Our Heavenly Father doesn’t put trials in our lives because He hates us or to punish us. He does it because He loves us. Now, that might seem like a weird way to say I love you, but He just wants us to be able to learn and grow.
We came to this Earth to gain a body and to learn through our experience so that we could return to live with Him again someday. Well, we all obviously have a physical body! So what it really comes down to now is that whole learning thing. One important way that we learn here on Earth is by going through trials, and well, sometimes that makes learning not so fun.
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma taught that because of His Atonement, Christ knows the trials and challenges we face, and is in a perfect position to help us. Speaking of the Savior, Alma said, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” (Alma 7:11-12)
Speaking of the help we can receive from the Savior in our trials, Elder David A. Bednar taught, “There is no physical pain, no anguish of soul, no suffering of spirit, no infirmity or weakness that you or I ever experience during our mortal journey that the Savior did not experience first. You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, “No one understands. No one knows.” No human being, perhaps, knows. But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burdens before we ever did. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life. He can reach out, touch, and succor—literally run to us—and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying only upon our own power.”
Trials that we face can be very difficult things to handle or understand, or sometimes they might be very small things. During these times it is very important to remember that you have a Father in Heaven that you can talk to and that you have a brother in Christ who knows what you are going through. Use that to your advantage, don’t let the Atonement go to waste. Always search for the good in any situation! Always trust in the Lord and know that He has his timing and purpose in everything!
I think one of the best ways to push through a particularly hard time in your life is to always be giving service! If you’re constantly “in the service of your fellow beings”, then I would think that it would hard to be upset or angry. Instead, serving others helps you to be constantly thinking of Heavenly Father, and because of that, you would definitely be learning something!
One thing that I like to do is not look at trials as a hard or horrible thing, but look at it as an opportunity. It is an opportunity to grow, strengthen my testimony and relationship with Heavenly Father, and become even closer to being worthy enough to return to Him.
I am grateful for the trials that I have faced in my life so far and for what I have learned from them. I know that I have not even come close to facing the worst of them yet, but I know that they will only make me stronger, and I am grateful for my Savior and that He knows exactly how I feel. It is such a comfort to know that, and I hope that I can continue to turn my trials into opportunities. And I hope you can too.