Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Testing and Trials of Life

I have the following quote by President Harold B. Lee laminated and sitting where I can see it every time I sit at my computer. It is profound, and based on D&C 101:4-5:

"Some of us have been tried and have been tested until our very heart strings would seem to break. I have heard of persons dying with a broken heart, and I thought that was just a sort of a poetic expression, but I learned that it could be a very real experience. I came near to that thing, but when I began to think of my own troubles, I thought of what the apostle Paul said of the Master. "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered, and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." (Heb 5:8, 9)

Don't be afraid of the testing and trials of life. Sometimes when you are going through the most severe tests, you will be nearer to God than you have any idea, for like the experience of the Master himself in the temptation on the mount, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and on the cross at Calvary, the scriptures record, 'And, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.' (Matt 4:11)

Sometimes that may happen to you in the midst of your trials."

There continues to be severe testing and trials in this group. Know that angels are ministering to you, possibly unawares, but there nevertheless. And countless prayers are being offered on your behalf. You are loved.


Anna Maria Junus said...

I like the quote. Sometimes it seems that the harder I try the worse things get. I know I'm being tested, but I'm tired and I wouldn't mind being less loved if it also meant that I would have more blessings like the people around me.

The Tame Lion said...

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.