Every Trial Is Necessary

Every Trial Is Necessary

“President Brigham Young offered the profound insight that at least some of our suffering has a purpose when he said:” ‘All intelligent beings who are crowned with crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal lives must pass through every ordeal appointed for intelligent beings to pass through, to gain their glory and exaltation. Every calamity that can come upon mortal beings will be suffered to come upon the few, to prepare them to enjoy the presence of the Lord. . . . Every trial and experience you have passed through is necessary for your salvation’ (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A Widtsoe [1954], 345). “We have much reason to hope. Joy can be ours if we are willing to sacrifice all for the Lord. Then we can look forward to the infinitely priceless possibility of overcoming all the challenges of this life. Then we will be with the Savior forever and, as President Brigham Young also said, “anticipate enjoying the glory, excellency and exaltation which God has prepared for the faithful’ (“Remarks,” Deseret News, May 31, 1871, 197).”

James E. Faust, “Where Do I Make My Stand?” Ensign, Nov. 2004, 18–21

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