Why does God let bad things happen to good people?
August 2022

“Why does God let bad things happen to good people?,” For the Strength of Youth, Aug. 2022.

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Why does God let bad things happen to good people?

The Resurrected Christ

The Resurrected Christ, by Wilson Ong

To face life’s unfairness, we need perspective and faith.

Perspective comes from understanding Heavenly Father’s plan. We are eternal beings who have been allowed to come to earth so that we can become more like Heavenly Father. While we’re here, we face temptation, sorrow, pain, and suffering. Some suffering comes because God allows people their agency, and some choices can bring suffering to themselves or others. Other times we may not know exactly why people suffer. But we know that in Heavenly Father’s plan, these things can give us experience and be for our good in the end (see Doctrine and Covenants 122:7).

Jesus Christ has overcome all things through His Atonement and Resurrection. As we see unfairness in this life, we can exercise faith in Him and in our Heavenly Father’s plan. We can trust that the Savior will make everything right in the end. And through the Holy Ghost, we can receive comfort and strength in our trials.

If we choose to have faith and endure to the end, we are promised “peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come” (Doctrine and Covenants 59:23).