When facing trials, the gospel path can help us focus on the Savior
Do you feel overwhelmed with school, work, or family responsibilities? Is there a challenge you’re going through that seems impossible to overcome? You’re not alone. Trials are a part of God’s plan that help His children become who He needs them to be.
Trials Are a Part of God’s Plan
God knew Adam and Eve and their posterity would struggle as a result of living in this world. But, Adam and Eve also made their decision knowing it would be for their good. No matter what trials we face, they can be for our benefit if we choose to let them.
Staying on the PathSince tribulation was and is a part of life, we should do our best to learn how to embrace it and learn from it. When struggles come while trying to obtain higher education and juggling work and family life, we can “know in whom [we] have trusted”
1. Pray and study the scriptures daily
It can be hard to want to communicate with Heavenly Father when things aren’t going right. We might feel unworthy or upset with Him and find it difficult to make our prayers meaningful.However, we can experience light and strength we need in the darkest times as we talk with God and read His word daily. Elder Richard G. Scott said, “Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high.”
"Certainly not everything we struggle with is a result of our actions. Often it is the result of the actions of others or just the mortal events of life. But anything we can change we should change, and we must forgive the rest. In this way our access to the Savior’s Atonement becomes as unimpeded as we, with our imperfections, can make it. He will take it from there."
2. Remember that not all trials come from sin
A common response when we’re faced with tribulation is to assume it’s because we’re doing something wrong. However, Elder Holland reminds us that most of the time, we’re not the cause of trials in our life.
No matter the cause, Jesus Christ is always willing and waiting to give you the help you need to overcome your trials. In any situation, remember, you are always worthy to receive the Lord’s help.
3. Attend the temple and seek revelation
Find ways to be close to the temple: attend often, walk the temple grounds, keep pictures of the temple in your home, or study about the temple in the scriptures. No matter what challenges we face, the comforting promises found in the temple can sustain us through anything.
When we’re suffering, we often become overly self-aware. However, thinking too much about problems will only magnify them. While struggling during his mission, President Gordon B. Hinckley’s father wrote six words to him in a letter that changed his life: “Forget yourself and go to work.”
4. Serve others
Seeing the needs of others and caring for those who are struggling can help you gain perspective about your own trials. Selfless service will open your heart and ease your mind.
Relying on the Savior
We all face tribulations in life, but we don’t have to go through them alone. Our loving Savior is constantly by our side, waiting with outstretched arms to help us. Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”