Sometimes these come through health problems or the actions of others.
Sometimes they come through natural causes, like natural disasters.
Sometimes they come through the actions of ourselves.
We all have problems in our lives that are too big for us to handle by ourselves.
That's kind of the point of the trial, right?
We came to earth to learn and grow and be tested.
Our tests are to teach US.
We came here excited to get bodies, to learn and to grow and to experience things that we couldn't do without our bodies and without a separation from our Heavenly Parents.
Sometimes we get complacent here and without a big trial here and there, we may not get around to pursuing further light and knowledge.
Mosiah 3:19 "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."
As we are tested, we have a choice.
The great gift of agency means that we always have a choice.
We can choose HAPPINESS, LOVE and JOY. (Man is that he might have joy!)
Or we can choose SADNESS, ANGER or FEAR.
We can choose to walk in faith, our path illuminated only a few steps at a time,
or we can choose to be frozen in fear, waiting to move until we KNOW,
or we can choose to walk away from Christ.
I believe that our trials come to us by way of invitation.
We are invited to come unto Christ, to cast our burdens on HIM, to learn about the amazing healing power of His atoning sacrifice and the cleansing, comforting power of our Savior's love.
This is our test and opportunity and our gift, if we choose to act upon it.
I also believe that we don't have to grow only through trials. We can choose to grow through Joyful Experiences too. It's a choice.
I have learned some things about the Atonement of Jesus Christ that I want to share with you.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares a story in his talk, "Your Potential, Your Privileges" about a man who dreams of going on a cruise. He is so excited to go on this cruise so he saves up his money for a long time, until he finally has enough. He books his cruise, using all the money he has. He brings along canned food and water because he doesn't have any extra money left after paying for his cruise. He goes on the cruise but doesn't partake of any of the beautiful meals provided, or any of the shows or entertainment. He feels badly about this. He enjoys the cruise but spends much of the time in his cabin. On the last night of the cruise he learns from a crew member that all of the beautiful meals and shows were INCLUDED in the price of the cruise. They were already paid for. He missed out on so many wonderful parts of his cruise. Pres. Uchtdorf says many of us are like this man. We are living far below our privileges.
Heavenly Father desires to bless us with all manner of blessings but we need to ASK for them. Ask and Ye Shall Receive. Seek and Ye Shall Find. He desires to relieve us of our heavy burdens but we need to ASK for this relief. Our burdens, like this man's cruise, have already been paid for. We don't need to spend this life sitting in our cabins, eating canned food.
So, how do we go about asking for this relief? How do we use the healing power of our Savior? I've been seeking this for a while now. Here are a few things I've learned.
In the Book of Mormon, Enos reveals some great keys to actually USING the Atoning Power of Jesus Christ. The Atonement stands as a marvelous mystery that no one will fully understand in this life, but the power of Christ's Atonement is real and we should use it.
Start with verses 2-8. (Study the rest of the book later. It's a tiny little gem.)
Enos 1:And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins.