Knowing the truth and having the Gospel does not make trials and tribulations skip our door towards someone else’s. They – trials, tribulations, and hardships – they still manage to find us and stir us, sometimes to the point where it’s easier to just succumb than fight. But the knowledge of truth brought about by the Gospel gives hope. It comforts, it provides the much needed refuge. It assures us that “this too shall pass”. It reassures all of us that Someone is in control, and there is help, and He is always willing to help when His help is earnestly sought.
In so many instances I have told my children that having the Gospel does not exempt us from going through trials. Human as we are we still feel anger; we still feel hurt; we still get offended; we still feel jealous and envious; we still feel mad; we still feel agitated, irritated, lonely, depressed, and at times hopeless. But what I also know is that the Gospel provides a way for people to see the truth of all things – the good and the bad, and how everything is like pieces of a puzzle, each part having a purpose, each part contributing to a greater whole. The Gospel explains the “what”, the “when”, the “where”, the “why’s”, and the “how’s” of life. The Gospel, properly understood, helps people make the right decisions; the best decisions, with the eternities in mind. The Gospel shows the “bigger picture”, and because all the dots are understood and the interconnections seen, it helps and encourages people to develop a stronger resolve to do the right things for the right reasons.
Thomas S. Monson said: ”
“To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.”
“Our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.”
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