Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

When you have children, you worry. Am I doing things right, will they turn out okay, how will they do in the real world - and how bad is that world going to be? But they grow up any way and go out into the world and worrying doesn't do any good. It doesn't stop, by the way, but it doesn't do any good.

And then you have grandchildren. I know that seems a long way away to the young mothers out there, but it happens faster than you can believe. And you worry. The world we live in is wonderful and very, very difficult. When you are in worry mode, the world seems even worse than it is. I am comforted by this message from Harold B Lee:

"In my lifetime I have seen two world wars plus Korea plus Vietnam and all that you are currently witnessing. I have worked my way through the depression and managed to go to law school while starting a young family at the same time. I have seen stock markets and world economies go crazy and have seen a few despots and tyrants go crazy, all of which causes quite a bit of trouble around the world in the process.
So I am frank to say tonight that I hope you won't believe all the world's difficulties have been wedged into your decade or that things have never been worse than they are for you personally, or that they will never get better. I reassure you that things have been worse and they will always get better. They always do---especially when we live and love the gospel of Jesus Christ and give it a chance in our lives" (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, p. 202).

3 comments:

Saquel25 said...

Thanks for that piece of perspective. I needed to hear that today.

nicole said...

Thanks! That is a wonderful quote, and very timely considering all the pessimism out there about the current state of our country. It's always nice to have reassurance from our wise and inspired leaders. :)

mamalutz said...

That was wonderful! I love hearing the things our prophets have said. They can bring such a feeling of peace amongst such unrest.