Principle 2: Respond to Strong Emotions

    Strong emotions are expected in severe trials, especially when our trials include emotional trauma. As we seek to address our strong emotions, it can help to turn to our Heavenly Father. Central to His plan of happiness are the mission of Jesus Christ and the aid of the Comforter to help us progress and grow through the challenges of mortality. Trusting in His plan helps us to find peace in our suffering.

    Satan would have us feel confused, lonely, and isolated from the love of God. Further, he tries to get us to focus only on the moments we feel weak. While these moments can be difficult, they don’t define us. Acknowledging and finding ways to respond to our strong emotions helps us identify what we’re feeling. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught us:

    “I’m always distressed when I hear that someone who is innocent feels the Lord doesn’t love them because they are suffering from the transgressions of others. It is one of the common conditions of mortality. The Lord has prepared us to experience and to stand up under these kinds of things. The Atonement of Jesus Christ reaches beyond suffering for our sins; it reaches to Him experiencing all of our afflictions so that He can succor us and raise us above the pain, depression, and suffering that we are experiencing.”

    Capture Impressions

    Take a moment and write down what you have felt as you’ve learned about responding to strong emotions.

    Apply This Principle

    The following are some helps on additional topics to enhance your learning and application of this principle.

    These feelings are common. Discovering a spouse’s pornography use can lead to a barrage of emotions, and these emotions can be difficult to deal with. However, it’s OK to feel strong emotions.

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