Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. - 2 Ne. 31:20

"This brief time away from our heavenly home and parents is a time when we are given our agency for the purpose of being tried and tested in every way," said Young Women Gen. Pres. Ardeth G. Kapp in her address during the Sept. 27, 1986, General Women's Meeting.

"You should expect some `down' days and some hard tests. Learn from them. Grow from them. Be stronger because of them. . . .

"The gospel of Jesus Christ is the pathway to hope that leads us back to our Heavenly Father and our eternal home. Listen to our Father's promise to us. He ways, `Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.' (D&C 6:20.)"

Sister Kapp urged her listeners to listen to the constant whisperings of the Spirit with its messages.

"With daily prayer, scripture study, and our feet firmly planted on the road to the celestial kingdom, we have a `perfect brightness of hope,'" she said. "There will be some steep climbs ahead, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has convenanted and promised to climb with each of us every step of the way. Think of it! Covenant this very day, if you haven't already, to plant your feet firmly on the path to the celestial kingdom. Lift up your heart . . . and let your soul rejoice, and never, never, never give up."