Yes, from time to time our lives may seem to be touched by, or even wrapped in, darkness. Sometimes the night that surrounds us will appear oppressive, disheartening, and frightening.
My heart grieves for the many sorrows some of you face, for the painful loneliness and wearisome fears you may be experiencing.
Nevertheless, I bear witness that our living hope is in Christ Jesus! He is the true, pure, and powerful entrance to divine enlightenment.
I testify that with Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ.
I bear witness that darkness cannot stand before the brilliant light of the Son of the living God!
The Hope of God’s Light, By President Dieter F UchtDorf
I listened with great intent to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “Lord, I Believe”. Just the topic struck my interest. When I was struggling with anxiety while praying I often said to myself and the Lord over and over “help thou my unbelief.” Because it brought me great comfort to know that the Lord would accept me where I was at now. Continue reading
Richard G. Scott’s talk on “For a Peaceful Life” reminds me of the stage in my healing where I asked often “Where can I turn for peace?” As a daughter of a perpetrator (or a victim of sexual abuse from my father, or a victim of incest) this was a unique question, with unique meaning. During this time I was struggling greatly with spiritual things. When I kneel ed down to pray I was overcome with anxiety. When I went to church I had anxiety attacks. When I went to the Temple I struggled with difficult questions. When i watched conference I felt abused. When I took my daughter to firesides for Young Women’s I wanted to buckle over and bawl. I felt terrible tormented and torn inside by the realities of my abuse and I struggled to heal. What I wanted and needed most was peace, and yet all these places I tried to turn for peace often only left me feeling worn out and tired from the anxiety I felt. Continue reading
In General Conference today Dieter H. Uchtdorf talked of hope. The hope that carries us through the difficult times. I admire and love Elder Uchtdorf, he truly understands suffering and overcoming it. He has insights into the human experience few have. So I am looking forward with hope, as Uchtdorf would recommend. Continue reading