We Overcome Challenges Through Jesus Christ

I approach a General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, like many others do, with personal questions that I’m considering. I trust they will be answered.

What were some of your questions this conference?

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to ask in question form so I asked for understanding about faith, loving others, confidence in revelation, and how and what to do to maintain faith in my present challenges. You see, just as I “closed the book” on our financial challenges with the publication of Twelve Stones to Remember Him, I received a new health challenge. Next week I’m having an appendectomy. And I’m a little scared.

So, what are your concerns? What are your challenges?

My friend posted one of her “questions” that occurred right during the conference weekend:

“! fell sick right now ūüôĀ Just realized I’ve lost $40. The worst feeling is that I have no idea when and where. The $ was in my purse for a bill for couple of weeks. Oh why?”

I felt sick with her. But this morning, she posted this:

“Who says that Heavenly Father is not real? I woke up in the middle of the night last night and head a whisper telling me to go out in the garage and dig in our garbage trash. There were 5 smelly big black bags. I started transferring trash from one bag to an empty one until I opened the last stickiest bag and started digging. That’s when I found my money!!! The Holly Ghost is real and Heavenly Father does speak to his children in our day. I know it.¬†¬†I have the best Father ever!!!!”

Her answer did not come from a particular speaker and the words, but it did come because she was seeking heaven’s help.

She said,

“The best part of this story is that my kids were able to see it all and in fact they had prayed with me for help. We talked about how real Heavenly Father is and how important is to act on the promptings of the Holy Ghost.”

Answers come not just on “spiritually high” weekends, twice a year, but any time we choose to seek help from God, our Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, and listen to the Holy Ghost to receive an answer.

Jean A. Stevens talked on Sunday about not making a personal crisis become a crisis of faith. She said,

“Not every prayer is answered so quickly, but truly Our Father knows us and hears the pleadings of our hearts. We can trust that He will help us, not necessarily in the way that we want, but in the way that will best help us to grow. . . .¬†God our Father knows us personally and reaches out to help us. Through His beloved son, Jesus Christ, we may overcome the challenges of this world and be safely delivered home.”

Overcome Challenges Through Jesus Christ

Here’s what other Church leaders said at General Conference about overcoming challenges with faith in Jesus Christ:

From Elder Neil L. Andersen who talked about spiritual whirlwinds. 

“Challenges will come to you, but, as you trust in God, they will strengthen your faith.”

From President Dieter F. Uchtdorf who talked about Being Grateful in Any Circumstance.

“Everyone‚Äôs situation is different, and the details of each life are unique. Nevertheless, I have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives. There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, even joyful, and even glorious.¬†We can be grateful.

Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I‚Äôm suggesting that instead of being ‚Äėthankful for things‚Äô we focus on being ‚Äėthankful in our circumstances‚Äô ‚ÄĒ whatever they may be.

Gratitude to our Father in Heaven broadens our perception and clears our vision. It inspires humility and fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God‚Äôs creation. Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes.”

From Elder Michael John U. Teh 

“In times of calamity or tragedy, the Lord has a way of refocusing our priorities. All of a sudden, all the material things we worked so hard to acquire do not matter. All that matters is our family and our relationships with others.”

From President Henry B Eyring, who talked about hope, said that because Adam and Eve fell

“we have universal temptation, trials and death. . . .¬†However, our loving Heavenly Father gave us the gift of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior. That great gift and blessing of the Atonement of Jesus Christ brings a universal inheritance: the promise of the resurrection and the possibility of eternal life to all who are born.”

And, in one of the best understandings about how burdens can bring blessings, Elder David A. Bednar talked about yoking ourselves with Jesus Christ so that we can Bear Up Our Burdens with Ease. 

“It is one thing to know that Jesus Christ came to earth to¬†die¬†for us, but we also need to appreciate that the Lord desires, through His Atonement and by the power of the Holy Ghost, to¬†enliven¬†us ‚ÄĒ not only to guide but also to strengthen and heal us.

He can reach out, touch, succor, heal and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power.”

Unlike my friend who found the money she lost, my answers weren’t revealed in a tangible way. But like her, the Spirit strengthened my spirit to know what I can do to love my family and be grateful and approach my surgery without fear and my recovery with optimism and hope.

How? I’m holding on to my own memorial of twelve stones, which is my testimony of Jesus Christ.

How about you? How have your questions been answered?




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