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Hope in a World of Pessimism

Yesterday's newspaper contained the following front-page headline: America Awash with Pessimism.  The article stated that people are using words like "terrified," "disgusted" and "scary" to define the state of things.  It went on to say, "The nation's psyche is battered and bruised, the sense of pessimism is palpable. . . . Americans are questioning where they are and where they are going.  And they wonder who or what might ride to their rescue."

Yesterday, I sat in a Testimony Meeting where person after person, young and old, walked to the pulpit and expressed the joy and hope they had personally received through the restored gospel (the good news) of Jesus Christ.  They talked of indescribable happiness, peace of mind, fulfilling family relationships, and positive hope for the future.

What a contrast! The only true source of lasting hope, peace, and optimism in this world is the Lord, Jesus Christ. I have noticed an interesting phenomenon as I have associated with people in places all over the world: people of various races, cultures, and nationalities.  My experience is that those who have faith centered on Jesus and who try to follow his teachings are, as a rule, much happier and positive about the future than those who don't. The Prophet Moroni put it this way, "Wherefore, if a man have faith, he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope." How grateful I am to know that the complete gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness through the Prophet Joseph Smith, which gospel contains all of the doctrines, ordinances, and blessings necessary to give us "peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come." It has brought great joy to my life.

"Americans are questioning where they are and where they are going. And they wonder who or what might ride to their rescue."  The answers to these questions are found in the restored Church of Jesus Christ.  The gospel gives us a new perspective and a "perfect brightness of hope." It provides a solid foundation in a world of shifting values. It points the way to Jesus Christ, who is our only hope to rescue us from both the messes we create ourselves, and those we find ourselves in.  I know that He will rescue those who trust in Him and strive to follow His teachings. This is my hope and it cheers my heart.  

(Sources: Deseret News, July 6, 2008 [Associated Press article by Pauline Arrillaga]; Moroni 7:42, D&C 59:23, 2 Nephi 31:20) 

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1 Comment about "Hope in a World of Pessimism"

 
Marcio Silveira
said this on 13 Aug 2009 8:09:05 PM CST
Hi There, just to say well done, the world needs people like you to share the other side of life and to show what humanity is missing the true love of Christ. He, even God, came to this world to recue us and make it fair. We sometimes experience pain that all of us go through in this life one way or another. Thank you, Marcio - south kengton branch London UK / Brazil (member)




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