Thursday, March 17, 2011

Never Lose Hope

"The Lord is in control. He knows the end from the beginning. He has given us adequate instruction that, if followed, will see us safely through any crisis. His purposes will be fulfilled, and someday we will understand the eternal reasons for all of these events. Never lose hope! But where do we find hope in the midst of such turmoil and catastrophe? Quite simply, our one hope for spiritual safety is to turn our minds and hearts to Jesus Christ. Of course that does not mean necessarily that we will be spared personal suffering and heartache. Righteousness never precluded adversity. But faith in the Lord Jesus Christ--real faith, whole-souled and unshakable--is a power to be reckoned within the universe. It can be a causative force through which miracles are wrought or it can be a source of inner strength through which we find peace, comfort, and the courage to cope. As we put our faith and trust to work, hope is born. Hope grows out of faith and gives meaning and purpose to all that we do. It can even give us the peaceful assurance we need to live happily in a world that is ripe with iniquity, calamity, and injustice. Heavenly Father is aware of us, individually and collectively."
-M. Russell Ballard

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