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yourLDSneighborhood News for Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
The Thinning of the Veil
by Heather Moore
Elder Robert Hales made it clear that none of us are alone in our trials. Even the Savior had an angel to strengthen Him, and so do we. Our angels might come in the form of a family member, a friend, a nurse or a doctor, or even heavenly beings as the veil becomes thinner. It’s important to understand that while the Lord may not take away our trials during our earthly life, we can lean on Him for comfort and peace. We become purified and ready to gain exaltation.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the Lord’s hand in our trials. How can we come to peace in ourselves–or as we see the suffering of others–with the concept, as Elder Hales says, that “constant, intense pain is a great consecrating purifier that humbles us and draws us closer to God’s Spirit”? Leave a comment.
Do you wonder what the purpose of your trials is? Even when we don’t understand the “whys” of our suffering, the scriptures tell us that “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.” Your trial may be the very thing that enables
I have really been experiencing a refiner’s fire lately, and as I have been turning to the Lord for strength, and practicing charity, I have been learning that these trials are the Lord’s way of perfecting me and purifying me. For what? Maybe nothing other than to live with Him again someday. But as I look to the Lord for strength in my trials, and as I learn to forgive and love, I am feeling myself grow and develop in ways I didn’t even know I need to grow.
Read more at My Soul Delighteth.
How do you keep an eternal perspective during your most difficult times? Leave a comment.
Jesus Christ’s atonement did more than pay for our sins. He also suffered for our weaknesses, our sickness, our despair, and our heartbreaks. His invitation to the Nephites echoes down to us still: “Have ye any that are…afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”
Jesus Christ is the God of broken people, the God of the hopeless, the God of the violated innocent, the God of ruined lives, the God of those who weep without ceasing. He is also and always will be the God of fresh starts, the God of new lives, the God of inner peace. His greatest ministry is where there is the greatest pain. There is no place so dark that He will not enter and bring a gentle and warming light.
Read David P. Vandagriff’s inspiring essay at The Atonement Blog.
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yourLDSneighborhood News for Wednesday, 14 December, 2011
Finding Bits of Joy in Between Broken Glass
by Lisa Asanuma
I’m a firm believer in an “attitude of gratitude” and that happiness is a choice. Sometimes, though, life just seems bent on frustrating you and all of the things that you want. Sometimes you have to work just a little harder to find those bits of joy. Right now seems to be one of those times in my life.
How do you find joy even when your life is chaotic and uncertain? Tell us about it.
Jeremy Lindström notes:
The constancy of the Lord is ‘something on which we can hold fast and be safe, lest we be swept away into uncharted waters.’ When we live in the world and not of the world, we stay clean and worthy of the influence of the Holy Spirit that we may receive strength from the Lord. …By striving to have the gospel of Jesus Christ at our core and the love of the Savior in our hearts, we can effectively deal with all the challenges we face.
Read more at What I Believe–A Mormon Perspective.
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