May Christ Lift Thee Up – Moroni 9:25-26

25 My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever.
26 And may the grace of God the Father, whose throne is high in the heavens, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who sitteth on the right hand of his power, until all things shall become subject unto him, be, and abide with you forever. Amen.

At the end of a letter in which he relates a number of appalling atrocities committed by his people, Mormon expresses his profound desire that his son, Moroni, will continue to have hope and be filled with grace, even in the midst of these circumstances. He does not want Moroni to be weighed down but rather to be lifted up by the grace of Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
On one occasion, President Thomas S. Monson offered similar encouragement to a discouraged church leader looking at the floor of an elevator:

He had seen my subdued countenance and my heavy briefcase. He smiled and lovingly suggested, while pointing heavenward, “It is better to look up!” As we traveled down one more level, he cheerfully explained that he was on his way to the temple. When he bid me farewell, his parting glance spoke again to my heart, “Now, remember, it is better to look up” (Carl B. Cook, “It Is Better to Look Up,” General Conference, October 2011).

Today, I will follow the advice of Mormon and of President Monson. Instead of allowing difficult circumstances to overwhelm and discourage me, I will allow Christ to lift me up by His grace. Instead of looking down in discouragement, I will look up. 

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