What the Scriptures Say About Trying Times

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Tasia Carr, Staff Writer

Events of the world today can be quite a challenge. This can be very hard for some of us to adjust to. When we are in a state of confusion, we tend to struggle accepting the changes we are experiencing. There are a few things we can do to help ourselves adjust during these trying times. Some of these include praying, talking to trustworthy people, and turning to the scriptures for peace. The one thing we should try to avoid is turning away from our Savior.
There are so many comforting verses in the scriptures that it can be overwhelming to look for them. Here are a few very powerful scriptures that may help us during these hard times. In John 14:27 it says, “ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This verse talks about the peace that we can receive from our Savior. The Savior’s peace is pure and can help us feel we will be able to get through this hard time in our life. When we feel peace we feel calm and prepared to face every hard trial.
In Alma 7:11-12 it says, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” Christ gave his life so that we could return to Him. The Atonement was not just for our sins because Christ actually felt all of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual pains. He knows what we are going through because He has been through it also.
The final scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 12:7-8. It reads, “My son, 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; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.” Our pain and our afflictions will not last forever. If we choose to endure them well then we may be exalted on high. Christ will never leave us alone. He is reaching down ready to grab our hand and help us through our trials. Our Savior truly loves each one of us and will be with us no matter what trying times we may face.