Light. Colors. Laughter. Spending a week on Lake Powell can rejuvenate the spirit and enliven the soul with hope. God truly can inspire with His mighty creations of awe and wonder. I cannot imagine life without these elements. This is the view point of my yoga and meditation practice as well as my scripture study while watching the sun come up over the mountain and then later set behind the clouds and mesas.
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. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
These photos were taken early in the morning.
How did a week at Lake Powell charge my spirit with hope? Our youth CAN SURVIVE a week without technology and so can we!!! They amazed me by their unceasing creativity with their pals. We laughed, played games of all sorts, enjoyed water sports, ate delicious meals, toured the lake, helped stranded boaters and hoped that our time together would never end.
Hope is critical to both faith and charity. When disobedience, disappointment, and procrastination erode faith, hope is there to uphold our faith. When frustration and impatience challenge charity, hope braces our resolve and urges us to care for our fellowmen even without expectation of reward. The brighter our hope, the greater our faith. The stronger our hope, the purer our charity.
The things we hope for lead us to faith, while the things we hope in lead us to charity. The three qualities—faith, hope, and charity35—working together, grounded on the truth and light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, lead us to abound in good works.36 President Dieter F. Uchtdorf