Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–Elder Paul V. Johnson


Talk: Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy

  • Some trials in life can be excruciating
  • This earth life is the perfect setting to pass this test.
  • No pain that we suffer no trial we suffer is wasted... when we endure it patiently... makes us more charitable... that we gain the education we came to acquire - Orson F. Whitney
  • “No, you won’t be the same. You’ll be so much stronger. You’ll be awesome.”
  • No one is exempt
    • Some may think, “I’m trying to be good... Why is the Lord allowing this to happen?”
    • Being good is not enough
  • Crimson Trail - Logan Canyon Once on top, the views are breathtaking
    • The only way to see the views is to make the climb.
  • “After much tribulation come the blessings” - Citation to Section 58:1-7
  • Mothers know the challenges of labor precede the blessings of birth.
  • Time after time, we see marvelous blessings on the heels of severe trials
    • A particular challenge can prepare us for a future tribulations.
  • In retrospect, the trials of this life are light
    • Must be viewed in comparison to the rewards of eternity and the gospel
  • His suffering was a prerequisite to the empty tomb that Easter Morning and our exaltation to the eternities.
  • No troubles or tribulations are beyond our strength.
    • Because we have access to the Lord
  • We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. (Phillipians 4:13)
  • We shall be supported by our God and lifted up in the Last Day  (Alma 36:3)
  • When we arrive on the other side of the veil, we want to be told more than, “Well, you’re done.” We want the Lord to say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
  • Through the help of the Savior, we can not only overcome our trials, we can become more like Him and our Father in Heaven.
  • “Whosoever shall put their trust in God will be supported in their trials and lifted up at the last day.”