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My tribulations are my glory.
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
God has a plan for me in my trials.
I can rejoice because my trials make me like Christ.
1 Peter 4:12-13
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Others have gone through trials like mine and have succeeded.
My suffring will make me perfect, stable, strong, and settled.
Because of this, I can trust God's dominion over my life circumstances.
1 Peter 5:9-10
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
I must be tried to be prepared for exaltation / glory.
31 My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the glory that I have for them, even the glory of Zion; and he that will not bear chastisement is not worthy of my kingdom.
God refines me through trials.
I have much worth (like gold)
I will succeed.
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Remember to let my trials humble me, not harden me.
Alma 62: 41
41 But behold, because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly great length of the war; and many were softened because of their aafflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.
Be patient in trials; He is with me.
D&C 24: 8
8 Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endurethem, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.
I will rest from sorrow, fear, and bondage through Christ.
Isaiah 14:3 / 2 Nephi 24:3
3 And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall give thee rest, from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.
The Lord has no weariness and gives power to weary people who ask.
If I wait for him, I will never be tired again.
Isaiah 40: 28-31
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I can glory in my trials because I will receive: patience, experience, increased hope, and increased power of the Holy Ghost in my heart.
Romans 5: 3-5
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
God is on my team.
Be patient in trials and God will provide. He is constant. Trials now lead to joy in the future.
God is in charge. Don't need to fear. Everything will make sense later.
When I'm with God forever, I'll have no disappointment, grief, fear, sorrow, or tears.
Hymn #124 - Be Still my Soul
1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.Leave to thy God to order and provide;In ev'ry change he faithful will remain.Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav'nly FriendThru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertakeTo guide the future as he has the past.Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;All now mysterious shall be bright at last.Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still knowHis voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast'ning onWhen we shall be forever with the Lord,When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
I don't have to be afraid. Trust can replace fear.
36 Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.
Covenant people can have the weight of their burdens lifted from them during a trial.
Mosiah 24: 13-16
13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage.
If we are sincere and cry to God during trials, He will hear us and be merciful through Christ.
11 And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me, therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son.
Whatever my bondage is (depression, guilt, fear, etc.), God has delivered me at times before and He will deliver me again. Trust Him.
Alma 36: 27
27 And I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has deliveredme from prison, and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me.
It is not a sign of fear / faithlessness to be saddened by trials or mistreatment.
And the Spirit of the Lord will support us through our sorrow. Since God is constant, and He has done it in the past, I can believe that I will not be left to fail.
Alma 4: 15
15 And now it came to pass that Alma, having seen the afflictions of the humble followers of God, and the persecutions which were heaped upon them by the remainder of his people, and seeing all their inequality, began to be very sorrowful; nevertheless the Spirit of the Lord did not fail him.
If I feel that I'm in a furnace of affliction, it may be safe to assume that God has chosen me to become refined to glorify Him.
1 Nephi 20: 10-11
10 For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
11 For mine own sake, yea, for mine own sake will I do this
When I feel lonely, I can choose to pray and trust.
He calls to the depressed to come to him and receive rest.
Hymn #114 Come Unto Him
1. I wander through the still of night,When solitude is ev’rywhere—Alone, beneath the starry light,And yet I know that God is there.I kneel upon the grass and pray;An answer comes without a voice.It takes my burden all awayAnd makes my aching heart rejoice.
2. When I am filled with strong desireAnd ask a boon of him, I seeNo miracle of living fire,But what I ask flows into me.And when the tempest rages highI feel no arm around me thrust,But ev’ry storm goes rolling byWhen I repose in him my trust.
3. It matters not what may befall,What threat’ning hand hangs over me;He is my rampart through it all,My refuge from mine enemy.Come unto him all ye depressed,Ye erring souls whose eyes are dim,Ye weary ones who long for rest.Come unto him! Come unto him!
Text: Theodore E. Curtis, 1872–1957Music: Hugh W. Dougall, 1872–1963
Natural man is an enemy to God - the natural man tends to worry at trial instead of trusting.
Use the atonement to put off the natural man so you can submit to (trust) God durign trials.
19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.