The following is written by Heather Roberts Butler and is excerpted from Third Hour. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
In his General Conference talk in October 2020, “Tested, Proved, and Polished,” President Henry B. Eyring made an interesting statement:
My hope is to give encouragement when life seems especially difficult and uncertain. For some of you, that time is now. If not, such a time will come. That is not a gloomy view. It is realistic—yet optimistic—because of God’s purpose in the creation of this world. That purpose was to give His children the opportunity to prove themselves able and willing to choose the right when it is hard. In so doing, their natures would be changed and they could become more like Him. He knew that would require unshakable faith in Him.
In this simple statement, President Eyring makes the most subtle correlation: when we begin to understand the purpose of the world’s creation we can develop resilient and unshakable faith for times especially when life seems difficult and uncertain. Later, he asserts that this knowledge will ultimately change our natures.
What a fascinating statement! How can this be? What does this mean? Is there scriptural evidence for this? And if so, where is it?
As my mind raced through these questions, scriptural phrases began to come into my thoughts one after the other as my search for references followed each other in a steady stream of ideas. As soon as I could grasp one concept, another scriptural phrase flooded into my thoughts, adding to my understanding. The more I read, the more I remembered. The more I wrote, the more I understood.
I share this with you because I believe that this understanding—the knowledge of why God created the earth—is a fundamental and vital principle. If it were learned, believed, and lived, if its meaning could sink deep down into the hearts of all who received it, I am convinced that not a single soul would abandon their faith … come what may. It is the answer to the most basic questions asked by humanity: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going after this?
The search begins with a single question:
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