Gospel offers mankind unshakable hope

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Seeking divine guidance and following the gospel path will lead people to their final destination, Elder Kwok Yuen Tai said Sunday afternoon.

"Sometimes adversity may seem so overwhelming that we feel powerless to continue. If we appeal for help with humility and faith, our Heavenly Father will provide a way to lovingly help us through," explained Elder Tai, who was giving his first general conference address since being called to the Seventy last June.

He related that his parents were killed when he was a young boy growing up in Hong Kong. His Aunt Gu Ma reared him and his older brother. He recalled that one day after a severe tropical storm, he and his brother were treading along a drainage pipe on a steep hillside. The pipe was suspended over a stream that, because of the storm, had become a torrential river.

"As I approached the other side [of the pipeT, I looked back to see how my brother was doing. I was startled to see that he had made his way only half way and had come to a complete stop. He, being older and wiser, had realized what a precarious perch we were on and had instinctively frozen in his tracks, unable to continue."

Elder Tai related how his brother yelled for help. "Luckily, Aunt Gu Ma was working in the fields below and heard us. She came quickly to his rescue. She lovingly guided him along and led us both home to safety.

"Ofttimes we become anxious and fearful as we confront the complexities of life," he said.

When he was 17 years old, he explained, he was invited to attend an LDS Church service. "One year later, I was baptized in the swimming pool of the Hong Kong mission home and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Then in 1965, he met a "beautiful young woman, Hui Hua, in the Kowloon City branch in Hong Kong. We were married one year later in the Kom Tong Hall in Hong Kong.

"Little did we know what the Lord had in store for us," he continued. "Exactly 30 years to the month after my baptism - and also on my birthday, I returned with my wife to the very baptismal location to preside as mission president of the Hong Kong Mission.

"During that three-year term we experienced inexpressible joy in watching people's lives change as they embraced the gospel. The gospel brightened up their lives. Through the gospel, hatred can turn into love, pride into humility, wickedness into righteousness, sorrow into happiness, and fear into peace.

"The gospel has also given me, an orphan boy, unshakable hope that someday I can be together with my family forever," Elder Tai said.

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