(December 14, 2015)
I take some home from the Lord releasing Brigham Young from the obligation to leave his family and travel to preach the Gospel. It sometimes feels (and reading the close of the Book of Mormon drives that feeling home) that this mortal life is a dark and dreary situation. Yes, the time will come that we, like Mormon, will receive our release into the welcoming arms of the Lord but unto such time, it feels as though trials and tribulations are our inevitable lots in life as we strive to walk the path of discipleship.
But while that is true (growth and comfort will never occur at the same place and same time), that doesn’t mean that the challenges we currently face are slated to necessarily persist indefinitely. The day will come when whatever we are suffering through today reaches its conclusion (perhaps in the next life, but perhaps in this one). Another challenge may take its place, it is true, but the Lord will walk with us through that challenge as well and continually grant us the strength that we need.