Gen. Conf. - Look Back, Move Forward - Monson
I just got done watching, listening, and reading the last talk of the morning conference session of Sunday this year, and President Monson is indeed our prophet.
Nothing in particular spoke anything specific to me.... Well... That's not true. The following paragraph hit home a bit,
"Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order to be tested, we must sometimes face challenges and difficulties. At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel’s end—no dawn to break the night’s darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappointment of shattered dreams, and the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the biblical plea “Is there no balm in Gilead?” We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone. If you find yourself in such a situation, I plead with you to turn to our Heavenly Father in faith. He will lift you and guide you. He will not always take your afflictions from you, but He will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face.
The reason that hit home, is that I have obviously (like most humans) have been in situations where I have felt destitute, with nobody to turn to, depressed, with all hope drained from me.
Yet -- there is hope. There is and will always be hope. My despair comes from me, not from God.
God has been, is, and always will be there for me when I stop wallowing in self-pity and get back to work.
I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.