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Elder Ballard: Stay Upbeat . . . Whatever the Battle Is, You Are Going to Win

MR says: It's essential for all of us to stay optimistic, remember all we have to be grateful for, and to do the simple things. If we do, we will never get torn down or defeated in life.

Sharing counsel in the loving way a grandfather would talk to his grandchildren, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to young adults at the institute adjacent to Utah Valley University on Oct. 30, reminding them to stay positive amid a world of challenges and trials.

“We gather here at this institute as students who desire to know more about the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Elder Ballard said. “We gather here in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world.”

Students filled the chapel and overflow gymnasiums of the Orem Institute of Religion to hear the apostle’s remarks of simple, practical counsel.

Reminding young adults that they are sons and daughters of loving Heavenly Parents, Elder Ballard spoke of the Plan of Salvation that allows all to become like their Father in Heaven.

“You enjoy knowledge of who you are more than any other people on the face of the earth,” the apostle taught. “Because you have the gospel of Jesus Christ you know that you are a son or a daughter of eternal [parents].”

Lead image from Deseret News.

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