- We are spirit sons and daughters of God, and we “accepted His plan by which [we] could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize [our] divine destiny as heirs of eternal life.” No amount of change, trial, or opposition can alter that eternal course—only our choices, as we exercise our agency.
He talks about changes that occur in our lives. He says that whatever our challenges are, we can have hope and peace through the atonement of Jesus Christ.
- Hope and peace are always available through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Atonement of Jesus Christ provides the ultimate corrective and healing measures to every wounded body, damaged spirit, and broken heart.
We might not be able to choose the challenges that come into our lives but we have the ability to choose how we respond in all circumstances. We might not be able to choose the pain and heartache that comes into our lives but we can have hope and peace through Christ.
- In this mortal experience, we cannot control all that happens to us, but we have absolute control over how we respond to the changes in our lives. This does not imply that the challenges and trials we face are of no consequence and easily handled or dealt with. It does not imply that we will be free from pain or heartache. But it does mean that there is cause for hope and that due to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can move forward and find better days—even days full of joy, light, and happiness.
Our responses to trials and challenges in our lives is a choice.
- Whatever change in life’s circumstance may come our way, and whatever unexpected path we may have to travel, how we respond is a choice. Turning to the Savior and grasping His outstretched arm is always our best option.
In conclusion, Bishop Waddell quotes Elder Richard G. Scott.
- Elder Richard G. Scott taught this eternal truth: “True enduring happiness with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the most challenging difficulties comes from a life centered in Jesus Christ. … There is no guarantee of overnight results, but there is absolute assurance that, in the Lord’s time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and emptiness will be filled.”
This talk really points out that trials are part of life but we don't have to be miserable when trials come. We can choose to be positive and turn to the Savior in our trials. When we do, the Savior will assist us and bless us in our times of need. I love the idea that we have choices about how we let trials and challenges effect us. We can choose to respond positively and look to the Lord to strengthen us in our times of need.