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    HomeA Sacred and

    Safe Haven, p. 38Is Technology Interfering with YourPersonal Revelation?, p. 16

    Learning through Lifes Trials, p. 27

    Caring for the Poor and Needy in theLatter Days, p. 58

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    Faith at the Waters Edge (Exodus 2:34), by Anne Marie Oborn

    And when [his mother] could not longer hide [Moses], she took or him an ark o

    bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein;and she laid it in the fags by the rivers brink.

    And his sister stood aar o, to wit what would be done to him (Exodus 2:3 4).

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    M a r c h 2 0 1 0 1

    Contents March 2010Volume 40 Number 3

    On the COver

    Front:Bring Up YourChildren in Light andTruth, by GayLynnRibeira.

    Back:Joseph and theboy Jesus, by Leroy

    Transfeld, Museumo Church History,Eighth International ArtCompetition.

    M e s s a g e s

    First PresidenCy Message

    4 Mol CouPresident Henry B. Eyring

    visiting teaChing Message

    8 s F go F Ju C ou Pol scpusu

    F e a t u r e s

    27 L ou Lf tlLarry RichmanTrials can teach us that faith in God theFather and in His Son, Jesus Christ, is thesource of inner strength.

    32 tl tmoElder Paul B. PieperFinding answers in times of need.

    34 eu WllEmma Petty AddamsAs a mother of a child with autism, I came toknow that enduring adversity means morethan merely getting through it.

    38 homa sc sf hLiving the gospel within the sacred walls of ourhome makes it a safe haven.

    42 two Wo t C C LAlice Ruth DreschelHow thank you blessed anothers life.

    44 t vlu of expc exp guVaughn E. WorthenWhy thank you mattersfor those who hear it andthose who say it.

    50 t Lo tul PocUKevin D. CasperFire on a ferry puts six mis-sionaries in danger.

    OUr hOMes, OUr FaMiLies

    12 W Mo C L fom soAmy M. MorganThe Saviors example and the teachings ofmodern prophets guide mothers in theirsacred role.



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    2 E n s i g n

    Living as Latter-day saints

    16 dl dcm Pol rloElder Scott D. WhitingThe need to constantly be attached to our digitaldevices hinders us rom building a relationshipwith our Heavenly Father.

    22 gopl M Lf: W t smWoLin Si-ChiaI was trying to live the gospel.So why did my lie take a turnor the worse?

    23W P F Off?These young adults are fndingthe blessings o a generouscontribution.

    24 t spo o U: ntu am of FlElder Russell M. NelsonMuch more important than what you do or aliving is what kind o a person you become.

    By stUdy and By Faith

    52 t Lw of FElder Robert L. SimpsonWe cannot begin to approach perection until wedecide to make the law o the ast a part o our lives.

    PrOvident Living

    56 Lf b Lo LoDarrell KnightMy dream was to be a pilot. But what iI didnt make it?

    58 sf h hFor those who worry about perilous times,prophetic perspective brings peace.



    COMing in aPriL te ui o i in Fiji

    Courtship and temple marriage:soie o cifce nd covenn

    What it means to have faith in theaonemen o Jeu Ci

    Education and single mothers

    D e p a r t m e n t s

    9 We taLk OF Christreconizin gopel LiYulia PharesI didnt know where I could fnd happiness, butHeavenly Father did.

    10 What We BeLievete holy go teife o tuThe role o the Holy Ghost in our lives.

    26serving in the ChUrChaccepble seviceDavid LeSueurQualiying ourselves or the work.

    66 Latter-day saint vOiCesReaping blessings through obedience.70 sMaLL and siMPLe things73 FaMiLy hOMe evening ideas74 neWs OF the ChUrCh79 in Other ChUrCh Magazines80 UntiL We Meet again

    Picuin FeoodAntonio Peluso

    The two bicyclists were a amiliar sight, but thatSunday, they reminded me o the past and gaveme confdence in the uture.


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    God gave Joseph Smith

    courage in his service.

    Likewise, God has given

    us more than enough

    help to banish fear and

    give us courage, whatever

    we may face in life.

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    M a r c h 2 0 1 0

    One o the purposes o mortal

    lie is to prove to God that

    we will keep His command-

    ments when that takes courage. We

    passed that test in the spirit world.

    But a third o the hosts o heaven

    rebelled against the proposal that

    they be tested in a mortal existencewhere there was a risk that they would ail.

    Beore we were born, we knew God the

    Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, personally. We

    could see Them and listen to Them as They

    taught and encouraged us. Now a veil has been

    placed over our minds and memories. Satan, the

    ather o lies, has an advantage because we must

    see the reality o who we are through the eyes

    o aith, while our bodies make us subject to

    carnal temptation and to physical weakness.We have great helps to give us courage in this

    lie. The greatest is the Atonement o Jesus Christ.

    Because o what He did, sins can be washed

    away in the waters o baptism. We can renew

    that blessing when we partake o the sacrament


    F i r s t P r e s i d e n c y M e s s a g e

    By PresidentHenry B. Eyring

    First Counselor in theFirst Presidency

    in aith and with a repentant heart.

    Spiritual gits are another help.

    We receive the Spirit o Christ at birth.

    That gives us the power to know

    when a choice beore us would lead

    toward eternal lie. The scriptures are

    a sure guide when we read them with

    the Holy Ghost as our companion.The Holy Ghost lets us express thanks and

    ask or help in prayer with the clarity and con-

    dence we once enjoyed with our Heavenly

    Father and which we will have when we return

    to Him. That communication with God helps

    banish ear rom our hearts as it builds aith

    and love o Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

    The holy priesthood gives us courage in our

    service. In its ordinances we receive power to

    serve Gods children and to withstand the infu-ence o evil. When He calls us to serve, we have

    this promise: And whoso receiveth you, there I

    will be also, or I will go beore your ace. I will

    be on your right hand and on your let, and my

    Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels


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    F i r s t P r e s i d e n c y M e s s a g e

    6 E n s i g n

    round about you, to bear you up (D&C 84:88).

    The Prophet Joseph Smith in his service

    had reason to be earul. But God gave him

    courage with this assurance o the example

    o the Master:

    And i thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or

    into the hands o murderers, and the sentence

    o death passed upon thee; i thou be cast

    into the deep; i the billowing surge conspire

    against thee; i ferce winds become thine

    enemy; i the heavens gather blackness, and

    all the elements combine to hedge up the way;and above all, i the very jaws o hell shall gape

    open the mouth wide ater thee, know thou,

    my son, that all these things shall give thee

    experience, and shall be or thy good.

    The Son o Man hath descended below them

    all. Art thou greater than he? (D&C 122:78).

    God has given us more than enough help to

    banish ear and give us courage, whatever we

    may ace in lie. As we reach out or His help,

    He can lit us toward that eternal lie we seek.

    Teaching from This message

    Jsus chrs, h Msr thr, of skdqusos o our popl o podr dpply h prpls H uh. . . . Hs qusos

    prompd houh, soul-srh, d omm-

    m (Teaching, No Greater Call[1999], 68).cosdr r d sk svrl qusos o

    hlp dvduls udrsd d pply h ruhs

    uh hs mss. For xmpl, you ould

    sk, Wh hlp hs god v you o bsh fr

    d v you our? or How hs god hlpd

    you ovrom your frs? eour dvduls

    o podr hr swrs bfor rspod.

    Gfts Tat Gv Us Cuag

    President Eyring tells us about several gifts that give us courage. Readeach scripture below, and write the name of the gift in the blank.Then match each gift with the picture to the right. Talk with your family

    about how that gift can give you courage.

    Nbys PfctBy Shauna Skoubye

    Y o U T h

    C h i l d r e N

    ihv lwys lod o b lk nph: srly obd, xrmlyfhful, d dply sprul. i my ys nph ws h suprmxmpl of oodss. Fw hs ppld o m mor h hhouh of row up o b jus lk hmor ls b o

    possss v poro of hs xll.

    O dy i ws hv m rss, usd by fls of dquy. i

    hd suh mbos d so my ols. Bu i jus dd sm o b -

    ywhr. throuh rs of hoplssss, i xprssd hs fls

    o my fhr. H promply sood up, wlkd ovr o h books, d

    pulld ou o of hs ops of h Book of Mormo. Whou sy

    word, h opd o 2 nph 4 d b rd vrs 17.

    chlls sprd hrouh my body lk lry s i lsd o hs

    powrful words: O wrhd m h i m! My houhs rd.

