March 06, 2014

Hope in Adversity

I recently read The Gift of Angels by Rachel Nunes. Angela, the main character, suffers from pancreatic cancer and struggles to accept her diagnosis. She studies the story of Lot and his wife in the Bible. Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back at Sodom. Angela realizes she needs to look to the present and make it the best she can.

In Doctrine and Covenants 122:7, the Lord states to Joseph Smith while he is in jail: "... if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."

Experience is related to the word throw; and good relates to the Sanskrit gadhya which means "what one clings to."

Now imagine being thrown about in fierce winds. What do you cling to so you can survive the winds? Something good, like God.

Each of us experience adversity. Heavenly Father sent us to Earth to be tested, so we can grow. Heavenly Father sent his Son on Earth to experience mortal suffering too. Through Jesus' Atonement, we can receive comfort.