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Reason to hope: Lord's stunning promise

Search diligently, pray always, and be believing

Likening one's life to reading in the middle of an intense novel, Young Women General President Susan W. Tanner quoted Doctrine and Covenants 90:24: "Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly." The scripture was the theme of the general meeting.

"This stunning promise from the Lord that all things shall work together for our good is repeated many times in the scriptures," Sister Tanner said during the General Young Women Meeting March 27, "particularly to people or prophets who are suffering through the trials of their own life stories. I sense that this promise comes from a tender, caring Father who desires to bless us and give us reason to hope through our earthly journey. Knowing that eventually all things will work together for our good will help us endure affliction like the faithful people from the scriptures who knew of His promises and trusted in them. . . ."

Sometimes the fulfillment of promises is immediate, Sister Tanner said. "Other times we plead for years before we see the desired promises fulfilled. . . . While it may be true in some instances that our promised blessings will only be fulfilled in the eternities, it is also true that as we search, pray and believe, we will often recognize things working together for our good in this life."

There will be "angels round about you, to bear you up," the general president said, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 84:88. "They will sustain us as we carry our earthly burdens. Often in our lives, those angels are the people around us, the people who love us, those who allow themselves to be instruments in the Lord's hands."

One Young Women group in Oklahoma, Sister Tanner related, prayed to determine how to best include Alexis, a new Beehive who was deaf. They learned the Young Women Theme in sign language to share with her and surprised her and her mother with it one evening. Even the young men learned to sign "Will you dance with me?" in preparation for an upcoming dance.

"In every ward or branch, in every home or family, there is an Alexis with a special need, physical, emotional or spiritual, who is praying and trusting that somehow through her challenges, eventually 'all things shall work together for (her) good.' Each of us can be an instrument in the Lord's hands, an earthly angel who can help the miracles happen."

Complete text of Sister Tanner's remarks may be found here: LDS.org

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