Sunday, February 1, 2009

Presidency Message

During the Savior’s mortal ministry, the disciples learned firsthand about pure love. They were at the feet of the man who, without hesitation, offered everything he had for His father’s work: “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). This would not have been possible if it were not for the infinite and eternal sacrifice of the Atonement. We have been blessed with that wonderful gift, no matter what our circumstances.
We learn, through trials and tests, that we cannot be truly happy without a hope in the Savior, without faith that He will plead our cause to the Father. Elder Uchtdorf taught in the October 2008 General Conference that the scriptures were written so that we might have hope. “Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.”
This hope, Elder Uchtdorf teaches, can lead us to good works. He reminds us that we must take one step at a time, studying the scriptures daily, and constantly committing ourselves to keep the commandments. When we do these things, our faith increases as does our love for our fellow men. As we serve more, we become more like the Savior, more willing to offer everything we have for our Father’s work. We will have more peace in our lives, in our homes, and in our hearts. It is my hope and prayer that we will live our lives in such a way that we can develop a better relationship with and become more like the Savior.

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