Despair: A Staircase that Leads Only and Forever Downward

A Way of Life, Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The scriptures say that there must be “an opposition in all things.”15 So it is with faith, hope, and charity. Doubt, despair, and failure to care for our fellowmen lead us into temptation, which can cause us to forfeit choice and precious blessings.

The adversary uses despair to bind hearts and minds in suffocating darkness. Despair drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be. Despair kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul, and deadens the heart. Despair can seem like a staircase that leads only and forever downward.

Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father, who has prepared a way for those who seek for eternal truth in a world of relativism, confusion, and of fear.

Excerpt from Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s October 2009 General Conference address, The Infinite Power of Hope. Dieter F. Uchtdorf is Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Watch his full address on video here.


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