Let Hope Prevail

To my dearest readers, whoever you may be:

With all of the recent events that have been occurring throughout the country and world, I am left with a sorrowful heart. I feel for those individuals and families who have lost everything-- whatever form that may take. I know what a form of loss is like, and it is not fun. My prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by the recent events. 

In times like these, we tend to turn our back on faith out of carnal emotions like anger. It is quite simple to feel abandoned and unloved by God, but I promise you that we have not been abandoned. I promise you that God lives and that He loves you. 

I came across a General Conference talk given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf in April of 2016. For those who do not know, General Conference is a time set apart to hear from a living prophet, living apostles, and general church leaders speak. General Conference happens twice a year; in fact, it just happened this past weekend. I invite you to view general conference talks via lds.org 

President Uchtdorf's 2016 talk stuck out to me, and I feel prompted to share segments of it due to the special message he gives: He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home 
 To me the parable of the lost sheep is one of the most hopeful passages in all of scripture. Our Savior, the good Shepard, knows and loves us. He knows and loves you. He knows when you are lost, and he knows where you are. He knows your grief, your silent pleadings, your fears, your tears. It matters not how you became lost-- whether because of your own poor choices, or because of circumstances beyond your own control. What matters is that you are His child, and He loves you. He loves His children. Because He loves you, He will find you. He will place you upon his shoulders rejoicing. 
God will not rescue us against our will. So, what must we do? His invitation is simple: Turn to me, come unto me, draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you. This is how we show Him that we want to be rescued. It requires a little faith, but do not despair. If you cannot muster faith right now, begin with hope. If you cannot say you know God is there, you can hope that He is. You can desire to believe. That is enough to start. Then, acting on that hope, reach out to Heavenly Father. God will extend His love towards you, and His work of rescue and transformation will begin. 
Overtime you will recognize His hand in your life, you will feel His love.
The moment we choose to incline our hearts to our Savior, and set out upon the path of discipleship, something miraculous happens. The love of God fills our hearts. The light of truth fills our minds. We start to lose the desire to sin. And we do not want to walk any longer in darkness. 
I testify that God sees us as we truly are, and He sees us worthy of rescue. You may feel that your life is in ruins, you may have sinned, you may be afraid, angry, grieving, or tortured by doubt. But just as the good shepard finds his lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the savior of the world, he will find you. He will rescue you. He will lift you up and place you on his shoulders. He will carry you home. 
My dear readers, we live in dark times. There is great wickedness and evil-doings growing within the hearts of many. In a time where there is much sorrow, anger, and fear, let us heed president Uchtdorf's guidance to have faith in God and in Christ. Let us have hope that He can heal, transform, and guide us out of darkness. 

I promise that He knows you, and your feelings. I promise that if you draw yourself unto Him, He will embrace you. He loves you and has never left you alone, He will never leave you alone.