Thursday, March 9, 2017

Heart wrenching trials? "I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death..."

What happens when trials threaten to overcome us?  How can we continue when times get so hard we sometimes feel like giving up?

Elder Wirthlin gave a talk some time ago about the Friday of the Crucifixion giving way to the glorious light of the Sunday of the Resurrection, and how it relates to us and our own trials.  He said;

I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross.

On that terrible Friday the earth shook and grew dark. Frightful storms lashed at the earth....

On that Friday the Savior of mankind was humiliated and bruised, abused and reviled.

It was a Friday filled with devastating, consuming sorrow that gnawed at the souls of those who loved and honored the Son of God.

I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world’s history, that Friday was the darkest.

But the doom of that day did not endure.

The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind.

And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried. The lips that had whispered prayers of distress and grief now filled the air with wondrous praise, for Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, stood before them as the firstfruits of the Resurrection, the proof that death is merely the beginning of a new and wondrous existence.

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.

But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.

No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come." (Sunday will come, October 2006 General Conference)

I add my testimony to Elder Wirthlins that the Savior can lift and comfort us through the spirit as we turn to him, and even during those times it feels like he is far away, he isn't.  

He can relate to all of the pains you could ever feel, because he felt them, too.  You are not alone in your trials and hardships.  He is there.  At a future day, you will be able to embrace him and you will know then that he has lifted you and has strengthened you, and your heart will be full of gratitude at that time as your heart is healed.

That we may ever have Faith in the Savior is my prayer. 

Entire talk by Elder Wirthlin at

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