Because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites and the Laminites many had become hardened… and many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.
It is inevitable that challenges and obstacles and traumas will come into our lives; they are the stuff of which mortality is made. Hard times come to all of us whether such things will come but when and, more significantly, how we will respond to them. The question so often asked by the weary or the downtrodden, the answer is simple: This is what mortality is all about. More profitable questions that might be asked during times of trial are, What can I learn from this experience? How would the Lord have me respond? What action and attitude would bring me the greatest insight? How can I draw lessons from these difficult times that may one day bless the lives of others? Those who take such an approach find their hearts softened, their trust in the L