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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?


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