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January 24, 2021 - Apples to Oranges

The point is that faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf. That can be difficult in our modern world when many have come to believe that the highest good in life is to avoid all suffering, that no one should ever anguish over anything. But that belief will never lead us to 'the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.'

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Waiting on the Lord", General Conference, October 2020

In sacrament meeting today, one of our full-time missionaries spoke about Elder Holland's talk last conference and it got me thinking.

We cannot compare ourselves with others. Specifically, we cannot compare our blessings and their timing with those that others receive. Blessings from the Lord are absolutely individual. They are based on our own unique circumstances, and intents of our hearts, and our efforts.

While someone can be healed instantly from a devastating disease, someone else will have to suffer and wander in "the desert" of their own devastating disease for 40 years, or longer.

The point is that only the Lord knows exactly what lessons we need to learn. He will not and does not compare us with another of His children. I don't know how He does it but He is so involved in my life separately from your life. He knows what I need, He knows what you need, He knows what every single person needs.

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