“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;  For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.” D&C 58:27-28

In His wisdom, God has already conjured up millions of good causes, so turning to Him for ideas is a good place to start. That’s why we read the scriptures, because its jammed packed with good causes. For example, in Genesis 3:19, 23 God let’s Adam and Eve know the earth will be an unreliable source of food and that they will now have to till the ground for their daily needs. So, let’s put that at the top of our list of God’s Good Causes List:

Good Cause Reference Notes
Provide for my family Genesis 3:23, Proclamation on the Family God commanded Adam to till the ground, or to provide for his family. Tilling was the only option then, but still Adam and Eve had to choose from some 390,000 seed types to decide how they would provide. We have choices about how to provide too, but the cause is clear.
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Many Things

The “many things” required to bring about much righteousness is a call to nourish your cause. After all, nourishing is a “many things” thing. If you till the ground as a way to provide, you have many things to do: till, plant seeds, provide sun, water, and protect from predators and nutrient-robbing weeds, and finally harvest.

If you choose another profession, tilling the ground might mean getting a college degree or learning a new skill – a many things thing: apply to a school, take many classes, study, pass tests, graduate with honors… Get a job and apply what you learned over and over again…

Bring to Pass Much Righteousness

Righteousness is the reward of having a cause and  doing many things to pursue it. Righteousness is a strengthening and beautifying influence in our lives and communities. But in what specific ways are we strengthened and beautified? One obvious outcome we would hope to see is for our cause to be fulfilled. If our cause is to grow crops, we’d love to see the literal fruits of our nourishing efforts on those crops. If we pursue an education to help us provide for our families, we’d love to see a good career come to fruition.

More important than the direct fruits of our cause is the way we change as we pursue it’s many things. Nourishing help us gain wisdom and experience. It makes us more patient, long-suffering, and kind. It hones our ability to see the long game, or to see afar off. It enlarges and enlightens us. It brings us confidence and peace as we recognize we’re not helpless victims, but agents unto ourselves…

Now What?

Its important to have a cause AND to do many things. If you do many things without a cause you’ll come up empty handed. I can go on trips, vacations, play video games, read nooks, binge on Netflix, engage in sports, and pursue a thousand other activities, but without a cause, righteousness will be lacking.

Likewise, a cause means little without the many things; the many nourishing things – actions that contribute to the cause.

Many things without a cause or a cause without many things are of little worth. The greatest value is in combining them together to bring about much righteousness. Find a cause and start nourishing! Stick with it. If you need some help, try our app or work with one of our mentors.