26 February 2012

Happy Sunday: Don't Be a Scrub

So.......that title has [almost] nothing to do with the message of this post.  However, Elder Wirthlin DOES talk about scrubs for a brief moment which increases my love and respect for the man exponentially, because, really, when have you heard the use of the term scrub outside of TLC's top 10 single, like, 100 years ago when you were getting your Junior High groove on at Classic Skate? 

Now, read this.  I discovered this talk on my mission and it remains one of my absolute favorites.  As an apostle of the Lord, Elder Wirthlin testifies of His resurrection--how He went from the deepest, darkest despair to the most glorious triumph that the world has ever known.  Though none of us can ever expect to experience what Christ suffered, we all have our pits and valleys that we must pass through before we reach our mountain summit.  During those miserable moments, there is nothing that offers greater hope, optimism, and comfort than the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As my roommate suffers the recent loss of her father to cancer, I've been reflecting a lot on this lately.  A knowledge of God's divine plan for His children will not take away the pain of losing a loved one--we're meant to experience pain and sorrow so that we can appreciate joy--but it certainly provides much-needed hope, something that seems to be becoming an increasingly rare commodity in our world today.

Seriously, peeps, this talk is amazing and worth 12 minutes to read.  It starts a bit slow but don't let that turn you off.

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.
But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.
No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.  
 (Joseph B. Wirthlin,"Sunday Will Come," October 2006 General Conference)