This past General Conference has been awesome. All of the talks were so uplifting and inspiring. One of my favorite talks was given by Elder Stanley G. Ellis. It is called “Do We Trust Him? Hard is Good”
Just a little recap; Elder Ellis talked about how we need trials and how they are a part of life. Even the members of the Godhead are familiar with hard things. He said:
“In the world of nature, hard is part of the circle of life. It is hard for a baby chick to hatch out of that tough eggshell. But when someone tries to make it easier, the chick does not develop the strength necessary to live. In a similar way, the struggle of a butterfly to escape the cocoon strengthens it for the life it will live.
Through these examples, we see that hard is the constant! We all have challenges. The variable is our reaction to the hard.” -Elder Stanley Ellis
I love this quote. Trials make us stronger! At first it may not seem to be worth the struggle, pain, or heartache, but looking back, we can see that we have been strengthened. Not only are we strengthened, but we can have help. Christ can offer peace and comfort, even during hardships. Why is this? Well, most know that it is because He has felt all of our sins, pains, struggles, and heartbreak. He truly can succor his people.
I think it is really interesting how Elder Ellis says that “…hard is the constant!” and “The variable is our reaction to the hard.” We will always have trials, but our reaction can mean a lot. For example, the Children of Israel had lots of hard trials. They were slaves to the Egyptians for many generations and they wandered in the wilderness for many years. Even so, the Lord led them by a pillar of fire and provided food and water for them. Although they could have been grateful to be out of bondage (and they were for a short time), they choose to complain about many things.
A very different example are the pioneers. They also had many hard trials. They were persecuted and killed. They had to leave behind their homes (and sometimes family) to be safe in Utah. But, the pioneers chose to be grateful and have hope, instead of complaining. They were able to endure their hardships because of their faith and love for God.
I know that we all be comforted by Jesus Christ and even though we have trials, we can still have a good attitude, even if it is hard.