    How ould nph, my hro d xmpl, sy h h ws wrhd?

    if h ws wrhd, wh dd h mk m?

    a, h lry rushd hrouh m s my fhr rd vrs

    28: awk, my soul! no lor droop s. i fl o m s houh

    h drk louds my md hd prd d lrd wy o rvl h

    1. Acts 22:16 ________________________________________

    2. 2 Nephi 4:15 ______________________________________

    3. D&C 59:89 ______________________________________

    4. 2 nph 32:5; Joh 14:2627 _______________________

    5. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ______________________________

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    warmth and splendor o an open blue sky and bright

    sun. It is impossible to describe the way this verse

    illuminated my soul. Few verses o scripture haveflled me with as much hope, inspiration, and joy as

    this one did.

    In verse 30, Nephi said exactly what I was think-

    ing, only in more eloquent words: My soul will

    rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock o my salva-

    tion. This verse brought with it eelings o peace

    and gratitude or the Lords tender mercy and love.

    My dad closed the book and explained that these

    verses are sometimes called Nephis psalm. He then

    gently taught me that even the greatest people on

    earth are imperect, and these people must rec-

    ognize their imperections or else they would be

    prideul and, thereore, not great.

    I understood. Just because I had weaknesses

    didnt mean I was incapable o becoming like Nephi.

    Recognizing my weaknesses brought me closer to

    the caliber o Nephi. Nephi was great because, as

    well as being obedient and aithul, he was humble

    and willing to admit his aults.

    Ever since that experience, I have treasured

    these words o Nephi. Each time I read them,

    I experience the same thrills and inspirations

    as the frst time I read them. The verses sing out

    to me that I am a daughter o God, capable o

    more than I could ever imagine. I know that i

    Im aithul and press orward, untold blessings

    are in store.

    Nephi said

    exactly what I

    was thinking:

    My soul will

    rejoice in thee,

    my God, and

    the rock of my


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    8 E n s i g n

    Teach these scriptures

    and quotations or, if

    needed, another prin-

    ciple that will bless the

    sisters you visit. Bear testimony of the

    doctrine. Invite those you visit to share

    what they have felt and learned.

    When I was a new bride, . . .

    I was invited to a lunch or all o

    the Relie Society sisters in my ward

    who had read either the Book o

    Mormon or a short Church history

    book. I had become casual in my

    scripture reading, so I qualied to

    attend the luncheon by reading the

    short book because it was easier andtook less time. As I was eating my

    lunch, I had a powerul eeling that

    though the history book was a good

    one, I should have read the Book

    o Mormon. The Holy Ghost was

    prompting me to change my scripture

    reading habits. That very day I began

    to read the Book o Mormon, and I

    have never stopped. . . . Because I

    started reading the scriptures daily,I have learned about my Heavenly

    Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and what

    I need to do to be like Them. . . .

    . . . Every woman can be a gospel

    doctrine instructor in her home, and

    every sister in the Church needs gos-

    pel knowledge as a leader and teacher.

    I you have not already developed

    the habit o daily scripture study, start

    now and keep studying in order to beprepared or your responsibilities in

    this lie and in the eternities.1

    Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general


    A study o the scriptures will help

    our testimonies and the testimonies

    o our amily members. Our children

    today are growing up surrounded by

    voices urging them to abandon that

    which is right and to pursue, instead,the pleasures o the world. Unless

    they have a rm oundation in the

    gospel o Jesus Christ, a testimony o

    the truth, and a determination to live

    righteously, they are susceptible to

    these infuences. It is our responsibil-

    ity to ortiy and protect them.2

    President Thomas S. Monson.

    We want our sisters to be schol-

    ars o the scriptures. . . . You need

    an acquaintanceship with his eternal

    truths or your own well being, and

    or the purposes o teaching your

    own children and all others who

    come within your infuence.3

    We want our homes to be blessed

    with sister scriptorianswhether you

    are single or married, young or old,

    widowed or living in a amily. . . .

    Become scholars o the scripturesnot to put others down, but to lit

    them up!4

    President Spencer W. Kimball (18951985).


    1. Julie B. Beck, My Soul Delighteth in theScriptures,Liahona andEnsign, May 2004,1079.

    2. Thomas S. Monson, Three Goals to GuideYou,Liahona andEnsign, Nov. 2007, 118.

    3. Spencer W. Kimball, Privileges andResponsibilities of Sisters,Ensign, Nov.1978, 102.

    4. Spencer W. Kimball, The Role of RighteousWomen,Ensign, Nov. 1979, 102.

    Helps for Visiting teacHing

    During your visit, answer ques-

    tions and share insights using

    the scriptures. Bear testimony of

    how scripture study has strength-

    ened your faith. Ask the sister you

    visit to share how her study of the

    scriptures has strengthened her

    home and family.

    Personal PreParation

    John 5:39

    2 Timothy 3:1417

    2 Nephi 9:5051; 31:20; 32:35

    D&C 138:111

    Strengthening Faith in God the Father

    and Jesus Christ through PersonalScripture Study

    V i S i T i N G T e A C h i N G M e S S A G e

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    M a r c h 2 0 1 0

    By Yulia Phares

    Iwould not say that I had no goals beore I wasbaptized a member o The Church o Jesus Christo Latter-day Saints. But I can say that my lie hadno clear direction. I sometimes elt as i I were walk-

    ing in darkness, not really knowing which way to go.

    Like most other 19-year-olds in Saint Petersburg,Russia, I hoped to someday get married, have children,

    and live happily ever ater. Still, I wouldnt

    say that I exactly knew how to achieve this goal

    especially the part about living happily ever ater.

    But Heavenly Father knew. He knew that beore

    I could attain real happiness, I needed to

    place Him and His Son at the center o my

    lie. I started to learn how to do this not

    long beore my 20th birthday when the

    missionaries began to teach my amily abouthow to fnd happiness through living the


    Ater we met the missionaries, it didnt take

    long or me to know what to do. I prayed and knew

    that i I wanted to meet my lies goals, I needed to be

    baptized a member o Jesus Christs Church.

    Following my baptism, I was ostracized by some

    riends and amily members who couldnt under-

    stand why making this choice to ollow Heavenly

    Fathers plan was so important to me. Despite this, Iwas happy. I knew He was comorting me by allow-

    ing me to go through these trials with peace.

    By the time I turned 21, I had a strong desire to

    testiy o the truthulness o the gospel and share with

    others how resolving to live the commandments had

    changed my lie, so I became a missionary. It elt won-

    derul to share with people what had happened to my

    lie rom the time I decided to put the gospel frst.


    Gospel Light

    W e T a l k o f C h r i s T

    My lie has been ull o blessings since that time.

    Eight years ago I was able to enter the temple and

    reach my goal o getting married. However, instead

    o only being married, I was sealed to my husband

    or eternity.

    Over the last several years, my goal o becominga mother has also been ulflled. I have been blessed

    with three wonderul sons.

    Not long ago my amily and I had the opportunity

    to visit a temple open house. As we walked through

    the temple, our our-year-old son looked at me and

    said, Mom, because you and Dad got married in the

    temple, our amily is going to be together orever.

    I eel blessed and humbled to think o the last

    decade o my lie. I am on my way to achieving my

    goal or a happily ever ater, thanks to the act that

    I turned my lie to my Heavenly Father and to Jesus

    Christ. As long as I place Them at the center o my lie,I know I can achieve my goals. I know that Heavenly

    Father and the Savior love us and want to help.




    Would you like to share how Jesus Christ has touched your life?

    We welcome accounts of your gospel experiences and insights

    relating to the Saviors ministry and mission. Possible topics

    might include the Atonement, grace, healing, hope, or repen-

    tance. Please limit submissions to 500 words, label them

    We Talk of Christ, and send them to [email protected]

    I turned my life to my Heavenly Father

    and to Jesus Christ. . . . as I place Them at

    the center of my life, I know I can achieve

    my goals.

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    10 E n s i g n

    The Holy Ghost is the third

    member o the Godhead. He

    is a personage o spirit, with-out a body o esh and bones (see

    D&C 130:22). He is oten reerred

    to as the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the

    Spirit o God, the Spirit o the Lord,

    or the Comorter. He works in perect

    unity with Heavenly Father and Jesus


    As a personage o spirit, the Holy

    Ghost can be in only one place at a

    time, but His inuence can be every-where at the same time.2



    President Joseph Fielding Smith

    (18761972) taught, Through the

    Holy Ghost the truth is woven intothe very fbre and sinews o the body

    so that it cannot be orgotten. 3

    It is also through receiving the

    Holy Ghost when we repent and

    are baptized that we may be sancti-

    fed. Sanctifcation is the process o

    becoming ree rom sinpure, clean,

    and holythrough the Atonement o

    Jesus Christ (see Moses 6:5960). We

    are sanctifed as we yield our heartsto God (see Helaman 3:35).

