Thursday, February 21, 2013

Your Happily Ever After by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Your Happily Ever After is another short book by Dieter F. Uchtdorf packed with hope for over coming obstacles in our lives. There is no escaping trials, so it really is about how we react them them.
"It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life's story will develop."

Favorite Quotes:
"Has there ever been a person who did not have to go through his or her own dark valley of temptation, trial, and sorrow?"

"Adversity helps to develop a depth of character that comes in no other way."

Heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through opposition, can learn wisdom, become stronger, and experience joy."

"Though it may seem that you are alone, angels attend you. Though you may feel that no one can understand the depth of your despair, our Savior, Jesus Christ, understands. He suffered more than we can possibly imagine, and He did it for us; He did it for you. You are not alone."

"Fill your souls with virtue, and love goodness. Always strive to bring out the best in yourself and others."

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Finding Hope by S. Michael Wilcox

Finding Hope by S. Michael Wilcox is a short book using stories from the Bible and Book of Mormon to show us "where to look for God's help." In one chapter Wilcox uses the comparison of the Jaredites to us facing challenges in our lives. "Perhaps the Jaredites sat for four years on the beach because their obstacle was so massive. They had success crossing the smaller seas or lakes, but the ocean...that was another thing altogether. How in the world could something so enormous be crossed? So they just sat." Sometimes it is easier to just sit. Not move forward and face our challenges, emotions, decisions or fears. "Let us anticipate that, when we stand gazing across those broad oceans in our lives, the Lord will instruct us on how to build the right kind of barge to get across it." He also talks about the challenges we are currently in can just be preparing us for a future trial and hopefully when those trials come we have learned something from where we are now to help us later. (That sentence made sense in my head...not sure if it came out that well!)

Favorite Quotes:

"We have to look for hope! We have to create it!"

"Frequently in life we need to move forward with hope in spite of all the distractions and obstacles, even when we perceive that they are stronger than we."