Tuesday, October 14, 2008

That was some good GC.

General Conference was as usual, exceptional! However, there was one talk that I heard in my car on Saturday that hit me between the eyes. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin. His talk was on adversity and that if handled correctly, it can be a blessing in our lives. He shared his mother's advice to "Come what may and love it." Adversity and sorrow are the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others. He said that we need to trust in ourselves and each other, not blame others for our misfortunes, and to give our best effort in everything that we attempt.
He listed 4 ways to deal with our adversity:
Learn to laugh
Seek for the eternal
Understand the principle of compensation - " The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in his own way."
Put our trust in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ- if we do our part, Jesus will come to our aid and comfort and uphold us, strengthen us in our weakness, and fortify us in our distress - The simple secret is this:
Put your trust in the Lord, and do your best, and leave the rest to Him.

2 comments:

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love him so much. His talk about the weary from last time is still in my mind. It just speaks to those of us trying to get through the daily issues and enduring to the end! He's so amazing.

Jillene said...

LOVED his talk!! Matter of fact--Hannah's old preschool teacher his his daughter and I really wnated to go to the school and ask her if she was the daughter who tried to date her sisters babysitting dad!! Hahahahahaha!! He was spiritual, funny and his talk HIT me like a TON of bricks!!