Thursday, February 26, 2015

Good and bad questions to ask during trials - from Elder Scott

I love this quote by Elder Scott! 

When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, 

  • Why does this have to happen to me? 
  • Why do I have to suffer this, now? 
  • What have I done to cause this? 
will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, 

  • What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? 
  • What am I to change? 
  • Whom am I to help? 
  • How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? 
Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favor of the will of God is very hard to do. Yet, when you pray with real conviction, “Please let me know Thy will” and “May Thy will be done,” you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving Father.

Click here for his whole talk: Trust in the Lord, Ensign, Nov. 1995 (bullet points added).

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