After enjoying the beautiful Christmas Season and the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I was reflecting back on the wonderful lessons and messages about our Savior and his love for us. I especially enjoyed the December Visiting Teaching message:
and then Our 2009 RS Theme came to me
Although we are faced with many challenges and the economic state of our country is troubled, the Lord wants us to be filled with hope...not just because it points us to a brighter tomorrow but because it changes the quality of our lives today.
I really do believe in Hope. Did you know our youngest daughter is named Hope? 12 years ago, our hearts were filled with deep sorrow and despair. My brother was in a terrible surfing accident and had a severe spinal chord injury. At that same time Mark's brother's wife was diagnosed with a rare and terminal cancer. Our families are very close and it was such a difficult time for everyone. A few months later we shared the news of a new baby girl. This news and the anticipation of her arrival reminded us all of our Savior's atoning love and his gift of hope. It was the perfect name for our sweet blessing.I love this talk The Infinite Power of Hope from the October General Conference.
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)