I remembered Dante’s words on the gates of hell, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” which one could not read without hearing anguished screams around him. The entrance to my world of pain was more like “Abandon all respite from pain, all those who enter here.” Your pain is yours and it doesn’t end soon.
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As I write, there are only twenty-five shopping days remaining until Christmas. But I hope that, amidst all of the frenetic activity that precedes the biggest holiday of the year, we’ll all be able to find at least a little bit of time for reflection.
When I served as a young missionary, our mission president’s wife told us, “If you have something good to say about your companion, stand on the rooftop and shout it out! If you have anything bad to say, bite your tongue and don’t say anything.”
Most often when we feel the Spirit, we feel a warm blanket engulfing us with peace, but there are also times when the Spirit suddenly presses down on us to do something astonishing. When obeyed, these promptings can change history and even save lives…
Slightly more than four years ago, I posted two back-to-back blog entries about an experience that made a deep impression on me and that, consequently, has remained with me for many decades, well into my current state of advanced geezerly old age. It was that important to me. Here is the story again.
Understanding the purpose of trials of faith helps us to endure them well, meaning to endure them faithfully and obediently without complaining against God—murmuring. Appreciating the purpose of trials of faith also helps us to endure to the end, that is, to endure well in the covenant to the end of our life and to endure well in the covenant to the end of the trial.