The Spirit of Optimism, Part 1

This is an awesome address given by President Hinckley...

I am asking that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.

There never was a greater time in the history of the world to live upon the earth than this. How grateful every one of us ought to feel for being alive in this wonderful time with all the marvelous blessings we have. … And on top of all that is the Restoration of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with all of the keys and authority, with all the gifts and blessings, with all the organization and doctrine of all previous dispensations all brought into one. And you and I are partakers of that marvelous restoration (from Church News, Aug. 14, 1999, 7).

I see so many good people everywhere—and there’s so much of good in them. And the world is good. Wonderful things are happening in this world. This is the greatest age in the history of the earth. …

We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. … You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.


  1. Thanks for that, Amy! We all need to think positively!

  2. Then it's just what you need.

  3. My job is all about keeping the positive even when the unexpected is thrown our way....a quote from my boss "Every challenge is good news--every obstavle a gift--every conflict an opportunity to exert, access power, and gain strength"

  4. That's a good quote. Maybe Dan should be handing out with you more.

  5. :P I hate positivity and that being optimistic! I'll have to re0comment when I am feeling more myself. I suppose every "glass half full" girl has to have a less then groovy week right?

  6. That is so perfect especially since it would be so easy to be so doom and gloom right now with the election and gas prices and the war in Iraq and everything else. Thank you for that little bright bit of sunshine in the day Amy.


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