Category Archives: Adversity

Why Would God “Inflict” Things on Us?

This is the second of three posts in response to a question I received last week. Yesterday, I wrote that God’s love is most clearly demonstrated in the life and suffering of Jesus Christ, that the Savior feels genuine empathy … Continue reading

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What Is the Purpose of Suffering?

Why isn’t life easier? Some people suffer more than others, and some trials are harder than others, but we all suffer to some degree and in some way. Why? Lehi’s son Jacob was born in the wilderness, far from the … Continue reading

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Which Fruit in the Garden of Eden Was Bitter, and Which Was Sweet?

Lehi had a clear message for his son Jacob: The adversity and the afflictions we experience in life don’t have to drag us down. They can lift us up. Lehi acknowledged that Jacob had faced many trials but assured him … Continue reading

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Helaman Teaches His Sons – Helaman 5:6-12

Setting Two brothers, Nephi and Lehi, remembered the teachings of their father, Helaman, as they began a missionary journey. Purpose Helaman’s purpose in teaching his sons was to remind them of the core doctrines of the gospel and to encourage them … Continue reading

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God Has…Made These Things Known Unto Me – Alma 36:4-5

4 And I would not that ye think that I know of myself—not of the temporal but of the spiritual, not of the carnal mind but of God. 5 Now, behold, I say unto you, if I had not been … Continue reading

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In the Furnace of Affliction – 1 Nephi 20:10

10 For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. (1 Nephi 20:10, Isaiah 48:10) Why do we experience trials? Isaiah gives two reasons in the passage above. Speaking on behalf of the Lord, … Continue reading

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Lessons from Chapters About Government in the Book of Mormon

During the month of May, I studied chapters in the Book of Mormon which discuss governments: the characteristics of good governments, the characteristics of good leaders, what we can do to contribute to good governments, and how to avoid activities … Continue reading

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