Trials

September 20, 2022 01:31 PM MDT
“There is hope in purposeful action. It provides us a measure of control, meaning, and determination that is very different from the feelings that come from passively waiting.”
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September 19, 2022 09:25 AM MDT
“I concluded that I was doing it all wrong. I had this challenging trial, dramatic enough to describe in firesides and stake conference, but my response was far from inspiring. Who would be inspired by this puddle of tears?”
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Fun
August 12, 2022 04:25 PM MDT
Seen any squirrels splayed out on the ground lately? Our bushy-tailed friends might be offering a simple lesson.
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July 05, 2022 09:16 AM MDT
We did everything right, but God didn’t spare my husband. Now, when I hear of others’ miracles, I’m learning to respond with faith.
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January 13, 2022 12:30 PM MST
In January 2021, 7'6" Latter-day Saint and 1993 No. 2 NBA draft pick Shawn Bradley became a quadriplegic. Here’s how he and his family have been managing their new life.
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December 29, 2021 12:42 PM MST
The book of Job is the perfect place to go for a case study of someone who was visited with problems that just plain didn’t make sense.
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December 21, 2021 09:30 AM MST
Sometimes life doesn't make sense—especially if we expect God to simply “deliver the goods” once we’ve made some required spiritual deposit. These five scriptures can help make sense of things while we wait for our “eventually.”
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September 20, 2021 07:00 AM MDT
Of all the places 12-year-old Karin slept when the sun slipped beneath the horizon at night, the Oakland California Temple grounds were her favorite.
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By  Emily Abel
September 08, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Everyone had a distinct, life-altering experience that day, offering us something to remember when we hear the admonishing phrase to “never forget” September 11.
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April 27, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
Joseph Smith was born to poor tenant farmers in Vermont. At age 38, he was shot by a mob, in a jail, in a small town in Illinois. In between, he faced so much adversity that his story is almost the stuff of myth. Around age 7, Joseph endured a painful leg surgery that required him to use crutches for several years. At 14, he was rejected and ridiculed when he reported on his First Vision to a minister. When Joseph was 17, his older brother Alvin died—one of four brothers who predeceased him. At 20, Joseph was criminally prosecuted for using a seer stone—the first of many times the law was used to harass him. When he was 22, his and Emma’s firstborn child died—the first of six children that they buried. At 25, he undertook the first of three migrations that forced him to start again with little. At 26, he was attacked and beaten. At 32, he was sentenced to death. Though he survived that peril, he languished in jail while his family and thousands of followers were driven out of their homes and exiled. At 36, he declared bankruptcy because he had taken on so much personal debt to build up the Church. In his final two years he rebuffed waves of legal and personal attacks, some from former friends, and started looking for places outside of the United States for his people to settle.1. Notwithstanding all this and more, he never turned against God, never denied his testimony that God and Christ had spoken to him, and never stopped preaching the gospel, building temples, and guiding the Saints.
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March 25, 2021 05:28 PM MDT
The birth of Cameron and Rebecca King’s second daughter isn’t the birth story that most young parents imagine, but it is a story of how the hand of the Lord is always visible, even during hard times.
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December 03, 2020 09:20 PM MST
President Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, recently penned a piece for the Ensignwhere she recalled childhood memories of getting caught in rain storms.
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September 24, 2020 04:00 PM MDT
A new video released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares a powerful reminder from President Russell M. Nelson about enduring life’s trials.
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August 31, 2020 08:35 PM MDT
Editor’s note: In the following story, one Latter-day Saint woman (name withheld) shares how she relied on her faith and sought guidance from the Spirit in the wake of her husband having an affair. This account, as told by Brooke Romney, is written in first person to more accurately portray the interviewee’s personal experience, however, the content reflects the emotional, psychological, and spiritual impact of an affair and may not be appropriate for all audiences. The views, information, or opinions expressed in this column are solely those of one woman's experience. Readers should consider each unique situation. This content is not meant to be a substitute for individual, professional advice.
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June 25, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
When I was about 13 years of age, a new family moved into our ward. They had a 12-year-old son. He and I had some things in common. He was the oldest in his family; I was the oldest in my family. He had an alpha male personality; I had an alpha male personality. But perhaps the thing we had most in common was a very strong dislike for one another. I don’t know why—we didn’t even know each other well enough to be enemies. Yet it was true that we did not get along at all.
