Elder Spencer Roundy
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This week’s article was contributed by Elder Spencer Roundy. Elder Roundy has just completed a two-year service mission in our area, the Canada Edmonton Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He requested the opportunity to convey his thoughts before returning home.
As we travel through this mortal journey each one of us is bound to have challenges and trials. We will all have times when things don’t turn out the way we wanted or when life seems unfair.
So, how can we have the strength we need to continue on when it feels like all is lost? We can commit now to diligently work through the tough days with the assurance that a better one is on the horizon.
I like the example given of the unjust judge and the widow in Luke 18:2-7.
“There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, ‘Avenge me of mine adversary’.
“And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me’.
“And the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?’”
This shows to me that good things come to those who persist.
If this widow had not made the effort to keep working for what she knew was right, then she never would have achieved what she desired.
If persistence can influence even the unrighteous to do what they should, just think how much more God is willing to help those who never give up.
Henry B. Eyring gives a good pattern for receiving the assistance of the Lord in our lives:
“Ponder deeply and diligently in the scriptures and in the words of living prophets. Persist in prayer for the Holy Ghost to reveal to you the nature of God the Father and His Beloved Son. Plead that the Spirit will show you what the Lord wants you to do. Plan to do it. Promise Him to obey. Act with determination until you have done what He asked. And then pray to give thanks for the opportunity to serve and to know what you might do next.”
Continue to work through your challenges. Continue to do all you are able to. Continue to seek for the helping hand of God.
And never give up!