I’ll use this post as a place to gather my thoughts over the next few days on the YW lesson “Optimism”
I do like the scripture the lesson refers to:
Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another. (D&C 90:24)
There is great power in looking at life this way: that if your focus is on your covenants and working with God, then God can turn all things for good. Another way to express this is: consecration.
This verse also calls to mind 2 Ne. 2: 2: Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.
There is something to think about there.
But also, I have nothing against “optimism” itself. There are lots of conference talks by Pres. Hinckley and Pres. Monson that I could look at. This sort of optimism comes from trust in God, and that is a profound thing to discuss.
There is also the route of looking at gratitude and how that radically changes our outlook on life. Pres. Monson’s talk on gratitude just a week and a half ago would be a good source for that.
Lots of possibilities. I’m definitely looking forward to an opportunity to teach. So, onward with the lesson preparation!