D&C 68:6 “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord and with you, and will stand by you.”
“We learn to cultivate hope the same we learn to walk, one step at a time.” (President Uchtdorf) If there is a chink in your armor of faith, the devil will know where to attack.
The Oak Tree
by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr
A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark
But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?
The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway
But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me
Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger than I ever knew
May we all be like this mighty oak tree with deep, firm roots. So that when the trials come that this life will surely bring our way, we will be able to endure, and endure well. That we may endure with faith, hope, and joy. Life is not easy, it was not meant to be, but we can finish our marathon here on earth no matter what trials and tribulations come our way; that we can return to our Father in Heaven and live with joy.