Saturday, May 6, 2017

Elder Marvin J. Ashton on moving forward in hope

Elder Marvin J. Ashton (1915-1994) served as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles from 1971 until his death in 1994 at age 78.
"Another important ingredient of proper attitude is resilience, the ability to cope with change. Adaptability cushions the impact of change or disappointment. Love can be a great shock absorber as we adjust in trials and tragedy.
"We constantly need to build hope in ourselves and those about us. We need to personally make dark days bright ones. Isn't it a joy, a lift, a light to see someone with heavy challenges and burdens moving forward to victory in the only contest that really matters. Hope makes it possible for us to know that even in temporary failure or setback there is always a next time, even a tomorrow."
- Marvin J. Ashton, "Who's Losing?", Ensign, Nov. 1974, p. 41
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"Resilience" is an impressive but challenging quality. There will be frustrations 0and difficulties in life, but the capacity to recover quickly from them or to "cope with change" is a key to success and happiness. Learning to adapt when things don't go as expected will make all the difference. And having the proper support helps—I love this line: "Love can be a great shock absorber as we adjust in trials and tragedy."

And so Elder Ashton invites us to "personally make dark days bright ones":

Elder Ashton refers to the beautiful doctrine of hope, enabling us to overcome failures knowing that they are temporary, since that "perfect brightness of hope" (2 Ne 31:20) urges us to keep our focus on the eventual state of peace and blessing instead of the temporary obstacle.

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