Well, for those of you who don't know we are still in California visiting my parents. However, Jame just got a really good job at Cody Labs and so we're coming home hopefully on November 6th. I know that Jame has missed his babies quite a lot and I hope that maybe he's missed me too :) Anyway, onto the subject of this post. Last week when we were in church one of the talks that was given was about having hope in the midst of adversity. After this talk, I felt inspired to text Jame and have him read the book of Job. It is interesting to me to know that this man was so righteous and did everything that the Lord asked him, yet he was still stricken with disease, he lost all of his material possessions and he lost his family. However, Job was still righteous, yes he questioned the Lord, even asked Him why he even allowed him to live if he was going to live a life like this. Job still persevered, Job still did what was asked of him and what was required of him. In the end, he had more than what he had started with. Now, our trials have been few and compared to Job, they have been manageable and we have been able to keep our faith. It has been tested, but as a family, we hope that we have passed the tests that have been given to us so far. Our recent trials have also increase our faith. I personally know that there is a reason for everything. I know that Heavenly Father never gives us more than what we can handle, and I know that LOVE and FAITH can move mountains. Like Job, we have tried to continue in righteousness, and also like Job, we hope that when Heavenly Father sees fit, we will be blessed for our righteousness. We have had moments of weakness when we have been in the same position as Job was, but we have continued to trust in the Lord and His wisdom. Now, I can only see good things in our future and continued and increased faith as we may face other trials. I have found a few quotes from church leaders that I like about adversity and hope. I hope that you will find comfort in them as I have.
*"We will each face times of difficulty, and the question is not when we will face them but how we will face them." James B. Martino
*"All you have to do is trust your Heavenly Father. Trust Him enough to follow His plan." Dieter F. Uchtdorf
*"Everybody in this life has their challenges and difficulties. That is part of our mortal test. The reason for some of these trials cannot be readily understood except on the basis of faith and hope because there is often a larger purpose which we do not always understand. Peace comes through hope." James E. Faust