None of us want to experience a trial. Life is hard enough without adding some trials to make it more difficult. As we experience difficulty and endure it well, we will be able to see beyond this moment in mortality and see what God wants us to learn. Hearts will be softened as the loving effects of Charity flow through it. Trials will help us understand the needs of our fellowman and we will be able to serve the Master better.
Blessings, Gar "Charity is accepting someone's differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped." Marvin J Ashton
Why This Trial?with Janice Kapp Perry's Beyond This Moment
"Why was I born with physical or mental limitations?"
"What did I do to deserve this heartache?"
"Why did my father have to suffer so much following a cruel, disabling stroke? He was such a righteous man and always faithful and true to the Lord and His Church."
"Why did I have to lose my mother twiceâ€”once to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and, secondly, to death? She was such an angel."
"Why did the Lord let our little baby girl die? She was so precious, and we loved her so much."
"Why hasn't the Lord answered our prayers the way we wished?"
"Life isn't fair. We know some people who have done some very bad things, and yet they seem to have everything they want or need."
Dr. Arthur Wentworth Hewitt suggested some reasons why the good suffer as well as the wicked: "First: I don't know. Second: We may not be as innocent as we think. Third: . . . I believe it is because He loves us so much more than He loves our happiness. How so? Well, if on a basis of strict personal return here and now, all the good were always happy and all the bad suffered disaster (instead of often quite the reverse), this would be the most subtle damnation of character imaginable."1
President Kimball gave this insightful explanation:
"If pain and sorrow and total punishment immediately followed the doing of evil, no soul would repeat a misdeed. If joy and peace and rewards were instantaneously given the doer of good, there could be no evilâ€”all would do good and not because of the rightness of doing good. There would be no test of strength, no development of character, no growth of powers, no free agency. . . . There would also be an absence of joy, success, resurrection, eternal life, and godhood."2 â€”Original Message given by Elder James E Faust, General Conference,2004
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