Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"More Than Conquerors Through Him That Loved Us" -- Elder Paul V. Johnson

This talk is all about afflictions: why we have them, what to expect, how to conquer them, and the results. For all of those experiencing bad hardships, read this talk. It is really very nice.

I like when he said this:

"At times it may seem that our trials are focused on areas of our lives and parts of our souls with which we seem least able to cope."

Well of course this is true. We have many "experiences" each and every day. But if we are good at that thing, we just complete the task easily and do not consider it a trial. Only if it is an area we struggle in do we call it a trial and get frustrated.

But as he goes on throughout his talk, the point is that these trials make us stretch and grow.

The Apostle Paul said:

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

This is the same Paul that was "beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, imprisoned, and who experienced many other trials." And he calls trials "light"! We all need to follow his lead in appreciating and learning from our trials.

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