101 Things Less Important Than Staying Active in the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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I think sometimes we forget how incredibly, indescribably important and essential the gospel of Jesus Christ is in our lives. It is as important as salvation itself—it is salvation. You can’t have one without the other. Learning it and living it is the whole reason we’re on on earth. Yet, sometimes we set the gospel on the back-burner of our lives. Other things get in the way and we forget what matters most.

I suppose just saying “other things” to describe what can stand between us and the gospel is awfully vague, so, to be more specific, here are 101 things that simply aren’t as important as actively living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of them are definitely important—but none of them quite measure up to the importance of staying active in the gospel daily. And if for whatever reason (or in whatever form) these things stand in our way, we should remember that the gospel should be our first priority.

1. Staying active in the gospel is more important than your pride

2. Your personal life plans

3. Your popularity

4. Feelings of anger

5. Remembering to bring your phone charger

6. What your friends think about you

7. What your family thinks about you

8. What your bishop says, does, or otherwise influences in any way

9. What your ward members think about you

10. What you think of your ward

11. Getting your oil changed (yeah, the gospel is that important)

12. Your smartphone

13. The natural man/woman

14. Vacations

15. Avengers: Infinity War (even though it was totally awesome)

16. Living the gospel is more important than any Marvel movies for that matter

17. What you read on the internet about what that guy who happened to be a church leader may or may not have said 150 years ago

18. Thinking you’re not worthy of God’s love

19. Fortnite

20. The gospel is more important than holding grudges

21. World culture

22. National culture

23. Family culture

24. National tradition

25. Family tradition

26. Thinking you don’t deserve happiness

27. Unpaid parking tickets

28. Weeding the garden

29. Working out

30. Sleeping in

31. Lack of time

32. Sickness (but if you’re contagious you’d better skip church this week)

33. Your favorite sins

34. Staying active in the gospel is more important than your appearance

35. Anti-Mormon arguments

36. The fact that if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you could be entitled to financial compensation

37. Thinking the gospel restricts your happiness

38. Mormon apologetics

39. Your blog

40. The weekend

41. Whatever President Trump tweeted last

42. Hillary Clinton’s new book (to be fair)

43. The easier alternative

44. Fear of failure

45. Fear of  success (mind blown)

46. Fear of work

47. The gluten-free menu

48. Videogames

49. Living the gospel is more important than being offended

50. New albums by Taylor Swift, Beyonce, or The Killers

51. That other thing that sounds like way more fun

52. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ is more important than wallowing in self pity

53. Netflix

54. Your job

55. Partying like it’s 1999

56. That 3 PM hunger attack

57. That 3 PM nap attack

58. Taco Tuesdays

59. Trying to become famous

60. Disallusionment

61. A zombie apocalypse

62. Impressing people of the opposite gender

63. Impressing people of the same gender

64. Living the gospel is even more important than (and possibly the solution to) economic hardship

65. Sunday night football

66. Monday night football

67. Any debilitating addictions you may have

68. Living the gospel is more important than whatever else you might want that is contrary to the gospel

69. A fashion catastrophe

70. Contradictory lifestyle preferences

71. That great and spacious building

72. Screaming sacrament meeting babies

73. Goat yoga

74. Instagram

75. Staying true to Christ’s gospel is even more important than following your heart (but hopefully they’re on the same page)

76. Checking your phone for texts and emails every thirty seconds

77. Rick Rolling your friends (barely)

78. A solid WIFI connection

79. Doing your homework (but that’s plenty important, too)

80. Arch nemeses

81. Protesting

82. Unanswered questions about the gospel

83. Whole foods

84. Black Friday

85. Table centerpieces

86. An alien invasion

87. Words With Friends

88. Partying with friends

89. Morning coffee

90. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ is even more important than backing up your computer data

91. Not wanting to live the gospel

92. The Roseanne reboot

93. Sports rivalries

94. The latest gossip about Kim Kardashian

95. The latest gossip about any of the Kardashians

96. Frankly, the latest gossip about anyone or anything

97. Decorating your house with paintings of temples and Jesus

98. Cute little bookmark reminders for everyone in your Sunday school class so they don’t forget how unforgettable the lesson was

99. It’s more important than anything the haters have to say

100. Remembering to take your trash can out to the curb the night before garbage day

101. And most everything else you can possibly think of

Wow, you made it through!

I’m truly impressed. Anyway, you get the point. In a world full of distractions, entertainment options, opinions, and temptations, staying true to the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing we can be doing. Take a moment to look within yourself. Is there anything in your life that stands between you and the gospel? There definitely is in my life. It’s up to you and me to get rid of them. Let’s become the disciples Christ is hoping for. The ones He’s trying to help us become. It’s important.

David Snell is a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He's the Founder of The Sunday Pews, and has experience writing for Mormon Newsroom Pacific, KBYU11, Classical 89 Radio, FamilyShare.com and plenty more. He tries not to take himself too seriously and just wants to brighten your day a bit.