    After I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, . . .which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, whichpower he received by faith on the Son of God . . . I, Nephi,

    was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know

    of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, whichis the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him

    (1 Nephi 10:17).

    W h a t W e B e l i e v e

    1. The Holy Ghost wit-

    nesses of the Father and the

    Son (2 Nephi 31:18). It is

    only through the power of

    the Holy Ghost that we can

    receive a sure testimony of

    God the Father and His Son

    Jesus Christ.4

    6. We are blessed withgifts of the Spirit through

    the Holy Ghost. These gifts

    bless our lives and the lives

    of those we love and serve.

    (See 1 Corinthians 12:112;

    Moroni 10:818; D&C



    of TruTh

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    M a r c h 2 0 1 0 11

    2. The Holy Ghost testifes

    o truth, and it is through

    His power that we may

    know the truth o all things

    (Moroni 10:5).

    3. The Holy Ghost teaches

    us all things and brings to

    our remembrance all we

    have learned o the Lord

    and His gospel (see John


    4. The Holy Ghost will

    show unto [us] all things

    what [we] should do

    (2 Nephi 32:5). He can

    guide us in our decisions

    and protect us rom physical

    and spiritual danger.

    5. As we hunger to know

    the words o eternal lie and

    allow these words to sink

    deep into our hearts, the

    Holy Ghost will open our

    minds and hearts to greater

    light and understanding.5

    7. The Holy Ghost is knownas the Comorter because

    He can fll us with hope

    and perect love (Moroni


    8. Adam was the frst onearth to be baptized and

    receive the Holy Ghost (see

    Moses 6:6466).

    9. Through the power o the Holy Ghost, we become sanctifed

    as we repent, are baptized and confrmed, and strive to obeyGods commandments (see Mosiah 4:13; 5:16).

    The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant

    companion, and thy scepter an unchang-

    ing scepter o righteousness and truth;

    and thy dominion shall be an everlasting

    dominion, and without compulsory means

    it shall fow unto thee orever and ever

    (D&C 121:4546).


    1. See True to the Faith (2004), 8182;Preach My Gospel(2004), 9091.2. See Gospel Principles(2009), 32.3. Joseph Fielding Smith,Doctrines of Salvation, ed. Bruce R.

    McConkie, 3 vols. (195456), 1:48.4. See 1 Corinthians 12:3; True to the Faith, 82.5. See Enos 1:3;Preach My Gospel, 18.

    To learn more about our basic beliefs, visit (available in many languages).

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    12 E n s i g n

    WhatMothersCan Learn

    By Amy M. Morgan

    Ever since I became a mother, I havewondered what specifcs I can learn

    rom the lie and teachings o the

    Savior that apply to my role. Here are a ew

    lessons Ive gleaned.

    Mothers can

    trust in the

    Saviors exam-

    ple and mod-

    ern prophets


    for guidance

    in raising

    their children

    and bettering

    themselves as


    from the Savior

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    Spend Time with Children

    The Savior made time for the children

    even when He was tired. Suffer the little

    children to come unto me (Mark 10:14). He

    knew how much children can teach us, and

    how much they need attention and guidance.

    Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the

    Twelve Apostles once taught, Quality [time]

    is a direct function of quantity [time]and

    mothers, to nurture their children properly,

    must provide both. Elder Ballard also taught

    that, a mothers nurturing love arouses inchildren, from their earliest days on earth,

    an awakening of the memories of love and

    goodness they experienced in their premortal

    existence. 1

    Pray for Our Children

    When the disciples would have sent the lit-

    tle children away, the Lord provided a loving

    example. And he took them up in his arms,

    put his hands upon them and blessed them(Mark 10:16). We must seek opportunities to

    bless our childrens lives. This includes priest-

    hood blessings, wholesome activities, loving

    and righteous examples, and prayer. Think

    of the strength we can add to our childrens

    resolve to do their best when they know we

    are praying for them.

    Help Our Children Love the Sabbath

    The Savior did good works on the Sabbatheven when the Pharisees criticized Him for

    doing so (see John 5:816; John 9:1416).

    There are many wonderful things we can do

    on the Sabbath with our children. Attending

    church and partaking of the sacrament is

    the most important, but it shouldnt be the

    only thing. President Spencer W. Kimball

    (18951985) has said, The Sabbath calls for

    constructive thoughts and acts, and if one

    merely lounges about doing nothing on the

    Sabbath, he is breaking it.2 Some of the

    things weve tried includes visiting family

    members, sending letters to missionaries or

    family, and reading the scriptures as a family.

    These activities help our children enjoy the

    Sabbath while honoring the Lords day.

    Teach Faith in Heavenly Father and inHis Son, Jesus Christ

    The Savior taught that He is the goodShepherd and that His sheep hear his voice:

    and he calleth his own sheep by name, and

    leadeth them out.

    He . . . goeth before them, and the sheep

    follow him: for they know his voice ( John


    When we teach our children to have faith

    in Him, they will know to follow His teach-

    ings and to listen to His voicewhether

    through the scriptures, modern prophets, orthe Holy Ghost.

    A mothers life

    is often focused

    on the temporal

    aspects of family

    life and taking care

    of the home. It

    requires extra care

    to make time to

    teach and learn inthe home.


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    Quiet Your Fears with Faith inthe Lord

    President Boyd K. Packer,

    President of the Quorum of the

    Twelve Apostles, once said, If

    you are helpless, he is not. If

    you are lost, he is not. If you

    dont know what to do next, he

    knows. It would take a miracle,

    you say? Well, if it takes a mira-cle, why not?3

    As mothers, we

    need to strive to

    do our best to ul-

    fll the sacred obli-

    gation we have. As

    the Brethren have

    taught, we should

    do our best to

    stay home and be

    the strength andsupport or our




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    By Elder Scott D. WhitingArea Seventy, North America West Area

    Ours is a most unusual generation.

    We are blessed by great and rapid

    technological advances that make

    our lives easier and improve our ability to

    communicate. So quickly do these advances

    happen that the moment we buy the latesttechnological device, it is practically obsolete.

    We carry wireless telephones that can

    store hundreds o numbers, are able to take

    both moving and still pictures, and can

    access never-ending streams o inormation

    rom an unseen source. We can play thou-

    sands o songs rom a device no larger than

    a credit card. We can sur the Internet at any

    time o the day or night and quickly move

    across the intellectual and physical globe inimages and inormation.

    Out o such technological advance-

    ment come both good and bad. Modern

    technology, when purely and judi-

    ciously used, can help us hasten the

    work o the Lord and spread the gos-

    pel.1 But an overreliance on technology

    can also create boredom with lower-tech

    activities, an attitude that may extend to how

    we worship God, our Father, and His Son, Jesus

    Christ. We cannot simply point and click on

    or download a personal, revelatory relation-

    ship with our Heavenly Father.2 This kind o

    relationship is built on quiet principles o aith,

    repentance, and obedience.

    For this reason it is vitally important torecognize the risks o digital attachment. Being

    constantly plugged in can drown out the

    quiet whisperings and subtle impressions o

    the Holy Spirit, breaking our personal connec-

    tion with God and making it difcult, i not

    impossible, to receive personal revelation.

    We Need Personal Revelation

    Who among us does not seek or guid-

    ance and counsel in important matters? Howoten do we ask amily, riends, or religious

    leaders to provide us with counsel and

    direction? While this can be wonderully

    helpul at times, is it not even more impor-

    tant to ask our Heavenly Father, who loves

    us and knows us better than all those we are

    surrounded by, or inspired direction and

    guidance? He will never lead us astray.

    DigitalDetachment& Personal Revelation

    We must guard

    against becoming

    so attached to digi-

    tal devices that we

    become detached

    from God.

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    I can personally testiy that every major

    decision I have made in my lie and many moreminor decisions have been a result o prompt-

    ings I have elt rom the Holy Ghost. These

    include my decision to prepare or and serve

    a ull-time mission, my selection o an eternal

    companion, my career pursuits, my decision

    to pursue additional education even though it

    wasnt convenient or economical at the time,

    and my quest toward greater righteousness.

    These types o decisions are important to all o

    us, and we need our Fathers help as we striveto return to Him. We cannot aord to let any-

    thing, no matter how attractive, distract us rom

    the personal revelation He wants to give us.

