Sunday, May 16, 2010

All Things Work Together for Good

No General Conference would be complete without at least one solid “trials” talk. In the most recent General Conference, Elder James B. Martino of the Seventy gave a talk entitled, “All Things Work Together for Good.” In his talk, Elder Martino said, “Each of us will face trials and tests, . . . it is how we react to those difficulties that will determine our success and happiness. Each of us will face adversity no matter where we are. We are taught in the scriptures that there ‘must be . . . an opposition in all things.’ (2 Nephi 2:11) We will each face times of difficulty, and the question is not when we will face them but how we face them.”

Each of us knows this to be true. We each have our own trials, some experienced by many and some experienced by us individually. Many are suffering because of a downturn in their financial situations. Many are suffering because of natural disasters. Many deal with perpetual physical limitations. Everyone has lost someone dear. And we each have our own irritating smaller daily trials that sometimes add together to become more than we think we can handle.

Just as Elder Martino said, the question isn’t when will trials come, but how will we react and choose to deal with our trials. Said Elder Martino, “Our Heavenly Father, who loves us completely and perfectly, permits us to have experiences that will allow us to develop the traits and attributes we need to become more and more Christlike.” Keep in mind that Our Father in Heaven is mindful of you and knows your needs and situation. Each trial serves as a learning environment in which we need to exercise faith in God and rely more on Him and His grace. As we pray more sincerely and strive to learn from our trials, we will grow in understanding and love for our Heavenly Father.

Of course, keeping an eternal perspective during trials is hard. Elder Martino taught, “I realize that it is much easier to look back when a trial is over and see what we have learned from our experience, but the challenge is to gain that eternal perspective while we are going through our tests.” In his talk, Elder Martino gives five things that we can learn from the “last hours of the Savior’s life on earth that can help us to face our own trials” and learn and grown rather than suffer and become bitter.

Read this article, the principles contained therein are principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and will help everyone with any trial. Since trials are one thing that we all have in common, the words of the Lord through His servant Elder Martino apply to all.

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.