The Powerful Promise Elder Uchtdorf Shared After Visiting Russia

by | May 16, 2018

Mormon Life

It doesn't matter who you are, we all have our cloudy days. You may have lost your phone for the millionth time or you may have important gospel questions that remain unanswered. For whatever reason, we all feel hurt, alone, confused, or angry for time to time. 

But as Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared, it doesn't have to be like that forever. In fact, after visiting Russia, Elder Uchtodorf shared a powerful promise just for when we feel the sun refuses to shine in our lives. 

I often call Harriet the sunshine of my life—and she is. However, my recent trip to Eastern Europe caused me to think in a different way about the sunshine that is available to each of us.
We spent several days of our trip in Russia. Russia is a wonderful country with amazing people, but if you have spent a lot of time there, you know that sunshine is not always abundant.
Recognizing this caused me to think that just because we don’t see the sun, this doesn’t mean it is not there. For example, when it is cloudy or raining, you may think the sun is gone—but it is not! It is just temporarily behind the clouds.
And such it is with our lives. During those times when we feel hurt, frustrated, confused, or scared, let us remember that the sunshine is still there—even though we may not see it at the moment.
I attest that the sun will again shine on those of us who struggle. If we exhibit faith in Christ, He will bless us with the strength to persevere in our trials until that glorious day when the sun’s magnificent rays shine on us and His light marks our way ahead.

Lead image from Elder Uchtdorf's Facebook page

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has earned a reputation among members of the Church for using his decades of experience as a pilot to draw gospel metaphors. He has even joked about the frequency of the phenomenon from the pulpit, once noting that a congregation may be asking, "What does this have to do with an airplane?" Elder Uchtdorf's ability to draw on real-life experience and share easily interpreted analogies has endeared him to Church members the world over.

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