Elder Rafael E. Pino gave a talk at the Saturday afternoon session of conference entitled “Faith in Adversity.” Don’t you think it’s interesting that so many talks at the last conference focused on adversity? I wonder if there is an increase in adversity? Or a decrease in our resolve to resist it? Or a general misunderstanding of the purpose of adversity? Or a lot more on the way? Or all of the above?
Whatever the case, I’m sure it’s no accident that the Lord chose to speak to His people quite extensively about adversity. As I skimmed this talk, this is the phrase (where he quotes President Hunter) that stood out to me as a testimony of my need for patience and an eternal perspective:
“If our lives and our faith are centered on Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong.”
Only one talk left. And then we get the blessing of starting again.
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Oh, I’m so glad you’re continuing this!! I’ve been awful at commenting, but I do read the messages and the comments. I’ll try harder to comment!
I love that quote!
So, since I’ve been married I’ve been almost purposely not been working on my spiritual side. I felt that the worst things happened to the most spiritual people I know and I didn’t want anything to go wrong. Great train of thought, right? 🙂 Fortunately I have been a lot better recently and really want to be better prepared and better spiritually fed. Needless to say that what struck me the most was the end when Elder Pino said that the winds and rains hit each house equally. Man! That hit home and it’s nice to be realizing that it doesn’t matter if I prepare myself or not, life has a lot of trials for me. And unless I do prepare myself I am going to fall apart when the trials come.
(Now, I still do have a firm testimony, it just needs some reenforcement to make sure it’s something reliable in a heavy storm.)
I was also struck with how much adversity was discussed in Conference. I felt like I really needed those messages, but I’m guessing that I probably wasn’t alone.
I liked when he said, “Living the gospel does not mean that we will everlastingly escape adversity. Rather, it means that we will be prepared to face and endure adversity more confidently.” I think I naively believed as a youth that righteousness would somehow help me ‘escape adveristy’. The more time that passes proves otherwise. Once I managed to stop my personal pity party, I realized just what he pointed out here–adversity comes to EVERYONE and it is the strength and depth of our testimonies that help us to not just get through them, but to learn and grow and become grateful for them.
I liked the exact same quote that Jan mentioned. Faith and testimony prepares us for whatever challenges will come.
I have to confess that I hated the story about the little girl drowning. It’s a parent’s nightmare to lose a child like that and when I have panciky imaginary moments like that in my mind, I always try to tell God that I promise I won’t lose faith in Him if something horrible happens, so please just trust me and don’t make me try to prove it. Probably not wise, but thank goodness Heavenly Father knows what challenges we need the most and doesn’t necessarily try to throw at us what we fear the most. I’m inspired by many people I’ve met who have faced BIG trials with immense courage and faith. The human spirit is strong when its faith is placed in the right thing… the house built on the rock.