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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Discouragement

"We may not know how to account for our moods at times, but the fact that these moods pass through us ought not to destabilize us so far as the deep doctrines of the Church are concerned. If down moods cannot be driven out at once, we can at least accelerate their transit times.

"It is so easy for one person's bad day to become another person's bad day. A spreading electrical power outage ends up affecting everybody, because early on, the discipline required was abandoned in favor of passing the problem along. Emotional electricity is much like the real thing.

"In any objective assessment of life, we can always be reassured as to the things that matter most: Immortality is ours through the gift and grace of Jesus Christ; there is a loving, caring Father in heaven; and we will live eternally under His perfect rule. We have such high promises and absolutely no reason for ultimate discouragement. Therefore, proximate pessimism ought not to envelop us. We ought not to be blitzed by our moods." - Neal A. Maxwell, Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward, p.63

“Do not falter; continue to do your duty, whatever it may be, whether pleasing or displeasing; be the servants and handmaidens of God to the very utmost. In the past His blessings have been upon us just so far as we have served Him in faithfulness; they will be so in the future. There is no occasion for any man who has the manifestation of the Lord in this line to be discouraged. When our surroundings are not so agreeable as might be wished, think how much worse they might be. Be contented with our conditions. Improve them when opportunity arises, but do not worry about them.” – “The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow,” edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.45

“Undoubtedly, somewhere on the scroll that the new year brings, there will be marks of disappointment, discouragement, difficulty, and perhaps sorrow; but we shall try to meet these with unfaltering determination, relying upon God to strengthen us in weakness and to give us fortitude in trial. Thus overcoming what we can, and bearing bravely what we must, we shall experience the joy of mastery akin to that which Jesus felt when he said: ‘. . . Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33.)” - David O. McKay, “Man May Know for Himself: Teachings of President David O. McKay,” compiled by Clare Middlemiss, p. 463

These Six Destructive Ds—doubt, discouragement, distraction, lack of diligence, disobedience, and disbelief—all erode and destroy our faith. We can choose to avoid and overcome them. - Kevin W. Pearson, “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” Ensign (CR) April 2009

Sisters, when we have become distracted, doubtful, discouraged, sinful, sorrowful, or soul-stretched, may we accept the Lord’s invitation to drink of His living water, as did the certain woman at the well, inviting others to do the same as we bear our own certain witness: “Is not this the Christ?” – Linda K. Burton, “Certain Women,” Ensign (CR) May 2017

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