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Sister Sharon Eubank: ‘Christ — the Light that Shines in Darkness’

First counselor in the Relief Society general presidency

Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, gives her address du

Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, gives her address during the Sunday morning session of the 189th Annual General Conference on April 7, 2019.

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Notable quotes:

"When tragedies overtake us, when life hurts so much that we can't breathe, when we've taken a beating like the man on the road to Jericho and been left for dead, Jesus comes along and He pours oil into our wounds, He lifts us tenderly up, He takes us to an inn, He looks after us."
"I testify you are beloved. The Lord knows how hard you are trying. You are making progress. Keep going. ... Your work is not in vain. You are not alone."
"Take a few more steps on the covenant path, even if it’s too dark to see very far. The lights will come back on."

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To those who feel paralyzed with grief, who are "just so tired," who feel they don't fit the "traditional mold," who are splintering with questions or who feel they will never be good enough, Christ is the source of light, healing and rest.

"When tragedies overtake us, when life hurts so much that we can't breathe, when we've taken a beating like the man on the road to Jericho and been left for dead, Jesus comes along and He pours oil into our wounds, He lifts us tenderly up, He takes us to an inn, He looks after us."

Just as Christ made great efforts to reach out to all kinds of people — especially those who weren't traditionally accepted in society — He continues to reach out to every person today.

Sister Eubank reminds those who are weighed down and irritated with questions that "this isn't the stage in our eternal development where we have all answers. But it is the stage where we develop our assurance (or sometimes hope) in the evidence of things not seen. Assurance comes in ways that aren't always easy to analyze, but there is light in our darkness."

What is the key to reconnecting to the power of Jesus Christ when one's faith is flickering?

The answer: make Christ the center of your life.

"If you feel that the beacon of your testimony is sputtering and darkness is closing in, take courage," she said. "Keep your promises to God. Ask your questions. Patiently melt stone to glass. Turn to Jesus Christ who loves you still."

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