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Elder Holland Shares Hopeful Promise for Days When We Feel "Dark, Cold, Clouded, or Eclipsed"

Though we definitely don't like it, discouragement, disappoint, and despair are a part of our earthly existence. Everyone at some time or another will experience these difficulties, whether by experiencing them firsthand or witnessing them through a loved one. 

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But when these times come and we feel "dark, cold, clouded, or eclipsed," Elder Holland shares one hopeful promise that will bring God's light and mercy into our lives. 

Life can sometimes be difficult. Perhaps you have already discovered that. In the days and years ahead, you may suffer some discouragement and disappointment. On occasion you may feel genuine despair, either for yourself or for your children or for the plight and conditions of others.
You may even make a personal mistake or two—serious mistakes, perhaps, though I hope not—and worry that the chance to be happy and secure in life has eluded you forever.
When such times come, I ask you to remember this: Troubles need never be permanent nor fatal. Darkness always yields to light. The sun always rises. Faith, hope, and charity will always triumph in the end. Furthermore, they will triumph all along the way.
Remember God’s unfailing love for you. You undoubtedly will have days when you may feel dark, cold, clouded, or eclipsed. But if you desire God’s mercy, I promise that help will come to you.

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Most of us feel broken at some time or another. We face personal trials and family struggles. We get discouraged and downhearted. Many are enduring conflicts fought in the lonely foxholes of the heart, feeling their lives may be broken beyond repair. In this extraordinary book, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's characteristic good cheer and brilliant insights offer the surest and sweetest remedy of all. He invites all readers, not just the poor in spirit, to come unto Christ and receive “the strength that comes from experiencing firsthand the majesty of His touch.” 

This collection of some of Elder Holland's most memorable recent talks inspires us to maintain hope and to rivet our attention on the one Person who has the power to heal us. Broken Things to Mend provides a stirring reminder that, if we come unto the Savior, He will make us whole.


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