Sunday, July 20, 2014

Enduring Well

I was reading an article out of the January 2014 Ensign entitled "Enduring Well" by Elder J. Christopher Lansing.  My favorite part of the article is where he talks about how Joseph Smith is praying while he is in Liberty Jail and he says, "O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that coverth thy hiding place?" (D&C 121:1).  The Lord responds to him by saying, "My son, peace be unto they soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment" (D&C 121:7).  Then Elder Lansing says:

"Then He teaches Joseph a wonderful principle: "And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes" (D&C 121:8).  The message is straightforward and succinct.  We should not expect the Lord to remove our challenges just because we promise Him that we will always be faithful if He does.  Rather, we are to endure well, and then we will be blessed.  That is a marvelous life lesson for each of us."

It made me think of the phrases "endure to the end" and "enjoy to the end" and I feel like "endure it well" is somewhere in the middle of those.  Endure it well sounds like enduring with grace and I really liked that thought. 

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