In the mountains, the sky is blue, the ponderosa pines are standing tall and green and waving in the gentle breeze. The grasses are turning yellow and brown, the flowers are gone now and the mornings are definitely chilly. Autumn has come with a full array of colors and a change in the weather. The glories of the spring and the summer are over and the earth welcomes in the changing of the season. Welcomes in hope, that all things will pass and renew again. The summer is past, the harvest is ended, yet will spring come once again. We are surrounded by hope. It speaks to us through the seasons and through the world around us. Sometimes, we just forget to open our eyes and really see.
"We live in a unique time in the world’s history. We are blessed with so very much. And yet it is sometimes difficult to view the problems and permissiveness around us and not become discouraged. I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness.I never cease to be amazed by how the Lord can motivate and direct the length and breadth of His kingdom and yet have time to provide inspiration concerning one individual. The fact that He can, that He does, is a testimony to me." President Thomas S. Monson