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Quick Conference Thought – from “Yielding Our Hearts to God” by Sister Marriott

Posted by KS on February 1, 2016

In Sister Marriott’s family, they had a motto: “It will all work out.” But she, like all of us, has had experiences that try that motto and seem to strain it beyond use. How can she, and we, continue to have that hope? I really liked her personal response:

Our family motto doesn’t say, “It will all work out now.” It speaks of our hope in the eternal outcome—not necessarily of present results. Scripture says, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.” This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good

I think that last line is wonderfully useful: “This doesn’t mean all things are good, but … things—both positive and negative—work together for good.”

That wording reminds me of Lehi’s counsel to Jacob: “thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain” (2 Nephi 2:2). His promise wasn’t for good things now (or even ahead) but that somehow, the bad would be turned into gain. It also reminds me of the parable of the wheat and the tares: “lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest” (Matthew 13:29-30). Even though it wasn’t time for the wheat and tares to be separated when the servant wanted, in the end the wheat was harvested and stored up.

One of God’s great powers is that no matter what happens on this earth, the future can always be bright. The atonement heals, changes, endures, consecrates, and builds with whatever happens. It’s a great comfort to me that no matter what happens, it can work together for good and His purposes will never fail.

What are your thoughts on this quotation from Sister Marriott’s talk?


3 Responses to “Quick Conference Thought – from “Yielding Our Hearts to God” by Sister Marriott”

  1. Carvel Whiting said

    There is great synergy between Sister Marriott’s talk and concepts in Chapter 2 of the Howard W. Hunter manual (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church).

    In that chapter, Pres. Hunter taught a couple of powerful concepts about peace: 1) that “…peace is a state of existence that comes to man only upon the terms and conditions set by God, and in no other way.” and 2) that “Peace can come to an individual only by an unconditional surrender—surrender to him who is the Prince of peace, who has the power to confer peace.”

    Sister Marriott’s talk is very insightful and teaches and gives specific examples of how we can change our hearts, to “surrender,” to bend our mind and will to that of God. We, then, will find peace.

  2. Thank you for the great Article, i loved it and this made my day !.
    “One of God’s great powers is that no matter what happens on this earth, the future can always be bright.” quoting this .
    life is full of stress and obstacles if you don’t believe in god but once you got your know your heart everything happens good.

    • Clint said

      This is a very thought provoking quote. Thank you for sharing it and starting this conversation.

      In the statement, “One of God’s great powers is that no matter what happens on this earth, the future can always be bright”, I find the word, “can”, to be a bit limiting. One could make the statement stronger:

      “One of God’s great powers is that no matter what happens on this earth, the future will always be bright [for those who search diligently, pray always, and have Faith in Christ]”. In our trials, Heavenly Father will often comfort us with assurances that “things will be all right”, but that’s the rub: His ‘all right’ can be so different from my ‘all right’… In a real practical sense, this may be the place where “pray always” comes into play because “prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other” (BD).

      Only after much mighty prayer and fasting, can we have the mind of God, and perhaps in that state we are best prepared to “be believing” as we not only accept, but seek to bring about, God’s will for us. Or, put differently: we not only accept and survive, but fully live and thrive within “the things alloted to us by a just God”. Being believing could then be a means of “acting” and not merely being “acted upon”.

      The thing that I couldn’t work out yet is where “searching diligently” plays into this process. Can someone help me out?

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