“Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need.”
So begins the encouraging message from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the Mormon Message titled “Good Things to Come.” This timely declaration from an Apostle of the Lord provides the reassurance we all seek from time to time.
Our trials are personal and unique. They can often bring an overwhelming sense that nobody else may understand the complexity of our emotions and burdens. Whether we are an unemployed or under-employed parent, plagued by chronic physical pain or limitations, facing a divorce or the dissolve of a relationship, or struggling with mental anguish, we can find fresh courage in this reminder that we are known. We can be sustained and healed by the Atonement and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In those moments of despair, we can instinctively turn to the sources of comfort and peace that we have regularly turned to before. Personal prayer, scripture study, priesthood blessings, and counseling with trusted friends are all steps that remind us where to turn for peace. What can often be more difficult is to consider Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s gentle reminder that “faith in God includes faith in God’s timing” (“The Holy Ghost: Glorifying Christ,”Ensign, July 2002).
In the middle of a particular struggle, we may feel our situation just isn’t changing—and certainly not at the speed we’d like. It’s easy to follow this thought process: “I know that if I am worthy of the blessings I’m looking for, then the Lord will make good on all His promises. So, since the Lord cannot lie, and these blessings are eluding me, I must not be worthy of them. What am I doing wrong?”
The speed at which a trial comes to its end is not necessarily an indication of our worthiness. It has more to do with what the Lord is making of us. To quote Elder Holland’s final remark in this Mormon Message:
“Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven, but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.”