“When suffering, we may in fact be nearer to God than we have ever been…”


I have been spending much of my time the past few evenings, clearing up some falsehoods and misconceptions about our beliefs posted by another blogger. I am hoping it has helped readers to know the truth.  However, it has put the post I am working on, on the back burner.

I am posting this video, in the meantime, to share how faith in Jesus Christ has enabled another blogger, Stephanie, to face the challenges she faces, with joy and peace, after her tragic accident.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve said, “Whenever these moments of our extremity come, we must not succumb to the fear that God has abandoned us. … We must continue to believe, continue to have faith, continue to pray and plead with heaven even if we feel for a time our prayers are not heard and that God has somehow gone away. He is there. Our prayers are heard, and when we weep, He and the angels of heaven weep with us. …

“When suffering, we may in fact be nearer to God than we have ever been in our entire lives. That knowledge can turn every such situation into a would-be temple.”

Regarding our earthly journey, the Lord has promised:

I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. [D&C 84:88]

That is an everlasting declaration of God’s love and care for us, including—and perhaps especially—in times of trouble. (Jeffrey R. Holland, Sept 7, 2008, CES Fireside)

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2 thoughts on ““When suffering, we may in fact be nearer to God than we have ever been…”

    1. Thanks for commenting. I have experienced heart-wrenching trials which have brought me even closer to the Lord than I could ever have imagined. I am thankful for that.

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