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Overcoming Challenges and Trials

11.08.13

For those of you that don’t know, my husband and I are in the process of moving to Washington state and we couldn’t be more excited! We continually see the Lord’s hand in our lives day by day as everything has just fallen into place. I couldn’t be more grateful for all of these blessings and in the back of my mind I know the trials are coming. My history teacher created this image of what happens in society throughout time and throughout our lives. It looks something like this.

The staircase represents the progress of our lives and I know that Jack and I will be faced with trials very soon. I hoping that knowing it’s coming will make them easier to overcome, but nothing in life is ever easy. And it just so happens that the lesson I am preparing for this week for Young Women’s is all about overcoming challenges. Coincidence? I think not.

So far in my preparation I’ve learned a lot and I just feel the need to share it. I was reading a conference talk from Ann Dibb titled “Hold On” This talk struck a chord in me.

“We learn and grow by overcoming challenges with faith, persistence, and personal righteousness. I’ve been strengthened by President Thomas S. Monson’s endless confidence in our Heavenly Father and in us. He has said: “Remember that you are entitled to our [Heavenly] Father’s blessings in this work. He did not call you to your privileged post to walk alone, without guidance, trusting to luck. On the contrary, He knows your skill, He realizes your devotion, and He will convert your supposed inadequacies to recognized strengths. He has promised: ‘I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up’”

The power behind these words is amazing! I know that I am entitled to all of the blessings that my Heavenly Father has for me and I know that when He tries me, he will be by my side. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and He will never send me a challenge that I cannot overcome. God’s love will always be there for us whether we deserve it or not. So when trials come,

  1. Pray for strength- When you don’t feel strong enough to make it, kneel in s quiet place and seek for God’s grace. He will send you his love and comfort in your time of need.
  2. Go out and do something- It does no good to wallow in your own pity; it’s very easy, but it doesn’t accomplish anything. When we go out and do His will, God sends us miracles, angels, and blessings.
  3. Be Grateful- I can only imagine how happy our Heavenly Father is when we take the time to thank him for strength, our surroundings and other blessings in our lives. Be grateful for your trials, they help you grow and mature into the person that God wants you to be.

I cannot even tell you how many times I have seen angels in my life; my teachers, my parents, my spouse, members of the church, or even people at the supermarket. God sends these people inspiration to lift us in our daily encounters. When the roles are reversed, we have the ability to be inspired to help others who are troubled.

I testify that our Heavenly Father and his Son knows each of us and understands exactly what we are going through. Our Savior suffered every pain that we would ever feel. When you think that no one knows what you are going through, know that you are wrong. Christ knows. I’m so grateful to be a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have received so many life saving blessings because of it. I’m grateful for trials and I am grateful for blessings. In the words of Joseph B. Wirthlin “Come What May and Love it.”