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When You Are Experiencing a Trial…

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How many times have you felt like this?:

“This trial is too hard! I can’t do this! No one understands. I don’t think anyone in the whole world is struggling as much as I am right now.”

You think that your life is over or that you have nothing else to live for. You think that nobody can understand what you’re feeling or what you’re going through.

Well, guess what. You’re not the only one. The prophet Nephi said something similar:

“I was overcome because of my afflictions, for I considered that mine afflictions were great above all” (1 Nephi 15:5).

The Prophet! Even prophets have days like these! Even prophets go through trials and struggles.

What strikes me most about this scripture though is the fact that he didn’t give up. He didn’t sit on the floor and wallow in self-pity. He didn’t stay in bed all day. He didn’t watch sad chick flicks all day. He didn’t cut himself off from the world. Instead, it says that he “received strength” (1 Nephi 15:6).

Well, where did that strength come from? In 1 Nephi 15:15, he says, “Yea, at that day, will they not receive the strength and nourishment from the true vine?” So what is the true vine? John 15:5 tells us, “I [Jesus] am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Makes sense, right? If Jesus Christ is the vine, and we are the branches, but we cut ourselves off from Him, there is no way that we as dead branches can make fruit. We “can do nothing” as the scripture said. We would feel empty, unfulfilled, and cast off. However, when we as branches are attached to the vine or Jesus Christ, we can receive nourishment from Him—strength, comfort, and love—everything a girl needs when she’s feeling down. So how can you start receiving that nourishment? Get on your knees and pray. Crack open the scriptures and believe that you will read His words—His personal words—to you. If you do that, I can testify that He will speak to you. He will comfort you. He will not leave you comfortless (John 14:18).

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We all go through hard times in life. We will all have trials and struggles, but there is One ready and willing to help us…always. He “descended below them all” (D&C 122:8) in order to know how we feel and how to help us. So trust in Him. Trust that He can make things better—no matter how bleak the situation may seem. Because, remember, He was in the bleakest situation of all—He suffered and died on the cross—but from that situation, He brought forth the most glorious and amazing things—the resurrection and eternal life. God can take your trials and turn them to your good. You just have to give them to Him.

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