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January 22, 2020 10:58 PM MST
This article is written by Dr. David T. Morgan, who writes for LDS Living under the title of “Latter-day Saint Psychologist.” He has a special connection with the person featured in this post.
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December 06, 2019 02:26 PM MST
Christopher Clark, a husband, father, and theater director, was recently honored by the BYU football team as one of their True Blue Heroes.
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By  Emily Abel
November 28, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of 1–3 John and Jude. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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November 22, 2019 10:00 PM MST
I recently experienced a couple of events that taught me about why some trials persist even though we are working hard to defeat them. Before I tell you about that, I need to provide some background. First, you should know we currently have two children at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg. Second, you should know that we live in Vancouver, Washington, which is about 700 miles from there. Third, I should tell you that I enjoy indoor cycling, which is a specific type of stationary bike—some know it as spinning. Please bear with me while I explain how these things are related.
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November 16, 2019 12:12 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga.
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October 14, 2019 08:00 AM MDT
Over a month ago, Latter-day Saint Kaden Laga went missing in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and Montana. Five days later, he safely returned home to his family, including his wife and soon-to-be son. Though Kaden is grateful for his return, he shared that being found alive wasn’t the biggest miracle from this experience.
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August 30, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
It’s no secret the Sosa siblings, Ezra and Stephanie, have wowed an audience with their high-energy dancing on the most recent season of So You Think You Can Dance. But like any family, their path to success didn’t always consist of the brightest days. In fact it was unexpected trials that led them to where they are now.
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August 27, 2019 09:39 AM MDT
I have a very distinct memory of sitting in a car in the parking lot of the Provo Missionary Training Center. Less than 24 hours before, we had been notified that our son would be coming home early from his mission. We were there to pick him up. If someone had walked by our car that morning, they would have seen a man and a woman, clearly grief-stricken, with their heads bowed in prayer. They would not have been able to hear the soft but sincere pleadings from my lips, imploring Father in Heaven to allow our son to stay and fulfill his mission. My prayer was not answered in the way I had hoped, as about one hour later there were three of us in the car, heading back to our home in Washington.
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July 22, 2019 09:03 AM MDT
Author's note: This article was originally published by the Deseret News in January 2015. It has been updated and republished here with permission.
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July 13, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Many years ago, my wife and I were students, had a small family, and had little disposable income. We had one car that had a cracked windshield. The crack wasn’t substantial, but being somewhat of a perfectionist, it bothered me. The only long-term solution was to replace the windshield, which was not in the budget. I lived with the cracked windshield for a couple of years until finally we had saved enough money to replace it. The new windshield was perfect, and I was almost deliriously happy to be rid of that unsightly crack. About a week later I was driving on the freeway. As I passed a large truck, it kicked up a rock that landed squarely on my windshield. It left a large crack.
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June 29, 2019 02:54 PM MDT
More than 2,000 miles from his destination, a seasick Alan Alderman steered a 28-foot-long boat crammed with five men. While Alderman had initially compared his epic journey across an ocean to those of scriptural giants like Nephi, Noah, and the Jaredites, at that moment Alderman felt more like Laman or Lemuel.
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May 31, 2019 07:54 PM MDT
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April 30, 2019 03:43 PM MDT
How would you feel if your community and family shunned you for your faith? What if you lost everything for being baptized? This was 14-year-old Orpha Troyer’s reality when she and her family left their Amish faith to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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April 29, 2019 12:42 PM MDT
Kendal Levine knows exactly what she's going to say to the man who nearly killed her almost five years ago.
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April 02, 2019 12:18 PM MDT
This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about pain and suffering. I’ve written about this topic before but this week, it kept coming up in the things I was reading and studying—so here we are again.
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March 23, 2019 03:08 PM MDT
When it comes to heavenly communication, does it ever feel like the Lord has everyone else on speed dial—and you’re just sitting there hoping for any little bit of communication, even a generic “new phone, who dis” text?
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March 20, 2019 07:33 PM MDT
While I was growing up, my mother frequently reminded me and my siblings not to toss garbage into the wastebasket but to walk over and carefully drop it into the can.
