I promise, I will get back to drawing and photography again, hopefully soon, but I’ve been occupied with some other things, like reading and research, and I find that there are still just 24 hours in the day.
President Eyring’s words here make me think more about my visit to the Spanish speaking ward that I mentioned yesterday. Many, many of the members in that congregation have seen severe hardship and are still working through trials that threaten to overwhelm them. Yet, over and over, in their testimonies, they expressed deep gratitude for the ways God was blessing their lives and strengthening them to face their challenges. Their rush to get to the pulpit was an unspoken testimony of their gratitude for the Sabbath day.
“I have felt that transformation of growing gratitude for blessings and a love of God increasing across the Church. It seems to accelerate among members of the Church in times and places where there are trials of their faith, where they have to plead to God for help to even carry on.The times we will pass through will have in them hard trials, as they did for the people of Alma under the cruel Amulon, who put burdens on their backs too heavy for them to bear:
“And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.