“Hope Ya Know We Had a Hard Time”

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This is an amazingly poignant talk that applies to each of us at some time in our lives. This may seem like an odd post for the Christmas season, but I think it is especially important now. Christmas is often a time of perceived joy and gladness. How often is this joy a facade? So many people go day to day with a plastic smile to hide the turmoil inside. I think during this time of the year, we should be mindful of those who may not feel the joy that is associated with this season.

In our lives, we will each go through hard times. These times are given to us to strengthen us and help us grow. It may not seem so at the time, but the trials are for our good. Heavenly Father knows our weaknesses and our limits. He will push us to our limits. There will be times when we don’t think we can bear it, but our Heavenly Father knows how far He can push us. The scriptures give us comfort and a promise, “. . peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high” (D&C 121:1, 7–8).

I know that there are dark days, days when the light seems unattainable, but we have a promise from on high. If we can but make it through those dark days, we will eventually find the light again.