This year has been especially challenging for me. It began with what I might list as one of the top five trials of mortality in the next life. After a few weeks of January had passed, I experienced love and loss in an indescribable way. Something happened that was comparable to having my best friend pass away. It was heart-wrenching and devastating. The pain was debilitating for weeks. I had never known that kind of grief before and a day hasn't passed since where I haven’t thought about it. I still do not understand the outcome. But that kind of challenge is often what we are all dealt. We experience setbacks, disappointment, grief, fear, pain, regret, and weakness in this life. There isn't one among us who is stranger to affliction.
But despite the opposing forces, whatever they may be, the means to overcome is the same. During this trying year, I have found again and again the relief that comes from Jesus Christ. What is asked of us in this life can seem like too much, but I know that He is there to help us and to heal us. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we have access to His grace. It is His enabling and strengthening power and it is always available and accessible. The beautiful thing about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that where much is required, much is given. I know the scripture says where much is given, much is required, but it works both ways. (D&C 82:3)
If we are commanded to do something, he shall prepare the way.
What is going on in your life? What do you need help with? What questions do you want to have answered? Who do you need to love more? Who do you need to forgive? What do you need to accomplish? What do you need to change? What weakness do you want to overcome? What do you need to repent of? Where do you need an increase of faith?
He will help you.
Let us not limit ourselves or our abilities. There is no limit to His wisdom, omnipotence, or love, and we have access to that! We can do anything with the help of our Savior Jesus Christ. And we have the ability and the potential to choose to have faith and trust in Him, despite all of the opposition that we face. And the blessings that await us and that are poured out upon us are not only innumerable, but probably often unnoticed. I've realized that I may not even be aware of all the details of my life that the Lord is involved in!
I’m an avid journal writer when I want to be and I wrote often during my setback that started out this year for me. The few times I've read what I wrote about that experience my faith in, and love for Jesus Christ, have increased. I’m also amazed as I go back and read that I was so positive despite the pain I was enduring. I am grateful that I suffered, because it has made me more grateful for the gospel and the love of God. He gave me strength.
So, be patient, carry on, don’t give up, everything will be okay. The Atonement is for you. It is for the individual. It is also infinite, and sufficient, in all of its purposes. And you can do anything through Christ.
“Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”
Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
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