Last Sunday I gave my last lesson in Relief Society. It was titled, "Stand Fast Through the Storms of Life". The lesson begins with the story of Joseph Smith being tarred and feathered. What a horrible experience. I asked the sisters if they had ever experienced anything similar to Joseph Smith. They all laughed under their breath and shook their heads, "No!" To that I replied, "Yes you have. They are called the 'storms of life'"
We all experience trials. And even though they are not the same; the heartache, the frustration, the fear, the anger, the sadness, are all felt the same.
I love to read people's blogs. My sister laughs and says they are just a glimpse into our fake perfect lives. Our lives look much more glamorous online. But lately I have followed a few that are not so glamorous:
This poor couple is suffering from severe burns following a plane crash.
This young mother who after some major complications during childbirth was left blind and without 3 out of her 4 limbs.
This mother lost her young son to an unfortunate drowning accident.
That blog led me to another story of a drowning accident involving a young child.
My friend lost her husband unexpectedly last year.
This young mom is suffering from Melanoma; the same cancer that killed my mom. This woman will survive, but not without a valiant fight. And with 2 young children, it can't be easy.
I don't share these stories to be gloomy or pessimistic. Trials are a part of the whole experience we are sent here to endure. Without them we would not be worthy for heaven. I share them to inspire you to Endure It Well.
I loved Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin's talk this last General Conference titled, "Come What May And Love It". In his talk he says, "You may feel singled out when adversity enters your life. You shake your head and wonder, “Why me?” But the dial on the wheel of sorrow eventually points to each of us. At one time or another, everyone must experience sorrow. No one is exempt."
But we are promised that if we endure it well, wonderful blessings await us.
“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
“And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”1
Maybe my sister's comment has some truth to it because as I read these blogs and many more I see people all over the world enduring well that which they have been called to bear. Maybe just online. But they inspire me.