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"Elisha the prophet was surrounded by the whole Syrian army determined to kill him. He reassured his worried and only companion, who was busy counting Syrian heads, that when we are on the Lord's side, regardless of numbers or worldly power, we are in the majority. I testify that the consoling words of Elisha to his young friend are still true today: 'They that be with us are more than they that be with them' (2 Kgs. 6:16). The Lord will surround and protect our young people with chariots of fire, as He did for Elisha, in the form of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, leaders, and friends who will vigorously love them and lead them." - Sharon G. Larsen, "Fear Not: For They That Be with Us Are More," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p. 67
"Sometimes things go wrong even though we have done our very best. A Lamb innocent and pure, our Savior weeps with and for us. When we always remember Him, He can stand with us 'at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in.' His 'faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.' In drawing us to Him, our Savior also draws us to our Father in Heaven. While some things are imperfect on earth, we can trust our Heavenly Father to complete 'redemption’s grand design, where justice, love, and mercy meet in harmony divine!'" - Gerrit W. Gong, "Temple Mirrors of Eternity: A Testimony of Family," Ensign (CR) October 2010
It is my firm belief that if as individual people, as families, communities, and nations, we could, like Peter, fix our eyes on Jesus, we too might walk triumphantly over “the swelling waves of disbelief” and remain “unterrified amid the rising winds of doubt.” But if we turn away our eyes from him in whom we must believe, as it is so easy to do and the world is so much tempted to do, if we look to the power and fury of those terrible and destructive elements around us rather than to him who can help and save us, then we shall inevitably sink in a sea of conflict and sorrow and despair. - Howard W. Hunter, “The Beacon in the Harbor of Peace,” Ensign (CR) November 1992
It does not matter what our personal struggles are—whether they are disease or prolonged loneliness or suffering the temptations and tests of the adversary—the Good Shepherd is there. He calls us by name and says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” - Hugo Montoya, “Tested and Tempted—but Helped,” Ensign (CR) November 2015
All that is of God encompasses love, light, and truth. Yet as human beings we live in a fallen world, sometimes full of darkness and confusion. It comes as no surprise that mistakes will be made, injustices will occur, and sins will be committed. As a result, there is not a soul alive who will not, at one time or another, be the victim to someone else’s careless actions, hurtful conduct, or even sinful behavior. That is one thing we all have in common.
Gratefully, God, in His love and mercy for His children, has prepared a way to help us navigate these sometimes-turbulent experiences of life. – Kevin R. Duncan, “The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness,” Ensign (CR) May 2016
I am ever so grateful for my opportunities as well as my share of challenges. I feel indebted to my Savior for helping me through difficult times. And I hope and desire that each of us will rely on him to ease our pains, to soothe our distresses, to buoy us up, to invigorate us and help us overcome our trials! Draw close to him who extends divine invitation to each one personally:
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, … and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matt. 11:28–29). – Barbara W. Winder, “Hope in Christ,” Ensign (CR) November 1986
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