He and his wife, Neill, and their sons Will, Wesley, and Trace lived near us. They had left their home, their business, and many in their family to respond to a call from the prophet to serve a mission.
Trial of faith
President Marriott called me one afternoon. Their precious, righteous year-old daughter, Georgia, a senior in violin performance at Indiana University, had been hit by a truck while riding her bicycle home after a Church meeting. On first report, Georgia was doing well. Hours later her condition dramatically worsened. Family and friends began fasting and praying for a miracle for Georgia.
Her mother flew through the night from Brazil. Arriving in Indiana the next day, she was met by her older children, who tearfully explained that they had been with Georgia as she passed away. I watched the Marriott family at the time of this experience and in the months and years that followed.
They wept, they prayed, they spoke of Georgia, they felt immense pain and sadness, but their faith did not falter. The gift of faith is a priceless spiritual endowment. It is bolstered by our knowledge that the fulness of the gospel has been restored to the earth, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that prophets and apostles today hold the keys of the priesthood. We treasure our Trial of faith, work to strengthen our faith, pray for increased faith, Trial of faith do all within our power to protect and defend our faith.
These fiery trials are deed to make you stronger, but they have the potential to diminish or even destroy your trust in the Son of God and to weaken your resolve to keep your promises to Him. These trials are often camouflaged, making them difficult to identify. They take root in our weaknesses, our vulnerabilities, our sensitivities, or in those things that matter most to us. A real but manageable test for one can be a fiery trial for another. You immerse yourself in the very things that helped build your core of faith: you exercise faith in Christ, you pray, you ponder the scriptures, you repent, you keep the commandments, and you serve others.
Distancing yourself from the kingdom of God during a trial of faith is like leaving the safety of a secure storm cellar just as the tornado comes into view.
Meeting together with others who believe, we pray and find answers to our prayers; we worship through music, share testimony of the Savior, serve one another, and feel the Spirit of the Lord. We partake of the sacrament, receive the blessings of the priesthood, and attend the temple.
Trials of faith
There is always a place for you here. President Thomas S. Behaviors … once … considered inappropriate and immoral are now … viewed by … many as acceptable. There are many single adults in the Church well beyond their early adult years.
While finding their present life different than they had anticipated, they keep the law of chastity. I express my deep respect and admiration for these disciples of Christ.
The trial of your faith
Our family has a friend. You probably know someone like her, or perhaps you are like her. Always faithful, serves nobly in the Church, admired professionally, adored by her family, and while she anticipated marriage and children, she is single. Going to the temple frequently helps me keep a more eternal focus.
Trial of your faith
It reminds me I am never alone. I have faith … that no … blessing will be withheld … as I … remain faithful to my covenants, including the law of chastity.
Another friend served an outstanding mission, followed by rigorous academic training. He hoped to have a family. His trial of faith: feelings of same-sex attraction.
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Whether that will occur in this life or the next, I do not know. I am blessed with good health, the gospel, a loving family, and loyal friends. I am grateful for my many blessings. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Here is another trial. There have always been a few who want to discredit the Church and to destroy faith.
Today they use the Internet. Some of the information about the Church, no matter how convincing, is just not true. InI remember a colleague walking into my business office in Florida.
My colleague asked if this new information would destroy the Mormon Church. The article quoted a man who said he was leaving the Church over the document.
Later, others reportedly left the Church. A few Trial of faith later, experts discovered and the forger confessed that the letter was a complete fraud. I remember really hoping that those who had left the Church because of this deception would find their way back. A few question their faith when they find a statement made by a Church leader decades ago that seems incongruent with our doctrine. There is an important principle that governs the doctrine of the Church. The doctrine is taught by all 15 members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve.
It is not hidden in an obscure paragraph of one talk. True principles are taught frequently and by many. Our doctrine is not difficult to find. The leaders of the Church are honest but imperfect men. By definition, trials will be trying. There may be anguish, confusion, sleepless nights, and pillows wet with tears. But our trials need not be spiritually fatal. They need not take us from our covenants or from the household of God. Like Trial of faith intense fire that transforms iron into steel, as we remain faithful during the fiery trial of our faith, we are spiritually refined and strengthened.
Elder D. The fact that I was forced to turn to God for help almost daily over an extended period of years taught me truly how to pray and get answers to prayer and taught me in a very practical way to have faith in God. I came to know my Savior and my Heavenly Father in a way and to a degree that might not have happened otherwise or that might have taken me much longer to achieve.
I learned to walk with Him day by day. I Trial of faith with the story of the Marriott family. Ten years have passed. Family and friends spoke of the love and memories they have of Georgia. There were white helium balloons to celebrate her life. With faith come trials of faith, bringing increased faith.
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