Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Son of Man........

As we are called upon to suffer we need to ask ourselves the question:
“The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?” (D&C 122:8.)
When I think of the Savior’s admonition to do cheerfully all things that lie in our power, I think of the father of the prodigal son. The father was heartbroken by the loss and conduct of his wayward son. Yet we have no mention of his lamenting, “Where did I go wrong?” “What have I done to deserve this?” Or, “Where did I fail?”
Instead he seemed to have endured without bitterness his son’s misconduct and welcomed him back with love. “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” (Luke 15:24.)
When family members disappoint us, we especially need to learn endurance. As long as we exercise love, patience, and understanding, even when no progress is apparent, we are not failing. We must keep trying.

Marvin J. Ashton, “‘If Thou Endure It Well’,” Ensign, Nov 1984, 20
Sometimes we must wait and trust in the Lord to help our loved one back.  Do not fear, but have faith in our Father in Heaven to do the things that we cannot.  Fear comes from Satan.  Believing in our Heavenly Father to do the things He promised is Faith.  Trust God, He will not fail you.

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