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Finding Cheer in Challenging Times

Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Be of Good Cheer” by Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during October 1982. In this powerful message, Elder Maxwell encourages us to maintain our faith and cheerfulness even in the face of life’s challenges.

Scriptural Inspiration: Trusting in God's Plan

The Bible teaches us in John 16:33: “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” This scripture reminds us that even in the midst of trials, we can find hope and strength in Jesus Christ, who has conquered all challenges.

The Call to Be of Good Cheer

Elder Maxwell opens his message by acknowledging the paradox of our times. We live in an era where we witness both remarkable wonders and distressing difficulties. It’s a world where moments of joy coexist with moments of sorrow. However, amid this complexity, we receive a simple but profound directive from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: “be of good cheer.”

Finding Cheer in the Face of Adversity

Elder Maxwell reminds us that this call to be cheerful isn’t a recent one. Jesus Christ gave this instruction to His disciples during some of their darkest hours. At that time, they faced imminent challenges, from Judas’s betrayal to Christ’s crucifixion. Yet, Christ encouraged them to be of good cheer, emphasizing that He had overcome the world.

Gospel Gladness: A Perspective Shifter

Elder Maxwell introduces the concept of “gospel gladness.” It’s the joy and optimism that arise from understanding the profound realities of the gospel. These realities include the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the defeat of death, and the plan of salvation, all of which bring hope and happiness.

A Time for Cheer in Our Own Lives

Elder Maxwell illustrates how individuals throughout history have found reasons to be of good cheer despite daunting circumstances. He shares stories of individuals like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, who remained positive and joyful even during challenging times.

Being of Good Cheer Amidst Despair

The world we live in can be filled with despair, but finding strength in the Atonement of Jesus Christ  can be our source of hope and resilience.

Trials and Testing of Our Faith

Elder Maxwell acknowledges that we will face difficulties and trials, as the Lord intends to try the faith and patience of His Saints. However, he assures us that the Lord will not give us more than we can bear and that we can be of good cheer, knowing that these experiences are part of God’s divine plan.

Choosing to Be of Good Cheer

Elder Maxwell concludes by emphasizing our agency and the importance of maintaining our faith even in challenging times. He encourages us not to rely on worldly circumstances or temporary challenges but to trust in God’s unfolding plan.

Radiate Cheerfulness and Faith

In closing, let us heed Elder Maxwell’s timeless counsel to “be of good cheer.” Let us embrace the gospel’s resplendent realities and find joy in our faith. As we navigate the challenges of our time, may we choose to radiate cheerfulness and hope to those around us.

In these tumultuous times, let us remember the words of Jesus Christ: “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” With faith and optimism, we can face life’s challenges and help create a brighter future for ourselves and those we touch.

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