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He Was Born So I Can Overcome Trials. By Chelsea Johnson

By Chelsea Johnson
The baby Jesus

I’m only 26 but I’ve seen a lot of different trials in my life—not just my own, but trials of those around me. Usually we don’t ask for the trials we face—they come whether we want them to or not. And in my personal experience, they come when we aren’t prepared, when we aren’t expecting them, and when we are already busy with other trials.

But we came to this earth knowing that we would be tested, tried, and challenged. We came to this earth knowing that we would make mistakes and that it would be impossible to return to heaven again on our own.

So why did we do it? If we aren’t perfect and we are just going to keep making mistakes and going through trials, over and over again, why do we keep trying?

Because over 2,000 years ago, in a little town called Bethlehem, a Savior was born.

Jesus Christ was born to literally save us. He was born to save us from pain, from sadness, from fear, from sin, from hate, from loss, and from death.

When we make mistakes, we can change and try again because a Savior was born.

When we feel alone, depressed, or lost, we can feel hope and know that someone else knows what we are feeling because a Savior was born.

When someone we love dies, we can be at peace and have faith that we will see them again because a Savior was born. Two years ago my father-in-law passed away. It was completely unexpected, and he left behind a fiancée, three sons, and a grandson. I still remember the confusion, the pain, the sadness, and the ache I felt knowing that my son wouldn’t remember his grandpa. I still feel it today.

Chelsea Johnson's father-in-law

But because a Savior was born, I know that I will see him again. I know that my children will know their grandpa one day. Jesus Christ truly did “ take upon him [our] infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor [us] according to [our] infirmities” (Alma 7:12). He always knows exactly what we are feeling and how to help us because He has felt it too.

He is our Savior. And He was born to heal, to teach, to be an example, to love, to suffer, to die, and to be resurrected. He was born to make all wrongs right, to heal all hearts, and to teach us the way to live so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Because a Savior was born, death is not the end.

He was the only one who could save us, the only one who could live a perfect life.

December 25 is about so much more than Santa, presents, trees, and reindeer. It’s about hope, peace, comfort, healing, joy, love, and forgiveness. It’s about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

And because He was born, we can overcome all the trials we face. We can overcome abuse and the loss of a baby, spouse, or sibling. We can overcome addiction and physical or mental illness. We can overcome losing the trust of a loved one or the pain of someone else’s poor choices. We can overcome any trial that we may face, and we don’t have to do it alone. We can return to heaven again because a Savior was born. We can have hope because a Savior was born.

Chelsea Johnson blogs at LifewithMyLittles.com.