His Arm Is Sufficient

A Way of Life, Barbara Thompson

Many years ago while serving on the Relief Society general board, I was on an assignment to teach and train some Relief Society and priesthood leaders. We had arrived just in time for the meeting to begin, after having spent the morning teaching in another city.

I was the first speaker, following the opening song and prayer. The opening song was announced as “The Time Is Far Spent.”

I was not familiar with the title of this hymn and thought that it was odd that this was to be the opening song. I hadn’t even spoken, and already they were singing that the time was far spent!

As we began singing the song, I soon realized that it referred to the little time that is remaining to publish the gospel message and bring souls to Christ. The words of the fourth verse ran through my mind the whole evening and many times since then. It says:

Be fixed in your purpose, for Satan will try you;
The weight of your calling he perfectly knows.
Your path may be thorny, but Jesus is nigh you;
His arm is sufficient, tho demons oppose.
His arm is sufficient, tho demons oppose. 1

The message of that verse is that whatever happens in life, Jesus Christ has the power to save. Through His divine sacrifice, He has provided the way for us to gain eternal life. Truly, His work is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” 2 He has asked for our assistance in helping one another do the things that will lead to eternal life.

Last September in the general Relief Society meeting, Sister Beck outlined three things to help us in our goal to obtain eternal life. They are:

  1. 1.“Increase in faith and personal righteousness.”
  2. 2.“Strengthen families and homes.”
  3. 3.“Serve the Lord and His children.” 3 This also means to seek out and care for the poor and needy.

We know Satan will tempt and try us as we seek to do these things, but the Lord has promised that He will strengthen us. He will help us. 4

Excerpt from Barbara Thompson’s April 2009 General Conference Address, His Arm Is Sufficient. Barbara Thompson is Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. View Barbara Thompson’s full address here.