Seek for the Eternal…Come What May and Love It!
“Learning to endure times of disappointment, suffering, and sorrow is part of our on-the-job training. These experiences, while often difficult to bear at the time, are precisely the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others.”
Youth, we are going to have MANY times of disappointment whether the disappointment is about big things or the small. We are going to feel sorrow every now and then and in the end we WILL learn from it. I love how Elder Worthlin described these times of trial, it is our on-the-job training. So the next time your parents tell you to get a job you can say living is one....just kidding :)
Last Thanksgiving we had a family contest, to see who could build the best gingerbread house. My sister Emily, and my niece Madison were on my team. We only had 20 minutes to complete the house and so we had to work FAST. At the end we had to do a presentation of our gingerbread house. As you can see, we are not the most talented builders...My niece Madison did not think it was as funny as we did. She was experiencing the sorrow of losing the contest. It was something that she had really wanted to WIN! After losing the contest she turned to her mother to find comfort. Her mom was able to get her to calm down and realize it was just a game. In that short moment she was able to have an experience that was hard for her and she had someone to turn to. Just like Madison was able to turn to her mom, I know we can all turn to our Heavenly Father when we go through something we are not used to. Heavenly Father puts us ALL through DIFFERENT trials for a reason to see if we will turn to him :)