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To live greatly, we must develop this capacity

We shouldn’t think it strange we need to go through trials that help develop these certain capacities and give us righteous responses to unrighteous treatment and environments. “To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility. You ask, “How might we achieve these goals?” I answer “By getting a true perspective of who we really are!” We are sons and daughters of a living God in whose image we have been created. Think of that truth: “Created in the image of God.” We cannot sincerely hold this conviction without experiencing a profound new sense of strength and power, even the strength to live the commandments of God, the power to resist the temptation of Satan.” Thomas S. Monson (Pathways to Perfection, 1973, pg. 81)

“We exhibit the highest form of divine influence when we exemplify divine attitudes and attributes in the worst kind of situations and predicaments.” Stephen Covey (The Divine Center, pg. 159)

Paul put the experiences and process this way: “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

This is true in any setting, situation and circumstance in life; whether it be public or private. The curriculum for each of us on this earth is custom. We can’t compare, complain, condemn, or compete with anyone else along the way. This is the moral agency given to each “intelligence” before the foundation of this world and makes us “independent agents” to act and become for ourselves.

In short, our experiences are given for our eternal edification and “the atonement of Jesus Christ is given so we can learn from our experiences without being eternally condemned by them.” Bruce C. Hafen

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