Monday, November 18, 2013


There is a sister here in the branch whose daughter wandered away from the Gospel and moved out of the house and the mom was rather upset and distrught, thinking that she had failed because her daughter didn`t make the decisions that she had been taught to make. It wasn`t until she accepted that her daughter would always be the only one who could make her decisions and all that she could do as a mother was teach, instruct, and advise, then she was able to find peac knowing that she had done her part.

In his suffering and anguish after long months of being seperated from his family, the prophet Joseph cried out to God in prayer asking, "O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place? How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries? Yea, O Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs and unlawful oppresions, before thine heart shall be softened toward them, and thy bowels be moved with compassion toward them? O Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven, earth, and seas, and of all things that in them are, and who controllest and subjectest the devil, and the dark and benighted dominion of Sheol—stretch forth thy hand; let thine eye pierce; let thy pavilion be taken up; let thy hiding place no longer be covered; let thine ear be inclined; let thine heart be softened, and thy bowels moved with compassion toward us."

In respons eot Joseph the Lord said, "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high. Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands. Thou art not yet as Job; thy friends do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job.

On an earlier occasion, the Lord reminded His servants of the sufferering that he endured in the garden by saying, "how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not. Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink."

In His divine love, the Savior has said to us and invited us, "I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer. Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me. I am Jesus Christ."

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