    Desire Personal Revelation

    The frst step in receiving personal revelation

    is desiring it. Revelation is rarely given to those

    not seeking it, and sometimes when it does

    come that way, it does not have a lasting eect.

    For instance, Laman and Lemuel had the mirac-

    ulous experience o seeing an angel o the

    Lord, yet they rejected the Lords promptings.

    Nephi later reproached his brothers: Ye have

    seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye

    have heard his voice rom time to time; and he

    hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but

    ye were past eeling, that ye could not eel his

    words (1 Nephi 17:45).

    This state o being past eeling is

    a perilous position to be in. Can youimagine being aced with the eternally

    signifcant choices we ace in lie with-

    out being able to eel the promptings

    o the Holy Ghost? Laman and Lemuel

    provide a sobering example o the conse-

    quences o being in that state.

    Nephi, on the other hand, had great

    We cannot simply

    point and clickon or download a

    personal, revelatory

    relationship with our

    Heavenly Father.

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    desires to know o the mysteries o God

    (1 Nephi 2:16). Nephi sought or the blessings

    o personal revelation, was worthy o them,

    and as a result had many great and wonderul

    truths revealed unto himtruths that not only

    blessed his amily and his people but that also

    continue to bless us today.

    Study and Ponder

    Once the desire has been kindled, how

    can you and I access the opened heavens?

    A recent example o canonized modern-dayrevelation provides a pattern.

    The revelation we have today as Doctrine

    and Covenants 138 came to President Joseph F.

    Smith (18381918) the day beore he spoke

    at the October 1918 general conerence. A

    close look at this great revelation regarding

    the Saviors visit to the spirits o the dead is

    instructive to those seeking their own divine

    communications. The rst ew verses o this

    revelation read in part:

    I sat in my room pondering over the


    And refecting upon the great atoningsacrice that was made by the Son o God,

    or the redemption o the world;

    And the great and wonderul love made

    maniest by the Father and the Son in the

    coming o the Redeemer into the world;

    That through his atonement, and by

    obedience to the principles o the gospel,

    mankind might be saved (D&C 138:14).

    How oten have you made the time or pon-

    dering such wonderul things? I you are like

    most people, you are sometimes uncomortable

    being alone with your thoughts. Most people

    would rather plug in some headphones than

    allow their minds to contemplate the sacred.

    But pondering the sacred things o God

    is necessary i we are to receive personal

    revelation, and pondering is best done in

    an unplugged environment. We need to

    be able to hear the acoustic subtleties o

    the Spirit. Perhaps no greater counsel wasgiven than that recorded in Psalm 46:10:

    Be still, and know that I am God.

    President Joseph F. Smith received his

    revelation by being still and pondering the

    scriptures. A similar pattern unolds in the

    events leading up to one o the most impor-

    tant revelatory moments o all mankind,

    when the young boy Joseph Smith read

    James 1:5. The Prophet recorded that never

    did any passage o scripture come with more

    power to the heart o man than this did at

    this time to mine. It seemed to enter with

    great orce into every eeling o my heart.I refected on it again and again ( Joseph

    SmithHistory 1:12).

    Joseph was learning the powerul connec-

    tion between the study o the scriptures and

    then pondering them as essential precursors

    to receiving personal revelation. It was a

    pattern he would perect to the blessing and

    edication o us all.

    This state of being past feeling is a perilous positionto be in. Laman and Lemuel provide a sobering example.

    Joseph Smith learn-

    ed the powerful

    connection between

    the study of the

    scriptures and then

    pondering them as

    essential precursors

    to receiving personalrevelation.

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    Fast and Pray for Answers

    Prayer is another crucial component of

    receiving revelation. The instructive words of

    Alma witness how he received his own testi-

    mony through personal revelation. He writes:

    Do ye not suppose that I know of these

    things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that

    I do know that these things whereof I have

    spoken are true. And how do ye suppose

    that I know of their surety?

    Behold, I say unto you they are made

    known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God.

    Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days

    that I might know these things of myself. And

    now I do know of myself that they are true; for

    the Lord God hath made them manifest untome by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of

    revelation which is in me (Alma 5:4546).

    The scriptures admonish us on numerous

    occasions to knock or ask and tell us it

    shall be given unto us. Jesus Christ Himself

    promised that whatsoever things ye shall ask

    the Father in my name shall be given unto you.

    Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock,

    and it shall be opened unto you; for he that

    asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh,it shall be opened (3 Nephi 27:2829).

    Keep the Commandments

    To successfully draw upon the power

    of personal revelation, we must be obedi-

    ent to the laws of God. Always remember

    that there is a law, irrevocably decreed in

    heaven before the foundations of this world,

    The scriptures often admonish us to knockoraskand tell us it shall be given unto us.

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    upon which all blessings are predicated

    And when we obtain any blessing rom

    God, it is by obedience to that law upon which

    it is predicated (D&C 130:2021). Personal rev-

    elation is predicated upon personal obedience.

    Personal Revelation Is for Everyone

    These examples o ancient and modern

    prophets are powerul, but what o us, those

    not oreordained to such revelation-intense

    assignments in the Lords kingdom? Can we

    also participate in this revelatory process?Revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith

    as he was translating John 5:29 gives this

    powerul instruction:

    For thus saith the LordI, the Lord, am

    merciul and gracious unto those who ear

    me, and delight to honor those who serve me

    in righteousness and in truth unto the end.

    Great shall be their reward and eternal

    shall be their glory.

    And to them [you and me] will I revealall mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries

    o my kingdom rom days o old, and or

    ages to come, will I make known unto them

    the good pleasure o my will concerning all

    things pertaining to my kingdom.

    Yea, even the wonders o eternity shall

    they know, and things to come will I show

    them, even the things o many generations.

    And their wisdom shall be great, and their

    understanding reach to heaven (D&C 76:59).As though these promises were not

    enough, the Lord also says that every soul

    who orsaketh his sins and cometh unto me,

    and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my

    voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall

    see my ace and know that I am (D&C 93:1).

    These blessings are promised to all who qual-

    iy, not just those in leadership positions.

    Avoid Digital Distractions

    While modern technological advance-

    ments can enhance the work o the Lord and

    bless us and our amilies, we must be careul

    not to all victim to their destructive side. We

    must not only avoid the base and degrading

    content some sources contain, but we must

    also recognize when electronic distractions

    keep us rom quieter, more signifcant uses

    o our time. We must guard against becom-

    ing so attached to digital devices that we

    become detached rom God.Sometimes the most productive point

    and click application is that o pointing our

    fnger at the power button and clicking our

    digital devices o.

    Let us recognize the need or personal reve-

    lation; develop the desire or these divine com-

    munications; seek revelation through scripture

    study, prayer, and pondering upon the mercies

    o God; and obey His commandments. Finally,

    we must recognize that revelation is availableto anyone who is worthy and asks God in

    aith, in the name o His Son, Jesus Christ.

    I know these things are true. I know it

    because o my own experiences with

    personal revelation. I know the

    whisperings o the Holy Ghost,

    or I have heard them and elt

    them. I know God loves us and

    desires to bless us with His

    word and knowledge i wewill but seek it.

    From a devotional address given at Brigham

    Young UniversityHawaii on February 5,



    1. See M. Russell Ballard, Sharing the Gospel Usingthe Internet, Liahona, June 2008, N1;Ensign, July2008, 58.

    2. See Boyd K. Packer, Personal Revelation: The Gift,the Test, and the Promise,Liahona,June 1997, 8;Ensign, Nov. 1994, 59.

    Sometimes the mostproductive point

    and click applica-

    tion is that o

    pointing our fnger

    at the power button

    and clicking our

    digital devices o.

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    By Lin Si-Chia


    seemed Wrong

    G o s p e l i n M y l i f e

    I was trying to live the gospel. So why did my

    life take a turn for the worse?

    It started when I lost the Book o Mormon

    my missionary, Sister High, had given me

    more than fve years earlier. I knew I could

    obtain another one, but my copy was ull o my

    own markings and cross-reerences. Tuckedbetween its pages were cherished quotes, a

    heartwarming note rom a riend, and a copy o

    my patriarchal blessing. Although I looked and

    looked, the book was nowhere to be ound. I

    couldnt believe I had been so careless.

    Shortly ater this incident, I was let go rom

    one o my jobs. My income was now cut in

    hal. I had promised my parents I would pay

    my own way through college. How was I

    going to aord to keep going to school?I had been keeping the commandments to

    the best o my ability; why were things going

    so badly? Friends at school didnt pass on the

    chance to rub it in. One said, You should cut

    back on how oten you attend church. You can

    save bus are. Another said, Why dont you

    take a break rom church or a month or two?

