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Monday, September 17, 2012

Trust in the Lord

Lesson by Leila J.

The book of Proverbs in the Old Testament was written by Solomon who was wiser than all men.  (1 Kings 4:29-32)  In his wisdom, Solomon counsels us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

 What does is mean to “trust in the Lord”?

Trust in Him for answers to our prayers.  Trust in Him for help in time of need.  Trust in Him for direction in our lives.  Trust in Him in times of adversity and trials. 

Trusting in the Lord requires faith, patience and humility--faith that the Lord knows what is best for us, patience to endure and not loose hope, humility in our desire to do the Lord’s will.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said that the submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar.  When we submit to His will, then we’ve really given Him the one thing He asks of us.

Consider the words in the following scriptures:

And they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God.  (Alma 5:13)

I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.  (Alma 36:3)

Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you.  (D&C 88:63-64)

Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.  (D&C 122:7)

If we look back on difficult times in our lives, we will see that the Lord has made us better because of those experiences.  If we trust in Him and submit to His will, He will send us comfort and peace even though the difficulties may not pass immediately.

“We must not mistake passing local cloud cover for general darkness.”

-Elder Neal A. Maxwell

There is a beautiful message in the final song from President Monson’s 85th Birthday Celebration--”If the Way Be Full of Trial, Weary Not.”  

Watch it here:

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