Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Infinite Power of Hope

by: Krzyho
"The things we hope in SUSTAIN us during our daily walk. They UPHOLD us through trials, temptations, and sorrow. Everyone has experienced discouragement and difficulty. Indeed, there are times when the darkness may seem unbearable. It is in these times that the divine principles of the restored gospel we hope in can UPHOLD us and CARRY us until, once again, we walk in the light.

"We hope in Jesus THE Christ, in THE GOODNESS of God, in the MANIFESTATIONS of the Holy Spirit, in the KNOWLEDGE that prayers ARE heard AND answered. Because God has been faithful and kept His promises in the past, we CAN hope WITH confidence that God WILL keep His promises to us in the present and in the future. In times of distress, we CAN HOLD TIGHTLY to the hope that things will 'work together for [our] good' (D&C 90:24) as we follow the counsel of God's prophets. This type of hope in God, His goodness, and His power REFRESHES US WITH COURAGE during difficult challenges and gives STRENGTH to those who feel threatened by enclosing walls of fear, doubt, and despair." - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (emphasis added)

"The word Hope is sure, unwavering, and active." I love the word sure and unwavering, Isn't that one of the greatest descriptions of our Savior Jesus Christ? Christ and His relationship with us is sure and unwavering as is His gospel. It is through this surety or hope that we can be sustained and upheld through the walks of life each and everyday. It is through hope that we are able to walk in the light. It is through hope in things that are sure that will lead us back home. I have hope in the Savior Jesus Christ. I have hope in the goodness of God. I have hope in the things manifested by the Holy Spirit. I have hope in the knowledge that prayers are heard and answered. I have hope that God will keep His promises. I have hope that I will never be forgotten or left alone. I have hope that we will be led to the Savior and our Heavenly Father with open arms again if we will follow His plan.

As I have shared this quote with a few others I was SO grateful for the thought given by a dear friend. Read closely. I love the power and spirit that comes through this simple yet profound testimony.... "Strength is gained through prayer....... and prayers are answered on a daily basis. I testify that He does sustain and uphold us continually...... otherwise we couldn't endure!" She is an incredible woman and I can testify that I know she really does know this to be true. He does sustain and uphold us.... otherwise we COULD NOT endure! I also know this to be true and I am so grateful for that knowledge that we are never left alone and we do have reason to find hope and joy in this life. He is sure and unwavering. He is the very Hope in which we are given life and power over death. He is on our side. Trust in Him.