    You might fnd out that you dont notice much

    o a dierence.

    For a moment, their comments made sense.I started to wonder i my lie wouldbe better

    without the Church.

    I went back to my dorm room, where I saw

    a picture o my amily taken during Chinese

    New Year. I thought about how much I love

    them and how happy they make me. And I

    thought about my Heavenly Father, whom I

    love and who loves me. I realized maybe I

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    Rebecca Alison Titz, a young adult

    rom Germany who now attends the

    Winterthur Ward in Switzerland, has a

    testimony o asting and o the blessings that

    come rom paying a generousast oering. Rebecca grew

    up seeing her parents pay ast

    oerings, and when she started

    to earn her own salary, she

    began contributing on her own.

    She says, There have been times when I

    could pay a generous ast oering. And in

    those times she says, I was never hungry

    in body or spirit. She explains that eelings

    o hunger rom asting pass quickly, but theblessings o spiritual nourishment that come

    rom helping others are long lastingeven


    Rebecca has always tried to contribute a ast

    oering reely. Ive never had a problem giv-

    ing it, she says. I have never thought, I could

    use this money somewhere else. I have always

    thought, This is helping peo-

    ple who need it.

    One o Rebeccas riends,Jessica Schwabe o the

    Halberstadt Branch in

    Hannover, Germany, adds:

    Paying ast oerings gives asting more mean-

    ing; it makes it all come together. Fast oer-

    ings are a part o asting not or ourselves but

    or others, or people in need.

    needed to ocus on what I had rather than what

    I lacked. Still, I wondered how I was going to

    get through these trials.

    A short time later, I conded my eelings

    to my institute teacher, Sister Ou, who said,Many members have experienced a phase

    when the all is well period o being a new

    convert ends and you begin to ace the trials o

    aith. The scriptures say, Nevertheless the Lord

    seeth t to chasten his people; yea, he trieth

    their patience and their aith (Mosiah 23:21).

    So what should I do? I asked.

    Study the scriptures even more diligently,

    and pray even more earnestly, she said. True

    aith comes when you have trials and pain.Your aith will grow, you will progress, and

    your testimony will be strengthened.

    I decided to ollow her advice and put my

    aith in God. I tried to do as Alma 38:5 teaches:

    As much as ye shall put your trust in God

    even so much ye shall be delivered out o your

    trials, and your troubles, and your afictions,

    and ye shall be lited up at the last day.

    As it turned out, I ound another jobone

    that was better than my previous one. Betteryet, I ound my copy o the Book o Mormon.

    I learned that our disappointments, sor-

    rows, and dark hours are to help us grow.

    They can lead us to much joy i, as Sister Ou

    taught me, we put our aith and trust in a

    loving Heavenly Father. How grateul I am to

    have a rearmed testimony that the Church

    and gospel are true.

    The newness of

    being a member of

    the Church hadworn off, and I

    found myself facing

    a trial of faith.

    Fortunately, my

    institute teacher

    helped me see the

    joy that lay ahead.

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    In the preace o the Doctrine and

    Covenants, we learn about the

    limitations o the arm o esh: The

    weak things o the world shall come

    orth and break down the mighty

    and strong ones, that man should notcounsel his ellow man, neither trust

    in the arm o esh (D&C 1:19). To

    rephrase that warning: even though

    you may be learned in the ways o

    the world, dont orget the power o


    My medical school classmates and

    I learned that lesson in an unorget-

    table way more than 30 years ago.

    Our experience took place in thelittle town o Manzanillo, on Mexicos

    western coast. The year was 1978. The

    members o our 1947 graduating class,

    along with our spouses, were attend-

    ing a medical symposium.

    One evening ater the scientifc ses-

    sions had been completed, one o the

    doctors suddenly became seriously

    Neithertrustin the Arm


    ill. Without warning, he began to lose

    massive amounts o blood rom his

    stomach. Totally stunned, we sur-

    rounded him, watching lies precious

    blood ow rom him. There we were,

    medical specialists skilled in vari-ous disciplines, including surgeons,

    anesthesiologists, and internists, each

    with wisdom gained through more

    than 30 years o experience. What

    could we do? The nearest hospital

    was in Guadalajara, more than 100

    mountainous miles (160 km) away. It

    was night. No planes could y. Blood

    transusions were out o the question

    because o lack o equipment. All oour combined knowledge could not

    be mobilized to stop his hemorrhage.

    We were totally without the acilities

    or equipment needed to save the lie

    o our beloved riend.

    Our stricken colleague, a aith-

    ul Latter-day Saint, was well aware

    o his plight. Ashen and pale, he

    T h e y S p o k e T o U S

    By ElderRussell M. Nelson

    Of the Quorum of theTwelve Apostles

    Even though you may be learned in the ways of theworld, dont forget the power of God.

    whispered a request or a priest-

    hood blessing. Several o us held

    the Melchizedek Priesthood. We

    responded to his request immedi-

    ately. I was asked to seal the anoint-

    ing. The Spirit dictated that he be

    blessed to the end that the bleeding

    would stop and that he would con-tinue to live and return to his home.

    That blessing was administered in

    the name o the Lord.

    By the next morning, his condi-

    tion had improved. Miraculously,

    the bleeding had stopped. His blood

    pressure had returned to normal. In a

    couple o days, he was able to return

    to his home. Unitedly, we thanked

    the Lord or this most remarkableblessing.

    The lesson we learned was sim-

    ple: Trust in the Lord with all thine

    heart; and lean not unto thine own

    understanding (Proverbs 3:5). We

    experienced it frsthand. This doc-

    trine, taught repeatedly in the scrip-

    tures,1 had now become our sure


    Please do not misunderstand me,brothers and sisters. O course we

    need to prepare or worthy work to

    do. Yes, we do need to do our work

    well, whatever we choose to do in

    lie. We need to be able to render

    signifcant service. And beore we can

    achieve that competence, we need

    an education. With us, education is

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    a religious responsibility. The glory o God

    reallyis intelligence (see D&C 93:36).

    But the learning o man has its limitations.

    And sometimes, as in our circumstance in

    rural Mexico, the combined learning o many

    experts cannot be applied when we need it

    most. We have to place our trust in the Lord.

    That experience in Mexico taught usanother important lesson. It pertains to our

    ultimate priorities and highest destinies as

    mortal beings. We learned that a doctors

    ultimate destination is not in the hospital. For

    a lawyer, it is not in the courtroom. For a jet

    pilot, it is not in the cockpit o a Boeing 747.

    Each persons chosen occupation is only a

    means to an end; it is not an end in itsel.

    The end or which each o you should

    strive is to be the person that you canbecomethe person who God wants you to

    be. The day will come when your proessional

    career will end. The career that you will have

    labored so hard to achievethe work that will

    have supported you and your amilywill

    one day be behind you.

    Then you will have learned this great

    lesson: much more important than what you

    do or a living is what kind o person you

    become. When you leave this rail existence,what you have become will matter most.

    Attributes such as aith, virtue, knowledge,

    temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, god-

    liness, charity, humility, [and] diligence (D&C

    4:6) will all be weighed in the Lords balance.

    From time to time, ask yoursel these ques-

    tions: Am I ready to meet my Maker? Am

    I worthy o all the blessings He has in store

    or His aithul children? Have I received myendowment and sealing ordinances o the

    temple? Have I remained aithul to my cov-

    enants? Have I qualifed or the greatest o all

    Gods blessingsthe blessing o eternal lie?

    (see D&C 14:7).

    Those who cherish their aith in God

    those who trust in Himhave been given this

    scriptural promise: Let no man glory in man,

    but rather let him glory in God. . . . These shall

    dwell in the presence o God and his Christorever and ever (D&C 76:6162). May that be

    the ultimate destiny or each o us.

    From a Brigham Young University commencement address

    delivered on April 23, 2009.


    1. See, for example, Proverbs 11:28; Jeremiah 17:5;Romans 8:1; 2 Nephi 4:3435; 2 Nephi 28:31;D&C 1:1923.

    Much more

    important thanwhat you do for

    a living is what

    kind of person

    you become.

    Attributes such

    as faith, vir-

    tue, knowledge,


    patience, broth-

    erly kindness,godliness, charity,

    humility, [and]

    diligence will all

    be weighed in the

    Lords balance.

    For the full text of the address in English, see

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    He walked into a little class-

    room in the Philippines to

    be interviewed in prepara-

    tion or receiving the Melchizedek

    Priesthood. I didnt know how old he

    was, but even the older members o

    the branch called him Tatay(ather).

