Essential Takeaway: Uncomfortable is supposed to happen
This week (making up for missing last week) I want to highlight Elder Holland’s talk Waiting on the Lord. This was the talk I waited all conference weekend for. He spoke to ME! I loved it. I cried. I laughed. I said a prayer of thanks when it was all done. He starts with these questions and they are the same questions I have been asking myself. “How long do we wait for relief from hardships that come upon us? What about enduring personal trials while we wait and wait, and help seems so slow in coming? Why the delay when burdens seem more than we can bear?” The lesson from this talk can be summed up in this quote: “The point? The point is that faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf. That can be difficult in our modern world when many have come to believe that the highest good in life is to avoid all suffering, that no one should ever anguish over anything. But that belief will never lead us to “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” We need to hang on! As I have said in other blogs, we need to trust the plan. We need to stick to the plan. I’ll end with this last quote from Elder Holland: “Christianity is comforting, but it is often not comfortable. The path to holiness and happiness here and hereafter is a long and sometimes rocky one. It takes time and tenacity to walk it. But, of course, the reward for doing so is monumental.” Get uncomfortable. Find your hiking shoes and your tenacity.