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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Trials Make Our Faith Grow Stronger

As many of you know, my sweet wife and I have been out of work ever since she had to quit her job because her health failed in December 2012. I have been looking pretty consistently since that time with no success. Anyone in our situation would be downhearted. And yet, I am not. I am a firm believer in the words from the hymn "Welcome,Welcome, Sabbath Morning" that "Trials make our faith grow stronger." Whenever trials come in our lives, we have two basic choices. We can either choose to embrace them and deal with them as they come, or we can fight against them and make ourselves miserable in the process. I've tried fighting against my problems and being miserable, and it hasn't done me any good. I much prefer to choose happiness in whatever circumstances the Lord places me in. A scriptural passage that has brought me great comfort in my current circumstances is 1 Nephi 21:14-16, where Nephi is quoting Isaiah.

He says: "But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.

 "For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.

"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me."

I love that imagery, the idea that He truly has graven us upon the palms of His hands. A hymn associated with this scripture has also brought great comfort to me. It's Hymn #43. While all the verses are touching, the second and third verses particularly speak to me in our current circumstances:

Ev'ry human tie may perish,
Friend to friend unfaithful prove,
Mothers cease their own to cherish,
Heav'n and earth at last remove.
But no changes, But no changes
Can attend Jehovah's love.
 
In the furnace God may prove thee,
Thence to bring thee forth more bright,
But can never cease to love thee;
Thou art precious in his sight.
God is with thee, God is with thee;
Thou shalt triumph in his might.
 
It is my testimony that the words of this scripture and hymn are true and my hope and prayer that they might be as helpful to my readers as they have been to me, and I share this post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.