Real hope, based on eternal principles and spiritual experiences, is an anchor to our souls, intended to have and capable of having precisely the same effects as a sea anchor.
The Lord has promised to give us His power and protection as we live righteous lives. I pray that we can each take fresh courage and truly find the refuge that God has prepared for us in our personal lives, where we will be blessed with those who overcome the trials of this life, where we too can exclaim: “All is well! All is well!”
[God] has blessed me with many wonderful days—more of those than of difficult days of suffering and despair. And yet even in those difficult days I have felt the Lord reach out to me, felt the darkness disperse, and felt His personal love fill my very soul.
"Sometimes struggles and opposition will come into our life. We can become stronger by dealing with these difficult challenges and by not allowing them to cripple us in our spiritual progression."
Like the mortal life of which they are a part, adversities are temporary. What is permanent is what we become by the way we react to them.
"We don’t have to have personal experience with the effects of serious transgressions to know that they are destructive of our eternal welfare."
The catalyst of prayer helped Jesus to cope with suffering, and by his suffering he emancipated all men from death and made possible eternal life. This cardinal fact about the central act of human history, the Atonement, ought to give us pause, therefore, as we face our challenges individually.
The Lamanite, or Native American peoples, have had a difficult and oppressed history. It is our responsibility to support and help them.
Suffering, death, and tragedy are sometimes part of God's plan and sometimes the result of human agency. Trust Him instead of blaming Him.
Milton R. Hunter speaks to some of the concerns of Latter-day Saint college students in a world whose political and moral dynamics are so uncertain.