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Handling Trials in the Strength of the Lord

By Mormon.org
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We All Have Trials

If you’re alive, you’ve had trials in your life. They are a necessary part of mortality, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. Really, it’s how we handle them that makes all the difference.

Watch as Elder Quentin L. Cook shares a message about facing trials.

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When trials come—whether as a consequence of choices or just because sometimes hard things happen—how do we react? When we can turn our responses from “Why me?” and “Life isn’t fair!” to “Why not me?” and “Since life isn’t fair, how can I succeed?” we are on our way to dealing with trials effectively, especially when we face them in the strength of the Lord.

In the Strength of the Lord

What does it mean to handle trials “in the strength of the Lord”? The Book of Mormon, a companion book of scripture to the Bible, teaches this principle again and again. When individuals or groups of people face trials “[boasting] in their own strength, they [are] left in their own strength; therefore they [do] not prosper, but [are] afflicted and smitten” (Helaman 4:13). However, when in humility and patience they turn to Jesus Christ for assistance, they are sustained. For example, when a group of people called the Nephites faced an impending attack from their enemies, they “did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, … they were prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them” (3 Nephi 4:10).

We too can face our trials “in the strength of the Lord” by turning to Jesus Christ for support and comfort in times of need. Prayer, scripture study, and obedience to His commandments all lead us to Jesus Christ. Through His infinite Atonement, He descended below us all so He could comprehend our personal suffering and support us through our struggles with love. When we rely on Him, He promises, “Know thou, my son [or daughter], that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (D&C 122:7). He may not remove or solve our trials, but He will always help us through them.

Trials are inevitable because they are designed and allowed for our growth. But when we turn in faith to the Savior Jesus Christ, we can draw on His strength to endure them well.

Would you like to learn more about handling trials in the strength of the Lord? We invite you to meet with the missionaries today to hear their message of hope through Jesus Christ.