November 30, 2005


What is more common than uncertainty? How do we deal with every day of our lives when really so much of it is unknown?

Here are some thoughts:

"We must develop sufficient independence of judgment and maturity of perspective that we are prepared to handle the shafts and whirlwinds of adversity and contradiction as they come to us. When those times come, we cannot be living on borrowed light. We should not be deceived by the clear-cut labels others may use to describe circumstances that are, in fact, not so clear. Our encounters with reality and disappointment are, in fact, vital stages in the development of our maturity and understanding." Bruce C. Hafen

November 26, 2005

Flip It - the Supply Chain of Life

Flipping it – Romans 12:21 – BE not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Jeffrey R. Holland - “When all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Prov. 3:11–12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.

Flipping it – on the supply chain of life your grip on your suppliers may not be what you want it to be and you may be handed a few bad parts here and there but ultimately you are in charge of what you manufacture – take and learn from it – you can take what you went through and now bless others . . . if you really think about it you are simply and purely becoming more like Jesus, and isn’t that the point of our existence . . . .

1) “Mortality presents us with numerous opportunities to become more Christlike: first, by coping successfully with those of life's challenges which are "common to man[kind]" (1 Cor. 10:13). In addition, there are also our customized trials such as experiencing illness, aloneness, persecution, betrayal, irony, poverty, false witness, unreciprocated love, et cetera. If endured well now, "all these things" can be for our good and can "greatly enlarge the soul," including an enlarged capacity for joy (D&C 122:7; 121:42). Meek suffering often does the excavating necessary for that enlarging!” Elder Neal A. Maxwell (October 1997 General Conference)

2) “Another thing will happen: We will become much more aware of and alive to the many possibilities for doing good that re present in life’s daily situations. Even the moments that seem humdrum are full of possibilities. Nothing is really routine.” Neal A. Maxwell