Sunday, April 17, 2011


Elder Ronald A Rasband, Special Lessons, April 2012 General Conference
Some might ask when faced with such suffering, how could Almighty God let this happen? And then that seemingly inevitable question, why did this happen to me? Why must we experience disease and events that disable or call precious family members home early or extend their years in pain? Why the heartaches?

“At these moments we can turn to the great plan of happiness authored by our Heavenly Father. That plan, when presented in the pre-earth life, prompted us all to shout for joy.2 Put simply, this life is training for eternal exaltation, and that process means tests and trials. It has always been so, and no one is spared.”

Elder James B. Martino, All Things Work Together for Good, General Conference, April 2010
"Second, when we are faced with trials, we must learn to not complain or murmur. Nephi, after a great vision of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice, told us: 'Wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men.'4 We must always attempt to correct the problem and overcome the trial, but instead of asking 'Why me?' or “What did I do to deserve this?” maybe the question should be 'What am I to do? What can I learn from this experience? What am I to change?'"

Robert D. Hales, “Healing Soul and Body,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 14
“Pain brings you to a humility that allows you to ponder. It is an experience I am grateful to have endured. …”

Kent F. Richards, The Atonement Covers All Pain, General Conference April 2011
"Opposition is part of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness. We all encounter enough to bring us to an awareness of our Father’s love and of our need for the Savior’s help."
As I pondered, I came to understand that during His mortal life Christ chose to experience pains and afflictions in order to understand us.

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