February 8, 2020 – There is always hope

“For you, my dear friends, the sky is the limit. You can be excellent in every way. You can be first class. There is no need for you to be a scrub. Respect yourself. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Do not dwell on unkind things others may say about you. Polish and refine whatever talents the Lord has given you. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life and look for its opportunities, and forever and always be loyal to the Church.”

  1. President Gordon B. Hinckley, “How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream?”, General Conference, April 2001

Granted, he gave this talk during a young woman session of General Conference, but his message applies to all of us. The sky truly is the limit. Whatever we set our minds to, do the work, put in the effort, we can achieve. We are children of God. He can do anything and everything. We have those inherent attributes too, as long as we refine them.

It can be hard to remain positive amidst a lot of negative. Some can do that fairly easily while others have to work at it a bit harder. Why should we even be positive? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to complain and whine? Yes it would. But, we are positive not only for ourselves but also for those around us. They may be to the point of giving up and throwing in the towel. A smile from us can mean all the difference to someone else. So, it isn’t always about us. It’s about those around us.

We remain positive also because there is so much hope in our future. There is so much hope in the Plan of Salvation. Sure, we have to wade through garbage and filth, but what we know from the gospel and Plan brings comfort, brings joy, brings immense hope, and brings peace.

So knowing what we know, there is reason to stay positive. We may be hurting physically or emotionally, we may be sad and sorrowful, we may not have the motivation to fight, but remember, someone right next to you may, and most likely is, going through something too and may be in a worse situation than you. And… they may not know about the Plan of Salvation. How depressing and sad would that be not knowing what we do? So show them there is hope. Smile. Brighten their day. Be their light. Show the way.

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