Sometimes, we question why certain things happen to us. We feel we have been handed a lot that’s so unfair. We want to shake our fists heaven ward and scream, what kind of God would do this. Agency is a beautiful gift, but it also means we cannot control everything that happens to us or to others.
I love the words of Richard D. Scott when he said, “When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this, now? What have I done to cause this? will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? This life is an experience in profound trust-trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings. To trust means to obey willingly without knowing the end from the beginning. To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience.”
Having trust in the Lord begins with asking Heavenly Father in sincere prayer to bless us with needed faith. Miracles can be brought about by simply having faith the size of a mustard seed. The master Healer will work miracles in us if we will ask. He is there for us and will help us.
Tonight, I was reading 1 Nephi Chapter 3. In this section we learn that Nephi and his brothers are commanded to go back to Jerusalem to collect the brass plates from Laban. The brass plates contained a geneology of their ancestors. I love the faith that Nephi had when asked by his father Lehi to go and bring them back. He told his father, ” I will go and do the things which the Lord had commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” Nephi truly trusted the Lord. I love that the Lord protected Nephi as he did what was required of him.
One of the things that we have been asked to do in this day and age is geneology work. If we are struggling with any trial in life, this is a great way to forget ourselves and go to work. We are promised protection and strength if we do genealogy work.
Even though the following was addressed to the youth, it likewise applies to all.
Simple Steps to Find Powerful Spiritual Protection
What requires the use of a computer and the Internet but costs less than unlimited texting, blesses more people than a Facebook posting, and offers more protection than a case for your smartphone?
If you said participating in family history, you’d be correct.
“It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies,” says Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation” (“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 26).
So what blessings are in store for young people who make time to search for their own family names and prepare them for temple ordinances? One of the greatest blessings, according to Elder Bednar, is protection “against the intensifying influence of the adversary” (“The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” 27).
Recently, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also said in regards to participating in family history and temple work: “I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life” (“The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 94).
In addition, Elder Scott and Elder Bednar have promised the following blessings:
- Your conversion to the Savior will become deeper.
- You will receive light and knowledge through the Holy Ghost.
- Your testimony will be strengthened.
- Your patriarchal blessing will become more meaningful.
- Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will grow.
- You will have greater opportunities to serve.
- Your service in the temple will become more sacred.
“Have you prayed about your own ancestors?” asks Elder Scott. “Set aside those things in your life that don’t really matter. Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences” (Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 95). – LDS.org
If we are looking to be strengthened, striving to overcome great challenges, we can find purpose as we learn how to find and search out our ancestors. This is something I am thinking we need to start doing more in our family. I know as we trust in the Lord and do the things we have been asked, we can be protected and our faith will be increased.