Trials

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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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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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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January 03, 2020 10:00 PM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in July 2017.
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December 30, 2019 10:00 PM MST
Our son returned home early from his mission due to anxiety and depression symptoms. His early return was the culmination of weeks of discussions with his mission president and medical professionals who determined that the best thing would be for our son to come home.
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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
In December 2018, Alan Alderman could see nothing ahead except expansive, endless water. More than 2,000 miles from his destination, a seasick 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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July 21, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
Even in the midst of suffering we can turn to the Savior and let Him heal us spiritually and emotionally. Here are two powerful examples:
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July 20, 2018 06:17 PM MDT
This month's edition of weekly FHE lessons is based on the new family movie Trek, which follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Each lesson includes a scene from movie to watch and discuss. Your whole family will laugh along and be inspired by Trek: The Movie, available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.
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July 06, 2018 09:40 PM MDT
This month's edition of weekly FHE lessons is based on the new family movie Trek, which follows a young Mormon teenager named Tom and his friends on their handcart journey. Each lesson includes a scene from the movie to watch and discuss. Your whole family will laugh along and be inspired by Trek: The Movie, available at Deseret Book stores and deseretbook.com.
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July 05, 2018 02:33 PM MDT
Maybe you feel your prayers aren’t being answered—or even heard. Perhaps you feel you have strayed beyond the Father’s ability to forgive. Maybe you’re struggling to trust that the Atonement of Jesus Christ really works in your life. Perhaps you are awash in fear, grappling to stay on top of adversity. Maybe you have been betrayed in the deepest way by one who should have treasured you. Or maybe you’re just trying to be patient, waiting for promised blessings and starting to lose faith that they will come.
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July 05, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
We each have our own “favorite sins” that, for some reason, we can’t seem to shake. So when we lose hope and feel like change is impossible, how do we conquer the weaknesses that hold us back?
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By  Scott
June 20, 2018 02:43 PM MDT
As I lie here in quite a lot of pain, confined to this terrible prison of a reclining chair, I wonder at the millions who endure worse. They travel the same mental deserts of pounding pain. Dave did. And there are so many Daves.
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June 11, 2018 04:59 PM MDT
Maybe the hardest part of trials is the uncertainties. Often, we don't know the big picture, like why we were given this trial or when it will end. But even though we may not know everything about our trials at first, there are two things that are always certain.
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May 30, 2018 05:16 PM MDT
While touring the Switzerland Geneva Mission in December 2003, my wife and I had an interesting experience. It is another example of how we learn by faith and how the witness comes after the trial of our faith.
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May 29, 2018 01:47 PM MDT
The Ogden family of Meridian, Idaho, knows what it means to roll forward with faith. From following a prompting to bike over a thousand miles to pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones to share their story, they have raised over $100,000 for wheelchairs around the world in just over a year.
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By  Zack Oates
May 21, 2018 09:16 AM MDT
I had a great single life. I mean, it was awesome.
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May 17, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
When nurses rushed Carol Decker into an emergency C-section, she had no idea that it would be the last time she would see her husband, Scott. She had no inkling that her next conscious memories would come three weeks later, filled with hazy terror as intubation tubes left her temporarily voiceless and doctors amputated her lower legs, her hand, and her finger. She had no way of understanding that one moment would change her life, her family, and her relationship with God forever.
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May 04, 2018 04:00 PM MDT
Christ is the solid foundation on which to build holy places. Without Him and His power, hard times are simply that—hard times. The best we can do is just hope to get through them. We will struggle and flail and long for their end, but we will not be enduring well, conquering the trials, or mastering ourselves. In order to turn our hard times into holy times, we must first rely on Jesus Christ.
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April 24, 2018 09:49 AM MDT
When I was younger, I remember hearing people say, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” I quickly found that was not the case in every circumstance. One of my childhood friends lived a 20-minute bike ride from my home, which seemed like a long time to me. As I watched the birds fly so speedily, I thought: wouldn’t it be quicker if I could make some wings and fly? I tested a hastily prepared set of cardboard wings on the ground. Thankfully, I did this before executing my ultimate plan to use them to jump from the roof. I quickly discovered I could not do anything I set my mind to, with personal flight via homemade wings being a prime example. The slower bike would have to suffice for my transportation needs.
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April 20, 2018 01:43 PM MDT
Sarah Sellers, an LDS nurse anesthetist from Utah, recently took the running world by surprise with a second-place finish at the Boston Marathon, beating out many prominent professional runners. The behind-the-scenes story of Sarah's faith and resilience, however, makes the story of her incredible race even more compelling.
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March 22, 2018 12:32 PM MDT
Disclaimer: The details included in this story and in Mason Wells's book about his injuries and experiences may be graphic to some readers. Read at your own discretion.
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March 09, 2018 02:41 PM MST
Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton spoke at RootsTech last week about the importance of family and about overcoming trials. And he should know. He jokes that he has a hobby of "collecting life-threatening illnesses" and that he's a "short, bald, half-neutered, chemoed, surgically-repaired, retired male figure skater of unknown ethnic origin."
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