The purpose of life is to gain a physical body and be tested in all things so that we can qualify to return to God.
No matter what you call it; opposition, adversity, trials, problems or just plain life—none of us are immune from its sting. No individual or group will escape pain, suffering or sorrow. And, while it is true that there are consequences attached to our decisions, our earthly circumstances are not a reflection of how much God loves us. It is simply, part of the test.
It is important to note that without opposition nothing has meaning. How can we know joy without pain, happiness without sorrow, or prosperity without poverty?
As we are able to shift our perspective from “Why is this happening to me?” to “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” we gain the faith and the strength to overcome each trial, one prayer and one day at a time.
The Prophet Joseph Smith gave us this characterization of himself:
“I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else, striking with accelerated force…Thus I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty.”
Adversity is a master teacher. However, it is up to us to decide how long it will take to learn, and what price it will cost us before we succumb to each lesson.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has shown us the way by setting a perfect example and atoning for our sins. He overcame sin and death, and has paved the path back to our Heavenly Father.
This knowledge has brought peace to me as I toil with all of God’s children through this life. I am so happy to know that with Christ as the pattern, and God’s plan, that all things will work for my good.
How glorious it is to know that we can all reach our potential through overcoming adversity and placing our faith in Jesus Christ.
-Posted by Nathan McConkie- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints