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When I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated! But to be completely honest, I was also scared out of my wits! There were so many decisions to make, so many symptoms to worry about, and so many “horror stories” circulating around about giving birth. At about this time is when I read the scripture in 1 John 4:18 that says, “[God’s] perfect love casteth out fear”. Since then, these words have lifted me up through some of my toughest experiences, and I find myself quoting them almost weekly. This is why I couldn’t get enough of Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s recent General Conference message. He says:

One of the ways Satan wants us to manipulate others is by dwelling upon and even exaggerating the evil in the world.

Certainly our world has always been, and will continue to be, imperfect…The corruption and wickedness in our day are unique and alarming.

But in spite of all this, I wouldn’t trade living in this time with any other time in the history of the world. We are blessed beyond measure to live in a day of unparalleled prosperity, enlightenment, and advantage. Most of all, we are blessed to have the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which gives us a unique perspective on the world’s dangers and shows us how to either avoid these dangers or deal with them.

When I think of these blessings, I want to fall to my knees and offer praises to our Heavenly Father for His never-ending love for all of His children.

I don’t believe God wants His children to be fearful or dwell on the evils of the world.

I couldn’t agree more! Yes, we are living in the last days and yes, times are certainly tough. But that doesn’t mean that God has left His people. These are great times to be alive!!! When we can keep this perspective in mind, it’s easier to have a positive outlook on what’s going on around us and within us. I am grateful that we can find answers almost immediately and I have learned that in order to enjoy God’s plan, you must learn to love it and be comfortable with what’s going on.

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