This life is about learning, growing and understanding the ways of our Heavenly Father. Ponder the words of the Savior to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (D&C 122:7). Fortunately, we can come to understand our Heavenly Father’s plan through study and prayer. Our knowledge of the Savior and His Atonement helps us endure our trials and see the purpose in suffering and to trust God for what we cannot comprehend. “You and I are not expected to pretend that chastening and growing through experience is pleasant, but we are expected to endure it well. Only afterward is the peaceable fruit of righteousness enjoyed by those who are exercised thereby” (Neil A. Maxwell).
As we endure our own trials, we grow in experience and understanding, not only of what we are suffering, but of what the Savior so willingly suffered for us. It brings to each of us a greater capacity for service, empathy, love, and kindness. Thus we learn and become more Christ like through these experiences. “Rather than simply passing through these things, they must pass through us, and do so in ways which sanctify these experiences for our good” (Neil A. Maxwell).
The Lord continued his words to the Prophet Joseph in section 122: “Hold on thy way,…fear not what man can do, for the Lord shall be with you forever and ever.” It seems that although it is necessary for us to learn hard principles in this life, the Lord also knows how hard it really is. In Moses chapter 7, it is recorded, “And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept,… And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?… The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands,… the whole heavens shall weep over them… Wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?” How much our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to succeed!
We can remember that we are promised that what we “sow in tears (we) shall reap in joy” as we endure well in this life (Psalms 126:5). “And every one of us can trust that someday, somehow, somewhere every good seed we have sown and every honest deed we have done, every faithful effort we have made and every virtuous thought we have had will bring its own reward and will be counted for our good in the great days of divine harvest”( Jeffrey R. Holland).