I am not that same girl… and I am glad for that.
“Nevertheless, I often heard her say that the Lord consecrated that affliction for her gain because her husband’s death compelled her to develop her talents and serve and become something that she could never have become without that seeming tragedy. Our mother was a spiritual giant, strong and fully worthy of the loving tribute her three children inscribed on her headstone: “Her Faith Strengthened All.”
“The revelations, for which we are grateful, show that we should even give thanks for our afflictions because they turn our hearts to God and give us opportunities to prepare for what God would have us become. ”
The Lord taught the prophet Moroni, “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble,” and then promised that “if they humble themselves … and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).
In the midst of the persecutions the Lord gave a similar teaching and promise: “Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;… and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good” (D&C 98:1, 3).
Brigham Young understood. Said he, “There is not a single condition of life [or] one hour’s experience but what is beneficial to all those who make it their study, and aim to improve upon the experience they gain”
If we truly understand the Lord’s teachings and promises, we will learn and grow from our adversities. We will let them change and refine us into better people. Instead of just persevering through our trials we will actively allow them to purify us.
“When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life. We are sent here to be tested. There must be opposition in all things. We are meant to learn and grow through that opposition, through meeting our challenges, and through teaching others to do the same.”
That process of teaching and helping others brings fulfillment and joy into our lives. We feel God’s love more fully! We understand that our life here is not about acquiring things and self- gratification, but about acquiring the ability to unselfishly love and serve others.
So I am filled with gratitude for so many things. I feel to fall to my knees daily to thank that Lord for the many blessings that He has given me. I do not feel slighted; I feel blessed. I know that I will see my husband again, and that will be a glorious, wonderful reunion. I look forward to that day with hope, yet I remain committed to finish my work here while he is doing his there. I am committed to letting this trial and future trials shape me into the woman who will be able to fall at her Savior’s feet and express her appreciate to Him who has given her everything.
Questions to Ponder:
1. How can you be grateful for your trials? What things have they taught you or could they teach you? In what ways have you become better or could you become better?