By Rod Johnson

Rodric believes Moroni included special instruction for Modern times and wants to share his unique perspective the same way Moroni shared in The Book of Mormon.

Trouble Don't Last Always!

There is a gospel song that I love that I have not heard in a long time that talks about hope and faith in good. You guessed it if you thought Trouble Don't Last Always. I know that it is not correct English, but the message is correct.

Trouble or trials come to all of us not matter how it may be packaged. We receive all the right trials to help us endure life and overcome them as better people. 

How we approach those trials, endure those trials and overcome those trials testifies to our integrity as people.

It is general among many Christians that God will not put anything more on us than we can bear. What I think we forget to consider is the catch to that is we must bear it in righteousness depending on the Lord; otherwise, our trials can swallow us and consume our lives.

As I am in the midst of my own trials along with many other of my brothers and sisters around the globe, it is easy to be selfish and think my woes are greater or more important than are others. Though my trials are more important to me because my trials are my burden to bear, God equally considers all of our trials and is willing to help us all equally endure them so that we can learn how to become like him. Now, this is my belief and it comforts me. Notice I typed that God will help us endure instead of remove.

We are not in control of what happens to us in life, but we are in control of how we respond to it. We can be bitter and full of hate. We can be depressed and sorrowfully mourn out our days. We can be patient and accept reality. We decided how to handle the situation.

Joseph of Egypt is my hero. He took every bad situation and turned it into a blessing for all involved. He prospered his master’s house as a slave. He prospered the prison as an inmate. He guided and prospered a nation as an adviser—all because he decided to take control of how he responded to his trials rather than letting his trial dictate to him how he should respond.

I want to be like Father Joseph. I have a legacy to live up to, a spiritual heritage as a Christian to learn to make the best of what life throws my way. Trouble don't last always so we should endure it well.

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