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February 10, 2019 01:48 PM MST
Forty hours before leaving to comfort Latter-day Saints who lost the neighborhoods, woods, homes, and church houses that built many of their family memories in Paradise, California, President Russell M. Nelson lost his daughter, Wendy Nelson Maxfield, to cancer.
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February 02, 2019 03:01 PM MST
As part of an essay we wrote several years ago exploring what the four Gospels have to say about Jesus and suffering, we could easily have begun with any number of historical or scriptural references—from Liberty Jail and the Prophet Joseph in the winter of 1838-39 to Job, whose friends blamed his afflictions on his supposed sins, to the multiple souls described in the Gospels who were plagued by disease, misfortune, natural disasters, or simply the consequences of bad or even impetuous decisions.
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January 31, 2019 04:55 PM MST
The concept of grace can be hard to understand. Just the word itself can have many different meanings—it can be a title, it can mean a prayer, it can denote style, refinement, or civility. It can mean different things in different religions.
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January 10, 2019 07:44 PM MST
Taysom Hill knows a thing or two about adversity.
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January 08, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Heather Pinegar and her family were camping in Arizona for a family reunion when their lives changed forever. They were preparing for their long drive back to Texas when Mick, Heather’s 15-year-old son and an avid dirt biker, asked if he could go on one last ride before they headed home. He loved going on rides after rainstorms, and after receiving consent from his parents, he went on his way.
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January 07, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Missionaries can deal with a slew of issues, and as a parent, sibling, or friend reading and writing letters from afar, you may feel helpless. But you’re not. Check out some ways you can help them with some of these most common struggles, and some prophetic counsel that may help as well.
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January 03, 2019 05:37 PM MST
A convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was delighted to find the Savior more in the scriptures, another woman found ways to share the gospel more with those she surfed with, and the challenge to women to read the Book of Mormon starting at the October general conference and the end of the year also helped another find peace as a parent's health declined.
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By  LDS Living
January 02, 2019 03:47 PM MST
During the general women's session of the October 2018 general conference, President Nelson extended four invitations to the women of the Church.
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By  Emily Abel
November 07, 2018 10:00 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of Hebrews 7-13. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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October 31, 2018 02:45 PM MDT
Tim Ryan stepped out into a dark, snow-strewn night in February 2017, an exciting and crazy idea forming in his mind. He was going to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
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October 08, 2018 07:15 PM MDT
This conference has been inspiring and uplifting in so many ways. From the announcement about the new home-study programto the announcement of 12 new temples, this weekend has been incredibly spiritual.
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September 29, 2018 11:00 AM MDT
Growing up, I was never what you would call petite. I was usually taller than everyone, including the boys, and my early puberty helped to fill me out during the “awkward years.”
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September 22, 2018 01:05 PM MDT
As we begin gearing up for general conference, we will be highlighting past conference talks to help us review, remember, and grow closer to the Spirit so that we can better recognize the Lord's voice and direction this coming October. The following is a small portion of a talk given by Sister Carole M. Stephens in October 2016. (Read the full talk here.)
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September 07, 2018 03:23 PM MDT
Conference Talk
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September 04, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
When my friend's daughter burned her hands on a gas fireplace, her story of physical healing turned out to be a powerful parable about my own spiritual healing.
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September 01, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
In this world, each day is a day of decision. President Thomas S. Monson has taught us that “decisions determine destiny.” The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression. Each day brings opportunity for decisions that will affect our eternity.
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August 14, 2018 01:56 PM MDT
Because the battle for our souls is real, we must anticipate how the adversary will test us. None of us is immune to his clever, perfectly tailored temptations. The hero of Homer’s Iliad, Achilles, had a mother, Thetis, who dipped Achilles in the waters of the River Styx so that he became invulnerable. Thetis was successful, as the story goes, except for that part of her son’s heel by which she had held him. That was his Achilles’ heel. There he was unprotected.
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August 03, 2018 03:27 PM MDT
Have you ever noticed that when people talk about their trials in a public setting, they tend to focus on what happened at the end? They talk about the miracle, the promise, the way it all worked out. It isn’t often that people talk about what happened in the middle of the trial.
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