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Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally, we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.
Adversity itself may lead toward and not away from God and spiritual enlightenment and privation may prove a source of strength if we can but keep a sweetness of mind and spirit.
(David O. McKay)
Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.
Now, the adversary knows that a little sin will not stay little and he welcomes any and all into his kingdom by first trying to get us to lie a little, then helping us to try to justify ourselves in so doing or to cheat or to steal. Some folks are indeed induced to desecrate the Sabbath-day until it becomes habitual with them. Some people begin with the use of liquor n just to relax a bit. Also, drug abuse, evil speaking, disobedience to parents or deceiving one's own companions these are the means he has of getting us to digress from the proper course. He knows full well that, if continued, such diversions soon result in regrets, sorrows and losses, because they lead us into greater sinfulness. No doubt one of the most infamous snares set out by the adversary is that of unchastely.
(ElRay L. Christiansen)
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?
If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - what would you tell him to do? I don't know.
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which, once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you wall have wanted had you known.
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