Hey everyone. The past couple weeks have inspired me to talk on trials. We all face times of disappointment and sadness in our lives. Im not alone, Im sure, when I say that death in the family, heartbreak, rejection and lonelines are things that have summed up an entire year of my life. There have been times when life seems so low, youre not sure how it will ever get better. These feelings of hurt and dissatisfaction are ones that I would never wish upon anyone.
Joseph B. Worthlin said, "The way we react to adverstiy can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life." In his last general conferance talk, he recalls an experience he had with his mother-
"When I was young I loved playing sports, and I have many fond memories of those days. But not all of them are pleasant. I remember one day after my football team lost a tough game, I came home feeling discouraged. My mother was there. She listened to my sad story. She taught her children to trust in themselves and each other, not blame other for their misfortunes, and give their best effort in everything they attempted. When we fell down, she expected us to pick ourselves up and get going again. So the advice my mother gave to me then wasn't altogether unexpected. It has stayed with me all my life. "Joseph," she said, "come what may and love it."This talk has inspired me in many different circumstances. I encourage all of you to read it.
The time will come when we are all faced with serious trials. But it doesnt matter how hard we stumble, this does not define our character, it is how well we rise after falling. In D&C 24:8 it reads, "Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days." We are not alone in our adversities. I hope all of us will trust the Lord to assist us in times of need. And whatever you do, don't ever give up. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Best wishes to all of you.
These are the words of,
Your Traveling Gypsy:)