I have friends who suffer from depression which at times is so crippling that they cannot move.
I have another friend who recently lost her special someone way to soon and then I have a friend who is suffering from chronic pain and finding herself at the mercy of others.
I am pretty sure my above mentioned friends have had periods where they have found their hope dashed into pieces, yet they continue to press on.
As I have visited with them I always try to offer words of encouragement and hope.
I know I have faced my own dark days where my hope ha been snuffed out and I found myself in the cold silence of darkness.
I am still amazed at how I managed to pull myself out of that pit of darkness and despair.
It took me many years to regain my hope and quite honestly that moment came for me on my birthday in 1997,
That was the year I realized that my Heavenly Father loved me and had been at my side whispering words of encouragement which gave me the strength to pull myself out of my then hopeless world.
He also sent inspired friends who loved and assisted me along the way.
One of those special people I continue to call my best friend.
He is my husband who has stood by me for over 30 years.
He was the first to fill my soul with hope.
As I continue my journey I have been blessed by so many whose lives have touched mine and have continued to fill my soul with hope.
I have a very special friend who one day whispered to me as she wrapped her arms around me
"one day you and I will have our own children."
Her hope warmed my heart and I found myself telling her,
"There is no doubt in my mind that day will come."
I can honestly admit it is my love for my Savior and my knowledge of His great love for me which is the basis of my hope.
Since General Conference is starting Saturday April 1st I thought it appropriate to share a thought that President Uchtdorf shared in October 2008 General Conference
Oh how I love listening to the messages of General Conference.
The Brethren are truly a beacon of light and hope
For those of you who like my friends are struggling may you find a beacon of hope which will warm your heart and give you the courage to face your challenges
I hope President Uchtdorf''s words speak to you as they spoke to me.
He is truly an instrument in the Lord's hands.