Should all prayers be immediately answered according to our selfish desires and our limited understanding, then there would be little or no suffering, sorrow, disappointment or even death, and if these were not there would also be an absence of joy, success, resurrection, eternal life and Godhood.
We are assured by the Lord that the sick will be healed if the ordinance is performed, if there is sufficient faith and if the ill one is “not appointed unto death”. Here there are three factors. Many do not comply with the ordinances and great numbers are unwilling or incapable of exercising sufficient faith. But there is the other factor which looms important: “If they are not appointed unto death” Every act of God is purposeful. He sees the end from the beginning. He knows what builds us, or tears us down, what will thwart the program and what will give us eventual triumph.
The Lord does not always heal the sick, nor save those in hazardous zones. He does not always relieve suffering and distress, for even these seemingly undesirable conditions may be part of a purposeful plan.
Being human we would expel form our lives, sorrow, distress, physical pain and mental anguish and assure ourselves of continual ease and comfort, but if we closed the doors upon such, we might be evicting our greatest friends and benefactors. Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long suffering and self mastery. The sufferings of our Savior was part of his education.
God controls our lives, guides and blesses us, but gives us our agency. We may live our lives in accordance with His plan for us or we.. Shorten or terminate them.
I’m positive in my mind that the Lord has planned our destiny. We shorten our lives but I think we cannot lengthen them very much. Sometime we’ll understand fully, and when we see back from the vantage point of the future we shall be satisfied with many of the happenings of this life which seemed so difficult for us to comprehend.
We knew before we were born that we were coming to the earth for bodies and experience and that we would have joys and sorrows, pain and comforts, ease , and hardships, health and sickness, success and disappointments, and we knew also that we would die. We accepted all these eventualities with a glad heart, eager to accept both the favorable and unfavorable. We were undoubtedly willing to have a mortal body, even if it were deformed. We eagerly accepted the chance to come... thought it might be for a day, a year, or a century. Perhaps we were not so much concerned whether we should die of disease. We were willing to come and take life as it was and as we might organize and control it, and this without murmur or complaint or unreasonable demands. We sometimes think we would like to know what was ahead, but sober thought brings us back to accepting life a day at a time and magnifying and glorifying that day.
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And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you."Which is right." How, exactly, am I supposed to know if what I'm asking for is right? I've been contemplating this for the past few days and I'm still not so sure what the answer is. (Yeah, I'm kinda dumb like that.) I suppose one could refer to Mormon 9:25 which states
And whosoever shall believe in my name, doubting nothing, unto him will I confirm all my words, even unto the ends of the earth.But where does confirmation come from? It comes from the Holy Spirit, of course!
God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then ye must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.I guess I must still be in the "Study it out in your mind" part, because I'm still not getting any answer that I recognize as being an answer.
"We need an unspoiled companion who will not count our wrinkles, remember our stupidities nor remember our weaknesses; ... we need a loving companion with who we have suffered and wept and prayed and worshiped; one with whom we have suffered sorrow and disappointments, one who loves us for what we are or intend to be rather than what we appear to be in our gilded shell."
-Spencer W. Kimball
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 28:11 KJV).
For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer…. [M]y kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted! Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. In righteousness shalt thou be established; thou shalt be far from oppression for thou shalt not fear, and from terror for it shall not come near thee” (3 Nephi 22:7-14).
And, oh yeah. I’m off the meds again. It was reaching the point where having a seizure was a very high possibility, and if you’d seen me at all in the past week, you’d know what I mean. (Just take Tuesday’s level of shaking and multiply it by about 100, and you’ve got Wednesday’s condition.) So, anyway, I called Dr. Kroger up and was like, “Hey. I’m shaking really bad. Is this supposed to happen?” He said it certainly shouldn’t happen on the starting dosage and to stop taking it immediately. Now I’ve got to go about a week without anything in my system to clean it out so that I can start taking something new without worrying about the two mixing.
So, if you do chance to see me or even if this post comes off this way, while I’m really not feeling well (at all), I’m OK and I have been worse. The shakes are about gone now, and that’s really all I ask at this point. The rest I’ve lived with for 21 years and I think I can handle living that way again without anything to help me along. Just be… really delicate if you think you’d like to discuss certain topics with me as I’m prone to irritation.Suggestions for getting pent-up emotions out of my system are welcome at this point.
"We need to build and strengthen one another. We must never lose sight of the fact that we are to 'succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees' (D&C 81:5)."
"We have a tremendous responsibility. I do not hesitate to say that. So much depends on us. If not me, who? If not now, when? It is our job here and now to do our best to make a difference."
"Life is never a failure until we call it such. There are so many who need your helping hands, your loving smile, your tender thoughtfulness."
-President Gordon B. Hinkley