President Uchtdorf visited members in Cypress, Texas and assessed the damage at the temple on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Here are his inspiring words to the members:
“I have just left the Houston, Texas area, where floods caused by Hurricane Harvey have caused catastrophic loss. Though we all have seen photos and videos of the destruction, there is little that can prepare you for the enormity of the damage caused. It is heart wrenching.
“Despite this intense trial, thanks to the Savior and those who follow Him, there is always reason for hope. I forever will be inspired by the selfless humanitarian service I witnessed today.
“Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—as well as friends from many other faiths—have come together to ‘mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort’ (Mosiah 18:9). What is happening in Texas and Louisiana is exemplary of what the Church does all over the world. Whether it is in Africa, Asia, or South America, our members are there to help. It is the gospel and Christ’s Church in action to serve God and fellowmen.
“I want to speak directly to my friends in Houston, but I also hope this message can be helpful to you, wherever you are, if your own spiritual floodwaters are rising and you don’t know where to turn.
“The Lord has given us a reassuring message of hope: ‘Fear not, little flock . . . Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not’ (D&C 6:34, 36). Hope sustains us through despair. Hope teaches that there is reason to rejoice even when all seems dark around us.
“And to all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged and worried—I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in.
“Never allow despair to overcome your spirit.
“When we have hope, we acknowledge the difficult path ahead of us, but we move forward in faith, knowing that God will see us through these times of trial.
“My friends, embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart. I love you and I pray that you may find hope during these difficult times.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf