To me embodies happy feelings, anticipation of good things,
the best of the gospel, and zest for life.
In this church we celebrate “a perfect brightness of 2 Ne. 31:20.) .” (
What a light, ebullient phrase that is.
I’ve stood on a mountaintop at sunrise and thought of that phrase.
—what it does to my soul when I feel it!
—what it does for the world when we act on it!
Our joy and our begins and ends in our Savior.
A sister expressed to me:
“Not long ago I was feeling sorry for myself.
I’ve been struggling to pay bills.
Upon retiring to bed one night feeling the worse for the daily battle,
I lay in my bed moaning to myself.
It was then that I looked up to the picture I have of the Savior on my wall.
His eyes seemed to look into my very soul,
and at the same time these words came to my mind:
‘I am here. I’ve always been by your side,
taking the pain you feel as well.
I drank the bitter cup for you and I gladly did so.
I love you.
I always will and I’ll always be here
with you every step of the way.’
I felt like the Savior’s arms had circled my body and were hugging me.
I felt so secure, so loved and wanted—
a feeling I can still feel as I write this on paper.
The feeling of loneliness left me immediately.”