“If the foundation of faith is not embedded in our hearts, the power to endure will crumble.
If we have faith in Jesus Christ, the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing. In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. And with prophets revealing to us our place in the plan of salvation, we can live with perfect hope and a feeling of peace. We never need to feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. We can feel the love of God. The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up. And He always keeps His word.”
President Henry B. Eyring, “Mountains To Climb”, General Conference, April 2012
The Lord gives us trials not because we are being punished for some wrong that we have done. Rather, the Lord knows that we need to be refined. Think of Job. Was he so evil that he was being punished left and right, forced to go through unimaginable trials? No. Fact is, the Lord allowed him to go through all of that because He knew that Job could handle it. And….still keep his faith in Christ. For Job knew beyond doubt that the Redeemer liveth!
I’ve said it before that faith is a principle of action. It’s not enough to profess that Christ lives. It’s not enough to say the Book of Mormon is true. We have to “show” that we believe in Christ. Even if that belief is only the size of a seed and not yet a mighty oak tree. This action involves, among other actions, studying the scriptures, praying, going to church, paying tithing, lifting others, etc.
By doing these things, number one, we are preparing our soil so that a seed can be planted and nourished, and, number two, so that the seed will start to grow. Then, one day, it will be grander than a mighty oak tree.
I love this lesson here. I love to watch the video to this. Mountains To Climb is figuratively what each of us do every day. We are being refined. We are being molded into what Heavenly Father knows we can become. Not what we, as mortals, think we should be. Afterall, we had a close association with our Heavenly Parents and Elder Brother before this earth. We still do. They know what we can become. But…all they will do is give us a gentle push in the right direction to become that person.
They will not force us down the path. It is up to each and every one of us, individually, to walk that way. And keep on walking. Getting up. Then walking again. The Savior is moving with us. Helping to lift us when we fall. Our loved ones are also helping to lift us and walking with us. We need to be helping them too!