Monday, May 10, 2010

Marching On

Many things are happening all around me that have left me in distress and confused. In the waves all of these things hammering on me, it's hard just to keep focused and not get scared. I found this quote by M. Russel Ballard which has helped me a lot in the span of the last 5 minutes (I just found it):

The Lord Is Watching Over His People

"As the Lord predicted in the preface to the Doctrine and Covenants, we now see the time when 'the devil shall have power over his own dominion' (D&C 1:35). Is it any wonder that some are dismayed and disturbed by what they see? Yet, my dear young friends, we do not find President Hinckley or the other apostles and prophets wallowing in despair, nor do we sense even the smallest touch of hopelessness. The opposite is true. As President Hinckley also said last conference: 'Now, I do not wish to be an alarmist. I do not wish to be a prophet of doom. I am optimistic. I do not believe the time is here when an all-consuming calamity will overtake us. . . . There is so much of the Lord's work yet to be done. We, and our children after us, must do it' (in Conference Report, Oct. 2001, 89; or Ensign, Nov. 2001, 74)."This hope and optimism comes because we know, with absolute certainty, that God is in His heaven and He is the Lord Omnipotent. God's wisdom and knowledge and power are greater than all the combined forces of evil. He is able to work His will, and His purposes cannot be frustrated (see D&C 3:1). He has not left you and me to make our way alone in these perilous times. He is watching over His people."

~ M. Russell Ballard

Life is going to get hard and it's not going to be easy. But, in the end we already know that the Savior has already won the fight against the adversary for us- it's just the fight we have to believe, we are faced with. My sister Brittany told me to ignore the news- there's nothing good in it. We are starting to fail acknowledging the good, the virtuous and the optimism. But that's where we have the power to change: to bring goodness, virtue and courage back into our moral country. Back into where hypocrisy is dead and we forgive. I need to have no fear-and just keep marching on with my best self. A task much easier said then done.

1 comment:

  1. Well, don't ignore it to the point of being naive, but don't let it wear you down. A lot of what you'll see and read it one sided, negative, and will only get you down. Loved the quote by Ballard! :)