    When I asked whether he would

    be able to understand my English,

    he smiled warmly and replied withcareul diction, Yes, I will.

    Ater our interview I asked him i



    S e r v i n g i n t h e C h u r C h

    there was any reason he should not

    be ordained to the priesthood. Ater

    a moment he said, Perhaps I should

    not receive the priesthood.

    Puzzled, I asked, What do you


    I have only one tooth, he replied.

    I know I dont look very good to

    receive the priesthood. It is all right

    i you tell me I cannot have thepriesthood.

    We sat or a moment while I pon-

    dered his comment, tears welling up

    in my eyes. Then I put my hand on

    his hand and told him that I had seen

    many wonderul priesthood holders

    who had lost their hair, but he had

    beautiul, thick black hair. I also told

    him o priesthood holders who had

    only one ear or one eye, but he hadboth o his eyes and ears.

    I then told him o a riend o mine

    who had lost his arm to cancer.

    When that brother had prayed in

    our home and had asked Heavenly

    Father to bless my wie and chil-

    dren, I knew he was a great servant

    o the Lord. I told Tatay how this

    Magnifyingyour Calling

    We can be


    that ou sevice

    is acceptable to

    god as we manify ou callins in

    the Chuch. Pesident Maion g.

    romney (18971988), a counselo in

    the Fist Pesidency, said manify-

    in ou callins equies that we:


    manify ou callins.


    etenal life.


    Livethegospel. Diligentlyperformtheservice

    we ae called to ende.

    fm M g. rme, M oes

    C the Pesthd, Ensign, J 1973,

    89, 90.

    riend had placed his only hand on

    the head o a little girl to bless herbecause she was dying and that I

    had elt the power

    o the priesthood that day.

    This elderly Filipino smiled and

    said, I hope my service to God will

    also be acceptable.

    We are all awed in some signif-

    cant way, and we all know the eel-

    ings o inadequacy that come with

    a new calling. But God accepts thehumblest oering o the humblest

    Saint, and each o us can make a

    dierence. We need not be embar-

    rassed or ashamed; we need only

    give our best eort to the Lord. In

    turn He will bless us and magniy

    us and, in a marvelous way, make

    us whole.

    By Eder David E. leSueur

    Area SeventyNorth America Southwest Area

    On the



    Some o youmay be shy bynature or con-

    sider yourselves

    inadequate to respond afrma-tively to a calling. Remember that

    this work is not yours and mine

    alone. It is the Lords work, and

    when we are on the Lords errand,

    we are entitled to the Lords help.

    Pesdet Thms S. Ms, Dt Cs,

    Ensign, M 1996, 44.

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    By Larry Richman

    The trials of this

    life will ultimately

    lead to joy if we

    patiently trust inGods plan and

    discover how to

    use adversity to

    grow stronger.


    happiness (Alma 42:8, 16). Here on earth,

    there is a lot o joy, but there are also times

    o trial, misortune, and grie.

    A common misunderstanding among

    members o the Church is that i we strive

    with all our might to live the commandments,

    nothing bad will happen to us. We maybelieve i we are married in the temple, our

    marriage will automatically be heaven on

    earth, or i we live the Word o Wisdom, we

    will never get sick. But the truth is that bad

    things may happen to the best o people. The

    consequences o good and bad actions will

    come, but they do not always come immedi-

    ately, and they may not even come in this lie.

    Ive learned that the way I respond to

    trials can have a great eect on whether

    they become roadblocks in my lie or

    expressways to learning and growth. When I

    anguish over difculties, the experiences only

    serve to weigh me down. But remembering

    that these trials are part o the great plan ohappiness helps me to see them as opportu-

    nities to grow and learn.

    As children o a loving God, we

    accepted our Fathers plan to obtain a

    physical body, gain earthly experience, and

    qualiy to return to His presence and enjoy

    eternal lie. In act, we shouted or joy at

    the chance to participate in this plan o


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    28 E n s i g n

    Origins of AdversityMuch suering comes as a direct result o sin. When we

    use our agency to disregard the commandments o God,

    we ollow Satans plan o misery rather than Gods plan o


    Other trials come as a result o unwise choices. For

    example, many people are burdened with fnancial debt

    because they choose to make purchases on credit rather

    than delay purchases until they can aord to pay in cash.

    Yet other challenges come as a natural result o mortal-

    ity and the world we live in. We are mortals with bodiesthat will age and may become ill or injured.

    Degree of Fault for Problems in Life

    As mortals, we try to assign ault or every situation.

    Oten, we judge ourselves harshly, concluding that

    problems occur because o something we did wrong or

    because we ailed to do something to prevent them.1

    As we consider the degree o our personal ault or the

    tribulations in our lives, it may be helpul to think o a

    continuum with sin at one end and adversity at the other.2

    Our degree o ault is high at the end o the spectrum

    marked assin. We should accept responsibility or prob-

    lems caused by sin by repenting and continually striving

    to do better. However, as we continue down the spectrum,

    our ault drops to zero at the end marked by adversity,

    where we may bear no responsibility at all. These trials

    may come to us regardless o any conscious action on our

    part. I we blame ourselves or things that are not our ault,

    When we use our

    agency to disregard

    the commandmentsof God, we follow

    Satans plan of misery

    rather than Gods

    plan of happiness.

    we make a bad situation worse by seeing ourselves as badpeople who deserve bad things.

    It is difcult to judge our level o responsibility or prob-

    lems that all between these two ends o the spectrum.

    In these cases, it may be unproductive to try to establish

    blame because it may cause us to lose ocus on the very

    reason or the trial.

    The Purposes of Adversity

    Apostle Orson F. Whitney (18551931) o the Quorum o

    the Twelve Apostles, explained: No pain that we suer, notrial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our educa-

    tion, to the development o such qualities as patience, aith,

    ortitude and humility. All that we suer and all that we

    endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up

    our characters, purifes our hearts, expands our souls, and

    makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be

    called the children o God . . . and it is through sorrow and

    suering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education

    that we come here to acquire.3

    Trials give us opportunities to show the Lord and our-selves that we will be aithul. We can choose to eel sorry

    or ourselves and ask, Why me? or we can grow rom our

    trials, increase our aith in the Lord, and ask, How can I be

    aithul in the midst o this trial? We can let adversity break

    us down and make us bitter, or we can let it refne us and

    make us stronger. We can allow adversity to lead us to drit

    away rom the things that matter most, or we can use it as a

    stepping-stone to grow closer to things o eternal worth.

    Much suffering comes asa direct result ofsin.

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    F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 0 29

    Spiritual growth can oten be achieved more readily by

    trials and adversity than by comort and tranquility. Trials

    can teach us that aith in God the Father and His Son Jesus

    Christ is the source o inner strength. President David O.

    McKay (1873-1970) recounted the testimony o one o the

    survivors o the ill-ated Martin handcart company, who said:

    We suered beyond anything you can imagine and many

    died o exposure and starvation, but . . . [we] came through

    with the absolute knowledge that God lives or we became

    acquainted with Him in our extremities.4

    Beneftting rom Adversity

    Since adversity will come to us all, consider the ollow-

    ing ideas to help ace trials and benet rom them.

    Rely on Christ

    One o the purposes o trials is to help us come to

    know Christ, understand His teachings in our minds,eel them in our hearts, and live them in our lives. Elder

    Richard G. Scott o the Quorum o the Twelve Apostles

    explains that God loves us perectly and would not

    require [us] to experience a moment more o diculty

    than is absolutely needed or [our] personal benet or or

    that o those [we] love.5 President Harold B. Lee (18991973)

    once remarked: Sometimes when [we] are going through

    the most severe tests, [we] will be nearer to God than [we]

    have any idea.6

    When we turn to Christ, we will not only nd thecomort we seek, but in so doing we will also gain an

    increased testimony o the reality o the Savior and His

    Atonement, which can heal all suering. We oten speak

    o the Atonement in terms o relie rom sin and guilt. But

    the Atonement is more. Alma taught that Christ suered

    pains, afictions, and temptations o every kind so He

    could be lled with mercy and know how to succor His

    people according to their inrmities (see Alma 7:1112).

    The Atonement can heal the eects o all pain and

    afiction in mortality.7 When suering is our ault, we can

    be cleansed through repentance, and ater all we can do,

    the Atonement can compensate or the consequences o

    our sins. It can also compensate or the harmul eects o

    our ignorance or neglect, the pain caused by the willul

    actions o others, and the suering that comes as a result

    o living in a natural world.

