Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Exercise Patience......

The ultimate purpose of our suffering adversity in this telestial sphere is to give us “EXPERIENCE”THAT WILL BENEFIT US IN WAYS WE CANNOT FORESEE. There is a divine law at work here: without going through certain experiences that are tailored for our own good, we cannot be “exalted on high.” D&C 121:7-8 “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.” We will recognize some of these experiences in our own lives. For the faithful, trials come in the form of a calling from the Lord, as the scripture clearly says we are “called to pass through tribulations.” Through no fault of our own, we might see many of our hopes frustrated as “the elements combine to hedge up the way.” We might be “cast into the pit” of depression or illness or addiction. Still, tribulations are calculated to help us toward our ultimate exaltation in the intricate plan of the Lord for each of his children. Our task is to “endure it well,” meaning to EXERCISE PATIENCE AND FAITH IN THE SAVIOR. The Apostle Paul understood that when we face adversity and patience, the resulting “experience” is the basis of our hope for eternal progression in the kingdom of God: “We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.”
Breck England

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