- The purpose of mortal life for the children of God is to provide the experiences needed “to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life.”
In order for opposition to exist and trials to be provided for us to grow, a key requirement is our agency. Without it, we would not be able to choose good from evil.
- To be tested, we must have the agency to choose between alternatives. To provide alternatives on which to exercise our agency, we must have opposition.
- The evil one, who opposed and sought to destroy the Father’s plan, actually facilitated it, because it is opposition that enables choice and it is the opportunity of making the right choices that leads to the growth that is the purpose of the Father’s plan.
Concerning opposition, Elder Oaks shares that it provides growth for us helps us become the people that our Heavenly Father wants us to be.
- Opposition in the form of difficult circumstances we face in mortality is also part of the plan that furthers our growth in mortality.
- Opposition permits us to grow toward what our Heavenly Father would have us become.
Elder Oaks uses the observance of the Sabbath day to discuss how opposition in our lives should be handled.
- Our efforts to improve our observance of the Sabbath day pose a less stressful example of opposition. We have the Lord’s commandment to honor the Sabbath. Some of our choices may violate that commandment, but other choices in how to spend time on the Sabbath are simply a question of whether we will do what is merely good or what is better or best.
The Church of Jesus Christ will continue to prosper despite the opposition that it will inevitably face.
- The Church in its divine mission and we in our personal lives seem to face increasing opposition today. Perhaps as the Church grows in strength and we members grow in faith and obedience, Satan increases the strength of his opposition so we will continue to have “opposition in all things.”
Finally, Elder Oaks speaks about things the Church is doing to reduce the amount of opposition we have from outside forces. Basic questions about our doctrine are being clarified to give clarity and answers to some basic questions about our doctrine and history.
- The Church is making great efforts to be transparent with the records we have, but after all we can publish, our members are sometimes left with basic questions that cannot be resolved by study. That is the Church history version of “opposition in all things.” Some things can be learned only by faith. Our ultimate reliance must be on faith in the witness we have received from the Holy Ghost.
Part of God's plan for us is that we be allowed to grow and learn through our own personal experiences. With good or bad experiences, we learn and become something more from the experiences we have in our lives. Our challenge is to look at these experiences as opportunities to learn and grow. Our attitude towards the challenges we encounter in our lives will speak about our personal discipleship of the Savior.