You have so many expectations placed upon you, and you have put many expectations on yourselves. Some of the days spent trying to meet those expectations can be painful. They can be lonely. And they can be very frightening. When these days come, I ask you to remember this one truth, a promise from our Heavenly Father that I have held onto desperately even when my own life has been in jeopardy. God, whispering to each of you—to all of us, His children—has said:
I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end [or the “joyful end” He wants for you].
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall . . . pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
And I will be found of you, saith the Lord.
Sister Patricia T. Holland, "Thoughts of Peace in Times of Need", BYU Speeches, January 18, 2022