career, but I know that with the Lord all things are possible. In the meantime, I will continue to search my scriptures because I know that whether I am in need of spiritual knowledge or career knowledge, I can find guidance by reading the word of God.

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