The Power of Covenants

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"In times of distress," said Elder Todd D. Christofferson in his April 2009 general conference talk, The Power of Covenants, "let your covenants be paramount and let your obedience be exact."

Elder Christofferson related a story about how covenants strengthened a family in Peru, where a massive earthquake that all but destroyed the coastal cities of Pisco and Chincha. Wenceslao Conde, the president of the Balconcito Branch of the Church in Chincha, immediately set about helping others whose homes were damaged.

When Sister Condes was asked about their own home, home, she replied that it and all of their belongings were gone--yet she was still smiling. How? She responded:
“I have prayed and I am at peace. We have all we need. We have each other, we have our children, we are sealed in the temple, we have this marvelous Church, and we have the Lord. We can build again with the Lord’s help.”
Click the link above to read the full talk and ask yourself:

What is it about making and keeping covenants with God that gives us the power to smile through hardships, to convert tribulation into triumph, to “be anxiously engaged in a good cause, … and bring to pass much righteousness” (D&C 58:27)?

How do our covenants give us strength in times of distress as well as in regular daily life?

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