Adversity: Trials are part of the Journey- jan 13, 2013

Adversity: Trials are part of the Journey


I listen to a talk by one of the leaders of our church, Deiter F Utchdorf called.  Having grown up in Germany during WWII, he experienced many trials as result of the war and ensuing economic and political hardship. His words are words of wisdom.

“It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself,  that determines how your life’s story will develop.”

“If you ever feel your burden is too great to bear, lift your heart to your Heavenly Father, and He will uphold and bless you. He says to you, as He said to Joseph Smith, “[Your] adversity and [your] afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if [you] endure it well, God shall exalt [you] on high.” “


“Enduring adversity is not the only thing you must do to experience a happy life. Let me repeat: how you react to adversity and temptation is a critical factor in whether or not you arrive at your own “happily ever after.”


Things to help you get through trials

  •  Learn to laugh
  • Seek for the eternal perspective
  • Principle of compensation– 
    • the faithful need to know that every tear today will be repaid 100 fold. 
    • The Lord will compensate you for every difficulty- see JOB.
  •  Put your trust in the Savior and draw near to Him 
    • He will come to our aid. 
    • He will make weak things become strong. 

“Without trials we don’t understand the joy of the triumph.”

“We can’t pick our trials but we can choose how we will face them.”

Walter D Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”

“Our hard times can be times of greatest growth.”

“We experience hard things so we will have greater understanding and compassion towards others.”



Your Happily Ever After DIETER F. UCHTDORF