Often, when I sit down to write an article, I’m not so sure what I am going to write about. Today, I thought I would write about temple attendance, and the importance of that. While browsing talks from general authorities on this topic, I ran across a talk given by Elder Richard G. Scott, titled, Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need. As I was reading through this talk, one sentence jumped out of me that I just can’t seem to get out of my head. He said, “We should never complain, when we are living worthily, about what happens in our lives.”
Never complain? I have a lot of work to do.
I am a worrier, and I know I have blogged about that before. I worry mostly about what I would do if something unfortunate or unexpected happened to my husband or children. How would I cope? How would I face that trial?
In his talk, he prefaced this sentence I quoted by telling how two of his young children died within a very short time of one another, and yet because they had the knowledge of being sealed together as a family in the temple, they were able to deal with the heartache.
I guess the point is, that if we are living worthily, then we should know that the trials, in our lives are for our good. What is the point in complaining then?
I think coming to this point in our lives in the middle of a terrible tragedy like the loss of a child is something that could take a lifetime to achieve. However, what about smaller problems in our lives that are a little more trivial? How often do we complain about a loss of a job, or how someone offended us at church? Or, what about having to deal with a troublesome child? Probably quite a bit. But, if we try and remind ourselves that as long as we are living worthily, the trial is for our good, maybe we will complain a little less, and work a little harder to see how we can grow from that trial.
I know that sentence humbled me when I read it, and I thought to myself…never complain? Impossible! But, with the Lord’s help, and a little prayer and humility, we know that anything is possible.