NORMAN — Many challenges and trials come upon us as we journey through life. These challenges may be emotional, spiritual or physical in nature. It may include a severed relationship, a task in school or work we fear may lead to failure, or even the loss of a loved one. Our trials will at times bring us to our knees and cause us to ask, “What shall I do? What decision should I make that is right which will give me peace?”
We seek what is best, but are often confused by options that are laid before us. We might seek to follow previously patterned behaviors by those we surround ourselves with. We might choose to lean on a substance or an individual to resolve the burden that is placed upon us, but that will only subdue the pain temporarily. There are many choices that we can select to resolve our concerns, whether they be wise or foolish. It is the choices that we make in response to those challenges and trials, that will build or break our moral character and who we are.
There is a way to elevate us through these trials and that is turning to our dear Savior, Jesus Christ. He has beckoned to us, as He has proclaimed, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest in your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Through His deep, abiding love, He seeks to grasp us out of the chains of the adversary. If we will turn to Him, He will ease our burdens and bring peace to our hearts. We can turn to Him in prayer, obedience to His commandments, and serving our fellow brothers and sisters.
May we all remember this Easter season that sacred act our Savior performed in the Garden of Gethsemane when He took upon Himself the ultimate burden of our sins, sufferings and trials, so that we might have peace and overcome the adversity that is placed before us. He is there for us to turn to, but we need to remember what He stated when He said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
I share my belief that our Father in Heaven has a plan for us and that we are His literal children. In that great plan our Father has provided a Savior which is Jesus Christ, and that only through Him may we return to live with Him and with our families for all eternity. As we reflect on our divine nature, we will be better equipped in making our decisions. We will receive peace and comfort that is made available to us, if we will turn to Christ.