Thursday, October 13, 2011

General Conference Quotes: President Uchtdorf - You Matter to Him

Please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be. You will not feel loneliness, sorrow, pain, or discouragement forever. We have the faithful promise of God that He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts to Him. Have hope and faith in that promise. Learn to love your Heavenly Father and become His disciple in word and in deed. 
Be assured that if you but hold on, believe in Him, and remain faithful in keeping the commandments, one day you will experience for yourselves the promises revealed to the Apostle Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
I definitely need to hear this. I don't know what's up with me, but I have been getting so discouraged. The temple, and good friends, and music, help me feel better, but it doesn't always last for long. I guess part of the answer is that life is just hard sometimes, even if nothing is going terribly wrong. And it doesn't mean I've done anything horribly wrong. Life is just hard. But I will not feel this way forever, like President Uchtdorf said. I really liked what he said about his own experience:
At the time, Big Spring, despite its name, was a small, insignificant, and unknown place. And I often felt exactly the same way about myself—insignificant, unknown, and quite alone. Even so, I never once wondered if the Lord had forgotten me or if He would ever be able to find me there. I knew that it didn’t matter to Heavenly Father where I was, where I ranked with others in my pilot training class, or what my calling in the Church was. What mattered to Him was that I was doing the best I could, that my heart was inclined toward Him, and that I was willing to help those around me. I knew if I did the best I could, all would be well. 
And all was well.
Sounds like it's time for me to start singing "Come, Come, Ye Saints." I remember using this song to get through hard times at BYU-Idaho. I'm sure it can help me again.
"Our God will never us forsake. And soon I'll have this tale to tell - All is well... All is well."

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