Friday, February 12, 2016

Joseph B. Wirthlin on enduring times of challenge - "Sunday will come"

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917-2008) served as a Seventy from 1976 to 1986, then as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles from 1986 until his passing in 2008 at age 91.
"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," Ensign, November 2006, pp. 26-30
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Elder Wirthlin spoke in this address about the powerful blessing of the Savior's Atonement and Resurrection. He recounted events of that sacred weekend two millennia ago, with the despair that accompanied Friday's crucifixion followed by the glorious hope of Sunday's resurrection. He applied those emotions to our own feelings of grief, loneliness, and loss in life.

And then came this beautiful and reassuring testimony, likening the message to the struggles of our daily lives. When we feel we are in the midst of a "Friday" where all seems to be lost and the sadness far outweighs the joy, we must know that there will soon come a "Sunday" when everything will be made whole again. It's a glorious doctrine, this doctrine of hope!

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