9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the aLord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest
"I have seen enough ups and downs throughout my life to know that winter will surely give way to the warmth and hope of a new spring. I am optimistic about the future. Brethren, for our part, we must remain steadfast in hope, work with all our strength, and trust in God." (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Two Principles for Any Economy, October 2009 General Conference)
Elder Uchtdorf also spoke of two principles that sustained him during hard times: Work and Learn.
His father was an office worker and could find no work in his field of expertise. He went and did many manual labor jobs to continue to provide for his family. He worked as a coal miner, a uranium miner, and other manual labor jobs.
"Pray as though everything depends on the Lord and work as though everything depends on you." (Author unknown)
If we put forth our best effort, the Lord will increase our capacity.
“Consider the power of the idea taught in our beloved song ‘I Am a Child of God’ … Here is the answer to one of life’s great questions, ‘Who am I?’ I am a child of God with a spirit lineage to heavenly parents. That parentage defines our eternal potential. That powerful idea is a potent antidepressant. It can strengthen each of us to make righteous choices and to seek the best that is within us. Establish in the mind of a … person the powerful idea that he or she is a child of God and you have given self-respect and motivation to move against the problems of life." (Dallin H. Oaks, “Powerful Ideas,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 25.)
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If Satan can convince us that we are not children of God then we lose perspective and hope. Anything becomes ok to do since we are nothing.
From the Bulletin:
"When a new year comes, so often do new goals. Sadly, some of our goals fizzle before the month of January is over. To counter this, most goals require daily attention, planning, discipline and tracking — the things that eventually build greatness within us. Line upon line, great things are brought to pass (see Alma 37:6,7)." The Bishop
"Let us remember, too, that greatness is not always a matter of the scale of one's life, but of the quality of one's life. True greatness is not always tied to the scope of our tasks, but to the quality of how we carry out really matter now, things which will still matter a thousand years from now." President Spencer W. Kimball, "A Gift of Gratitude", Tambuli, Dec 1977, 1.
"A culture of planning and accountability makes good organizations (including individuals, families and wards) great and great organizations unstoppable." The Bishop