    God lets us have dicult days, months, or lives so we

    can grow rom these experiences. I believe that the spe-

    cic challenges I have aced in my lie were the specic

    ways I had to learn the lessons I needed to learn. I believe

    I am the man I am today becauseo the trials Ive experi-

    enced, not inspiteo them.

    For example, many people are burdened with

    fnancial debt because they choose to make

    purchases on credit rather than delay purchases

    until they can aord to pay in cash.

    Other trials come as a result ounwise choices.

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    30 E n s i g n

    Elder Richard G. Scott taught that the Lord is intent

    on [our] personal growth and development. . . . Progress

    is accelerated when [we] willingly allow Him to lead [us]

    through every growth experience [we] encounter. . . . I

    [we] question [every unpleasant challenge], . . . [we] make

    it harder or the Lord to bless [us].8

    But i we center ourhearts and minds on the Lords will, we will gain more

    happiness in the journey and more ulllment in lie.

    Rely on Others

    President Spencer W. Kimball (18951985) taught, God

    does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually

    through another person that he meets our needs.9 We

    need to allow other people to be instruments in the Lords

    hands to help us through the challenges in lie.

    Let Adversity Make You a Better Person

    A woman in my stake ought a battle with cancer.Although she endured pains and heartache that ew peo-

    ple understood, she remained cheerul and optimistic. 10

    She wrote her own obituary, which, in part, reads:

    Today at the young age o 33 I let this mortal existence

    to a holier sphere. I was born . . . to wonderul parents . . .

    who taught me to live lie well. . . . We have three sweet

    children who I will miss greatly. At the young age o 29,

    I was introduced to something called cancer. Cancer was

    my great adversary, but I have learned that in this lie our

    enemies can become our choicest riends; the secret is in

    learning what to do with the confict.

    We are not always healed rom pain and sickness. Elder

    Dallin H. Oaks o the Quorum o the Twelve has said,

    Sometimes we are healed by being given strength or under-standing or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.11

    Live with Integrity

    When aced with seemingly insurmountable challenges,

    we may be tempted to take the easy way out. Although

    my riend Cody (name has been changed) has elt same-

    gender attractions his entire lie, he doesnt listen to

    the worlds view that he was born that way and has no

    accountability or his actions. He knows that the com-

    mandments and blessings o the gospel are as real and rel-

    evant to him as to anyone else. Cody is living his lie withintegrity to the principles he knows to be true. He knows

    that i he lives aithully, all the blessings o the gospel

    will be his, either in this lie or in the next. He knows that

    his present trials dont determine who he really is, but his

    responses to them will infuence who he will become.

    Yielding to adversity makes us weaker. Keeping the com-

    mandmentsno matter how tryingmakes us stronger and

    helps us overcome every challenge in lie. Through aith

    and the world we live in. We are mortals with

    bodies that will age and may become ill or injured.

    Yet other challenges come as a natural result ofmortality

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    F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 0 31

    and obedience, we qualiy or the divine spiritual guidance

    we need to guide us along unknown roads.

    Be Patient

    We live in a world o instant gratifcation. We want ast

    ood, quick loans, and instant solutions to our problems.

    However, the Lord may ask us to show our aith by endur-

    ing some problems patiently. Today, we may not be able

    to grasp all the reasons or our challenges or the oppor-

    tunities they will give us to grow. We may have to learn

    line upon line. As we patiently endure in righteousness,

    He may reveal to us greater understanding about our trials

    and the purpose o them in our lives.

    Keep an Eternal Perspective

    Some o the challenges we experience in this lie are

    conditions o mortality that will not continue into the next

    lie. President Brigham Young (18011877) taught: We talk

    about our trials and troubles here in this lie; but suppose thatyou could see yourselves thousands and millions o years

    ater you have proved aithul to your religion during the ew

    short years in this time, and have obtained eternal salvation

    and a crown o glory in the presence o God? Then look

    back upon your lives here, and see the losses, crosses, and

    disappointments, the sorrows . . . ; you would be constrained

    to exclaim, but what o all that? Those things were but or a

    moment, and we are now here. We have been aithul during

    a ew moments in our mortality, and now we enjoy eternal

    lie and glory, with power to progress in all the boundlessknowledge and through the countless stages o progression,

    enjoying the smiles and approbation o our Father and God,

    and o Jesus Christ our elder brother. 12

    Facing Advriy

    I we turn to Christ with aith and patience, we can have

    the strength we need to ace adversity. The doctrines o the

    restored gospel give us an eternal perspective that provides

    hope and courage to bear all o lies trials. Each o us has

    the strength to bear our challenges in lie because o whowe are, who God is, and who we are together

    From a devotional address given at Brigham Young UniversityIdaho on October

    30, 2007.


    1. See Richard G. Scott, Trust in the Lord,Ensign, Nov. 1995, 17.2. See Bruce C. Hafen, Beauty for Ashes: The Atonement of Jesus

    Christ,Ensign, Apr. 1990, 10.3. Quoted by Spencer W. Kimball inFaith Precedes the Miracle(1972),

    98. Also, Brigham Young taught, Every trial and experience you havepassed through is necessary for your salvation, Teachings of thePresidents of the Church: Brigham Young, 262.

    4. Quoted by David O. McKay,Relief Society Magazine, Jan. 1948, 8.5. Trust in the Lord, 17.6. Harold B. Lee, in Conference Report, Munich Germany Area

    Conference 1973, 114.7. Bruce C. Hafen, Beauty for Ashes,Ensign, Apr. 1990, 713; see also Dallin

    H. Oaks, He Heals the Heavy Laden,Liahona andEnsign, Nov. 2006, 69.8. Richard G. Scott, Finding Joy in Life,Ensign, May 1996, 25.9. Spencer W. Kimball, Small Acts of Service,Ensign, Dec. 1974, 5.

    10. See Joanne D. Smith, Annettes Halo,Ensign, Sept. 1991, 7173.11. He Heals the Heavy Laden, 78. See also Mosiah 24:1315.12. Brigham Young, inDeseret News, Nov. 9, 1859, 1.

    understand His teachings in our minds, feel

    them in our hearts, and live them in our lives.

    One purpose of trials is to help us come to knowChrist,

    For the full text in English, see

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    By Elder Paul B. Pieper

    Of the Seventy

    those who would remain faithful through their

    tribulations to the end. Of these he said, And they

    overcame him [the devil and his temptations] bythe blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their

    testimony(Revelation 12:11; emphasis added).

    John learned that reliance on a personal testimony

    of the Savior and His gospel is essential in order to

    remain faithful during times of testing and crisis.

    Each person who accepts the restored gospel

    of Jesus Christ receives a testimony by the power

    of the Holy Ghost that our Heavenly Father lives,

    Jesus Christ is the Savior, Joseph Smith is the

    prophet of the Restoration, the Book of Mormon istrue, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

    Saints is Gods only true and living church on the

    earth today. This testimony causes us to change

    our lives and chart a new course, conforming our

    lives to Heavenly Fathers will and command-

    ments. As we live the commandments, we receive

    blessings and additional spiritual witnesses that the

    doctrines and commandments are true.

    When we have fully repented, we are privi-

    leged to enter into the waters of baptism and becleansed from all of our sins. We then receive

    the gift of the Holy Ghost, which gives us a more

    powerful spiritual witness of the correctness of our

    path. The continuing witness of the Spirit becomes

    the testimony that anchors us to Jesus Christ and

    His restored gospel.

    For a time after baptism, our spiritual experi-

    ences are new and fresh in our minds. We feel the

    I testiy that as we turn to our testimony o Him in times o crisis, wecan fnd the strength to overcome all that we are asked to endure.

    32 E n s i g n

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    and withdraw rom the enlivening doctrines othe Restoration? No! She returned to the testimony

    she had received during her conversion and gave

    thanks to a loving Heavenly Father or bringing the

    gospel to her beore the crisis so that she would

    have the strength to endure it. With a witness o the

    reality o Gods plan, she could go on. She didnt

    have all the answers, but she had a testimony and

    relied on it or the strength to endure her trial.

    Gods plan is designed so that each o us will go

    through many trials in our lives. Trials are His wayo stretching us and helping us become as He is.

    Our crises will dier in magnitude and requency,

    but they will continue throughout our lives. As John

    learned, strength to overcome these trials and return

    to Heavenly Father is ound in the word o our

    testimonies. I testiy that as we turn to our testimony

    o Him in times o crisis, we can nd the strength to

    overcome all that we are asked to endure.

    infuence o the Spirit with us and the power and

    strength o our newound testimony. Time passes,

    and the truths we have ound become a routine

    part o our lives. We attend church, partake o the

    sacrament, and listen to lessons. We are comort-

    able with our lives and all is well. But then it hap-

    pens. Something upsets the rhythm o our livesa

    crisis, a mistake, a temptation, a distraction.

