Dear Friends and Family:
Tests of faith are marvelous opportunities. They are not easy, but they are opportunities to demonstrate to The Lord that we love him enough to stay faithful even in the face of oppsoition. Tests and trials, endured well, are the catalyst for the transformation from faith to faithfullness (D&C 121:7-8). Faith is a power almost unmatched in the universe. But it is not until it is tried and proven that it becomes capable of all things.
Trials will come our way. This is a fact of life. It is how we meet these trials and challenges that determine the ultimate result. We can choose, in that moment, to complain, to give up, to place blame, to become bitter, to begin judging ourselves and others. Or we can “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20). If we do the latter, if we choose the better part, we provide the Atonement of Jesus Christ room in our souls to transfigure us into True Disciples. Brothers and Sisters, ought not we to do that?
Further, when called upon to walk through the fire of adversity (Isaiah 43:2-3) or the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4), we can have the comfort of knowing that we do not have to face that opposition alone. Many of us have the support of friends, family, church leaders, counselors, advisors, coaches, menors, teachers, etc.
And to those that might feel that they have no place left to turn, look up. You will find that The Savior has been beckoning to you all along. With his divine grace, you can be made sufficient to endure whatever he asks you to. It won’t be easy. But you will be blessed for it beyond your capacity to comprehend. This is the promise of salvation.
It is with this understanding that I offer these thoughts. There are people who read my words here that need to know that God loves them.
You know who you are. The Lord is yearning to pick you up out of the dust. We all fall down from time to time. Falling down doesn’t mean the race is over. It just means that you were never intended to run it alone. You don’t need to run to some predetermined relay point before you can hand off the baton of your trials to The Savior. Rather, just when you feel like all is lost, you’ll look back to find that he has been running with you all along, helping carry the burden right from the starting line. So please, don’t give up now. You were destined for great things, even if those things weren’t what you planned on.
True Disciples never die.