Part of God's "ample provision" consists of imperfect people like you and me,
committed to shining and serving in our appointed orbits, knowing all the while that we are encircled "in the arms of His love".
Truly converted disciples, though still imperfect, will pursue "the life of the soul" on any day, in any decade, amid any decadence and destruction.
There are clusters of memories embedded in each of your lives. And these can help us to
"remember how merciful the Lord hath been."
"By utilizing the Atonement, we access the gifts of the Holy Ghost, which 'filleth with hope and perfect love'"
Thus within the discipleship allotted to us, we are to overcome the world to finish the work we personally have been given to do; to be able to partake of a bitter cup without becoming bitter; to experience pouring out our souls; to let our wills increasingly be swallowed up in the will of the Father; to acknowledge—tough though the tutoring trials—that, indeed, "All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good", and to plow enduringly to the end of the furrow—all the while glorifying Him and using the matchless gifts He has given us, including, one day, all that He has.
Perplexing things will still happen, but, like Nephi,
we can still know that God loves us,
a . . . fact which can and will sustain us through so much!
I testify to you that God has known you individually, for a long, long time. He has loved you for a long, long time. He not only knows the names of all the stars; He knows your names and all your heartaches and your joys! By the way, you have never seen an immortal star; they finally expire. But seated by you tonight are immortal individuals—imperfect but who are, nevertheless, "trying to be like Jesus"!
In His name, even Jesus Christ, amen.
"The Lord knows our bearing capacity, both as to coping and to comprehending, and He will not give us more to bear than we can manage at the moment, though to us it may seem otherwise. Just as no temptations will come to us from which we cannot escape or which we cannot bear,
we will not be given more trials than we can sustain."
Neal A. Maxwell
"C. S. Lewis pointed out that some people are angry with God for His not existing, and others for His existing but for failing to do as mortals would have Him do. Instead of such childishness, we are urged to know
God and to learn of His attributes."
"Sometimes we are so busy being the hammer or the anvil,
that we forget who really needs the shaping."
"Those of little faith mistake local cloud cover for general darkness. Keeping spiritually intact results in our keeping precious perspective by seeing
'things as they really are.'
"Trials and tribulations tend to squeeze the artificiality out of us,
leaving the essence of what we really are and clarifying what we really yearn for."
"It is only by yielding to God that we can begin to realize His will for us. And if we truly trust God, why not yield to
His loving omniscience? After all, He knows us and our possibilities much better than do we.
"Those who believe for a while make only a brief tour in the kingdom, though thereafter they often feel qualified to inform those who know even less about the Church; but the fact is they were really only tourists
— not natives who really knew the kingdom's countryside."
"The strait and narrow path, though clearly marked, is a path, not a freeway nor an escalator. Indeed, there are times when the only way the strait and narrow path can be followed is on one's knees! And we are to help each other along the path."
"Think of it, brothers and sisters, even with their extensive longevity, stars are not immortal. But you are."
The astonishing work of God is greater than the known universe.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell
"As we look at the universe, we do not see unexplained chaos or cosmic churning,"
"It is like viewing a divinely choreographed, cosmic ballet spectacular,
subduing and reassuring."
"When our minds really catch hold of the significance of Jesus' atonement, the world's hold on us loosens."
"I thank the Savior personally; for bearing all which I added to His hemorrhaging at every pore for all humanity in Gethsemane. I thank Him for bearing what I added to the decibels of His piercing soul cry atop Calvary."
" 'Charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
" 'Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love'
"There is great power in loving, consistent, fervent family prayer. Don't deny your families this blessing. Don't allow the strength that comes from family prayer to slip away from you and your loved ones through neglect.
"The more we obey God, the more we desire to help others. The more we help others, the more we love God and on and on. Conversely, the more we disobey God and the more selfish we are, the less love we feel.
"Trying to find lasting love without obeying God is like trying to quench thirst by drinking from an empty cupyou can go through the motions, but the thirst remains. Similarly, trying to find love without helping and sacrificing for others is like trying to live without eatingit is against the laws of nature and cannot succeed. We cannot fake love. It must become part of us."
"Satan wants to claim our souls and those of our children. He wants our marriages and our families to fail. He wants darkness to reign. Despite these, we needn't worry or back away from our duty to our family (present or future), our community, or others, for God will always support and bless us in our honest efforts
To do His will. He wants us to succeed more than Satan wants us to fail- and God is always more powerful."
— John H. Groberg
"There is a connection between heaven and earth. Finding that connection gives meaning to everything, including death. Missing it makes everything meaningless, including life."
"Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes He calms his child."
— John H. Groberg
"All of us, single or married, are eternally part of some family—someway, somewhere, somehow—and much of our joy in life comes as we correctly recognize and properly develop those family relationships. We come to this earth charged with a mission: to learn to love and serve one another. To best help us accomplish this, God has placed us in families, for he knows that is where we can best learn to overcome selfishness and pride and to sacrifice for others and to make happiness and helpfulness and humility and love the very essence of our character."
"When filled with God's love, we can do and see and understand things that we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with His love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us."
"Our Father in Heaven wants us to have strong, loving families. One of the great helps he has given us to achieve this is family prayer. . . .
"Of course, our prayers must be more than words, for as President Marion G. Romney has so clearly stated, 'The efficacy of our prayers depends on how we care for one another.' Family prayer is fully effective, then, only as we rise from our knees and, with increased love and understanding, take better care of each other."