A couple of years ago, my sister had two very good options for her future and after praying about it for months, she had finally chosen. When it wasn’t the option that my parents wanted her to choose after they had prayed about it, they were very upset. Their arguments went on for weeks and it was taking its toll on my other siblings and I. One day, when I felt that I couldn’t take it anymore, I locked myself in a quiet room with my younger brother and I asked him to pick any number between 1 and 531 (pages in the Book of Mormon). My seven year old brother must have been inspired because without hesitation, he said, “162!” When I flipped to that page, he blindly pointed to verse 33 of Mosiah chapter 7. And now my all-time favorite scripture is Mosiah 7:33. The verse says
“But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.”
If you are going through hard times, it’s okay to slow down and take a breath, everyone has to! The trials that you are enduring right now will only help you to become the person that Heavenly Father wants you to become. He knows your potential, and He is willing to help you reach it… IF you will turn to Him and have faith.
Over time, I have realized that Heavenly Father will never turn someone away when they ask Him for help. For a while, I questioned why, but now I know that it is because you are His child and your struggles don’t define you, but how you respond to them does.
I encourage you to respond to your trials with faith, to turn to the Lord when you feel least inclined to, and to share your experience of turning to Him with others.