Amen Brother Larry........ One can read and follow all the commandments..... be a good person...Honest etc. but if he or she does not have a the ultimate guidance of the prompting of the Holy Spirit in their lives and live acoording to Holy Spirit's leading....... Strong mindedness doesn't matter. Holy Spirit is what matters.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the HolySpirit to those who ask him!"
for the HolySpirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the HolySpirit.'