That seems to be the story of our lives sometimes when it comes to trials. They seem to all hit you at once, don't they? I have been experiencing a variety of trials recently, and feel like it has been pouring a bit on my usually-pretty-comfortable existence. I'm not complaining–really! I'm one of those overly optimistic (some may think "obnoxious") people who says, "I'm grateful for my trials because they make me stronger."
And it's true. I am grateful for them. Does that mean I want them, or that I look forward to them eagerly? Not at all. It just means that when all is said and done, I have seen the good that my trials have brought to my life. Most of the things I love the most have come to me after I have struggled the most. I try really hard to look for the good throughout my trials and find the ways that the Lord wants me to grow, learn, and improve.
As I have been reflecting on my recent trials, I came across this quote by Brigham Young: "Every trial or experience you have passed through is necessary for your salvation."
Isn't that amazing? The Lord knows our individual needs and knows everything we need to go through in order to live with Him again. He tailors our trials and experiences to put us directly on the path to salvation and exaltation. All we have to do is bear our trials with patience and meekness, and He will offer us grace and mercy.
So our trials really can make us stronger–they can make us celestial.
How have your trials helped you on your path to salvation?