June 6, 2020 - I'm so excited!

When in situations of stress we wonder if there is any more in us to give, we can be comforted to know that God, who knows our capacity perfectly, placed us here to succeed. No one was foreordained to fail or to be wicked. When we have been weighed and found wanting, let us remember that we were measured before and we were found equal to our tasks; and, therefore, let us continue, but with a more determined discipleship. When we feel overwhelmed, let us recall the assurance that God will not overprogram us; he will not press upon us more than we can bear (D&C 50:40).

Elder Neil A. Maxwell, "Meeting the Challenges of Today", BYU Speeches, October 10, 1978

Many times, as I sit and ponder my life, and the blessings that I have, as well as what I call "challenging blessings", or the challenges that I battle through daily, that don't seem like blessings at all, but are teaching me things that I wouldn't otherwise learn. Therefore, they are indeed blessings.

As I ponder on this, I often think of what it was like to learn of these blessings and challenges in my pre-mortal existence for the first time. Was it like the excitement and surprise of opening a mission call? A mission call to earth? Where I would be born, what my family would be like, what challenges I would face, what joys I would receive, etc.? Did my loved ones gather around me to see where I was going? Were my parents, brothers and sisters, even my wife and kids there too? Was Heavenly Father and Mother there?

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One thing that I know is that I accepted it all, I agreed to it all. I trusted that I would not get a call that wasn't in my capacity or personality to fulfill. That helps me through the especially difficult moments in life. Knowing that I knew this all would happen and that I agreed to it. So I must've known at some point that I could handle whatever comes my way.

I'll admit, I sometimes question what I must've been thinking then. But then I come to realize that there must've been a reason that I haven't come to understand yet on this side of the veil, that my limited knowledge here hasn't quite yet come to my mind. One day I will know. For now, I walk by faith. Even if that means stepping through the darkness sometimes.

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