When I think of the word "hope" my mind immediately recalls the phrase:
"having a perfect brightness of hope." (2 Ne 31:20). I've been repeating these
words a lot in the last two months, especially since this was Halle's scripture
choice that she gave to me to help me be "strong as a rock!" The beginning
words of this verse state: "ye must press forward..." To "press" means to bear
down, to compress, to apply force...and we are expected go forward as we
"press." This sounds like heavy, hard work to me, especially when I'm feeling
weak, or tired, or even depressed. I am so grateful for the scriptures, even
modern revelation, that can bring strength and hope to me when I'm not feeling
so strong. The words spoken in General Conference are words to "feast upon."
I love Elder Holland's talk, "The Ministry of Angels" that he gave in
General Conference in Oct. 2008. He testified that ministering angels are sent
to help us in our hour of need. He said, "Even the Son of God, a God Himself,
had need for heavenly comfort during His sojourn in mortality." I love the
painting by the great Danish artist, Carl Bloch, named "Christ in the Garden of
Gethsemane." It shows an angel "ministering" to the Savior in His greatest hour
of sorrow and suffering. It is so comforting to me to know that our Heavenly
Father, in His great love, allowed the Savior this angelic comfort and
strength. I know that Heavenly Father gives us the same assistance when we are
in need of it. Elder Holland quotes President Monson's favorite scripture: "I
will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left,...my
Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you
up." (D&C 84:88).
I think of Argelia Alvarez, who is an angel herself. She would be the first
to offer help and assistance, if she knew she could be of service to someone
else. I know that there are many angels, just like her, who are round about her
and who will bear her up. I know that she will be able to "press forward with a
steadfastness in Christ." I hope that I can do the same.
I love you both!