    In a moment lie changes and we are let

    searching or answers. This is a critical time o

    decision. How will we react? Where will we look

    to nd the answers we need?

    This is the moment when eternal destinies are

    orged in the quiet reaches o the heart and mind

    as we struggle to respond to a personal trial. At

    such moments we can choose to remember the

    spiritual witnesses and testimony we have receivedand rely on the Lord to help us through the chal-

    lenge in a way consistent with His teachings and

    commandments. Or we can discount the sacred

    whisperings we have received rom the Spirit and

    turn to our own or anothers wisdom or a solution.

    As John saw, in the end only those who choose to

    rely consistently and completely on their testimo-

    nies will be able to overcome all things in mortality

    and stand worthily beore God at the last day.

    A new convert to the Church taught me thislesson and strengthened my aith. This woman

    was converted to the Church in a land where the

    gospel was new. She gained a testimony o its

    truthulness and embraced it with all her heart. The

    gospel brought her something she had known little

    ohope. Her only son, who had struggled or

    years to overcome an addiction, began to attend

    church meetings with her and to change. Her heart

    rejoiced. She nally had hope that he could over-

    come his past and nd happiness together with her.But then her trial came. One night he came

    home late ater being out with old riends and

    engaging in old ways. By morning he was dead.

    How would she react to her trial? Would the

    emotion o a mother grieving the loss o her only

    son overcome her? Would she begin to question her

    Heavenly Father, as others did, wondering why He

    would let this happen? Would she become bitter

    M a r c h 2 0 1 0 33

    Gods planis designed

    so that each

    of us will

    go through

    many trials

    . . . . Trials

    are His way

    of . . . helping

    us become as

    He is.

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    As a runner, I ound that endurance came

    naturally, both on and o the race course.

    I never looked at trials as adversity

    just challenges to meet head-on and with great

    intensity. I gured I could grit my teeth and get

    through any physical, emotional, or other struggle.

    Because this method worked well or me both

    in running and in other areas o my lie, I thought

    that to endure meant to hang on throughsomething unpleasant; then, ater it ended, I

    could move on to the good stu and be happy.

    Seven years ago, I didnt oten have to get

    through something unpleasant. I was newly

    married to my husband, Lee, who was nish-

    ing graduate school. I had a successul career

    as a legal negotiator. I worked entirely rom

    home and mostly on my own schedule, and

    I was able to accept and reuse assignments

    as my time and liestyle permitted. I also rana 30-student piano studio out o our home. In

    addition, I was doing trail runs every week,

    mountain biking whenever I ancied, and taking

    yoga and kickboxing classes regularly. I was in

    the best health o my lie.

    A short time later, when I became pregnant,

    everything turned upside-down. I went rom

    running hal-marathons with ease to being

    unable to walk up the stairs without eeling

    dizzy. I couldnt teach piano lessons anymore

    because I was unable to sit upright through a

    hal-hour session. I still managed to do some

    contract negotiations while lying in bed

    but would have to excuse mysel

    rom conerence calls when I

    became sick. I became dehy-

    drated. At a time I should havebeen gaining weight, I lost almost

    15 percent o my body weight and

    had to receive IV fuids on several

    occasions. And instead o being

    happy, glowing, and looking orward

    to the birth o our rst child, I was a

    depressed shadow o my ormer sel.

    Fortunately, with the help o doctors,

    medication, and my clear-headed and

    kind husband, I got through thosedicult nine months and gave birth

    to a healthy baby boy. I thought I

    had successully passed through

    what would be the most di-

    cult trial o my lienow

    I could move on to the

    good stu. Little did

    I know.



    34 E n s i g n

    I used to think that happiness comes after the hard part is over.

    But I have learned that we can be happy while enduring.

    E n d u r i n g

    WellBy Emma Petty Addams

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    The Meaning of

    The Word EndurE


    ndure to the End:

    To remain true tothe commandments of

    God despite temptation,

    opposition, and adversity

    throughout life.Preach My Gospel(2004), 70.

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    What ollowed in the

    next ew years was more

    challenging. Our son

    was colicky and restless,

    and he slept only in small

    chunks o time, even

    beyond his newborn days.

    My ather, who was in his

    early 50s and was enjoy-

    ing being a grandpa or

    the rst time, was diag-

    nosed with cancer andpassed away much too

    soon. I started experienc-

    ing debilitating migraine

    headaches on a regular

    basis. Our amily moved

    rom Caliornia to New

    York, where I had another

    dicult pregnancy and elt

    drained as I tried to keep

    up with two young childrenin a small Manhattan apart-

    ment. But I was surviving

    it all with constant support

    and love rom my hus-

    band, as well as increased

    respite as he took over my

    responsibilities during the

    most overwhelming times.

    I knew that trials were part o this lie. As President Wilord

    Woodru (180798) stated: I have never read o the peo-ple o God in any dispensation passing through lie, as the

    sectarian world would say, on fowery beds o ease, without

    opposition o any kind.1

    As ar as our diculties were concerned, I had resolved to

    just wait it out, pushing through whatever the current chal-

    lenge was and trusting that things would be so much better

    once it was resolved. This cant be real life, I thought. I just

    needed to hold on, knowing this too would pass.

    At the oreront o our

    struggles was evidence that

    our rst child was not devel-

    oping and communicating

    the way other children his

    age were. Beore long, he

    was diagnosed with autism.

    Maybe thats when

    I began to realize that

    enduring adversity means

    more than getting through

    it. With autism, there isno such thing as sitting

    tight and letting it pass or

    work itsel out. There is no

    guarantee that our son will

    push through to the next

    developmental stage on his

    own or that he will grow

    out o his dicult behav-

    iors. These experiences as

    a mother o a child withspecial needs have vastly

    changed my perspective

    about adversity and have

    helped me learngradual-

    lywhat has been the most

    important lesson o my lie:

    It is not enough to have

    trials and to get through

    them. We have to endure them well.

    Because o what our amily has experienced, we eelgreater empathy or others struggles, whatever they may

    be and nd ourselves reaching or a greater understanding

    o the Saviors love or us. We are learning that through

    our active use o the Atonement, it is indeed possible to be

    troubled on every side, yet not distressed; . . . perplexed,

    but not in despair;

    Persecuted, but not orsaken, cast down, but not

    destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:810).

    Happiness amid adversity

    When I was young I lovedplaying sports, and I havemany ond memories o those

    days. But not all o them are pleas-

    ant. I remember one day ater my

    ootball team lost a tough game,

    I came home eeling discouraged.My mother was there. She listened

    to my sad story. She taught her

    children to trust in themselves and each other, not blame

    others or their misortunes, and give their best eort in

    everything they attempted.

    When we ell down, she expected us to pick ourselves

    up and get going again. So the advice my mother gave to

    me then wasnt altogether unexpected. It has stayed with

    me all my lie.

    Joseph, she said, come what may, and love it.

    I have oten reected on that counsel.

    I think she may have meant that every lie has peaks

    and shadows and times when it seems that the birds dont

    sing and bells dont ring. Yet in spite o discouragement

    and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way

    o learning rom difcult times, becoming stronger, wiser,

    and happier as a result. . . .

    How can we love days that are flled with sorrow? We

    cantat least not in the moment. I dont think my mother

    was suggesting that we suppress discouragement or deny

    the reality o pain. I dont think she was suggesting that we

    smother unpleasant truths beneath a cloak o pretended

    happiness. But I do believe that the way we react to adver-sity can be a major actor in how happy and successul we

    can be in lie.

    I we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times

    can be times o greatest growth, which in turn can lead

    toward times o greatest happiness.

    Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1917

    2008), Come What May, and Love It, Ensign, Nov. 2008, 26.

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    In James 5:1011 this lack o despair is

    pushed one step urther: Take, my brethren,

    the prophets, who have spoken in the name o

    the Lord, or an example o suering aiction,

    and o patience.

    Behold, we count them happywhich

    endure (emphasis added).

    In my ormer understanding o endur-

    ance, happiness came at the end, afterthe

    hard part is over. But this scripture, coupled

    with my own experiences, taught me that

    you can be happy whileenduring. Eventhough I have come to an intellectual

    understanding o this truth, certainly

    I am still learning how to put it into

    practice. But I know that what

    lies at the heart o the principle is

    where we put our trust; and when