No place, no excuse, for pessimism and despair

“Knowing what we know, and living as we are supposed to live, there really is no place, no excuse, for pessimism and despair. . . .

“I promise you in the name of the Lord whose servant I am that God will always protect and care for his people. We will have our difficulties the way every generation and people have had difficulties. But with the gospel of Jesus Christ, you have every hope and promise and reassurance. The Lord has power over his Saints and will always prepare places of peace, defense, and safety for his people. When we have faith in God we can hope for a better world—for us personally, and for all mankind.”
President Howard W. Hunter, “An Anchor to the Souls of Men,” Ensign, Oct. 1993, 70.

“From the holy scriptures we read, “Behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in [Him], they who have endured the crosses of the world, … they shall inherit the kingdom of God, … and their joy shall be full forever.” (2 Nephi 9:18.)

“I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.”

“My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.”

“I declare that God lives and that He hears and answers our prayers. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and our Redeemer. Heaven’s blessings await us.”
President Thomas S. Monson, “Be of Good Cheer,” May 2009 Ensign

“…any believing Latter-day Saint is an optimist about what lies ahead for him or her, however difficult the present may be.”
President Henry B. Eyring, “Our Perfect Example,” Nov. 2009 Ensign

“Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, “I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].” (John 14:18, 23.)”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “None Were With Him,” May 2009 Ensign

“I promise you that the light of His everlasting gospel can and will again shine brightly where you feared life had gone hopelessly, helplessly dark.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, May 2010

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Whole-souled, deeply held commitment

The ability to stand by one’s principles, to live with integrity and faith according to one’s belief—that is what matters. That devotion to true principle—in our individual lives, in our homes and families, and in all places that we meet and influence other people—that devotion is what God is ultimately requesting of us. It requires commitment—whole-souled, deeply held, eternally cherished commitment to the principles we know to be true in the commandments God has given.

Howard W. Hunter
Ensign, Oct. 1994, 2–5

And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.

Omni 1:26
The Book of Mormon