I know that I recently started a thread on the Lord's chastening; however, as we know, the Lord also tries His people. The difference is that chastening occurs as a result of sin, but trials come to the Lord's covenant-keeping people to test their faith.
To illustrate, President Eyring noted during the October 2016 general conference, the following about trials:
I have felt that transformation of growing gratitude for blessings and a love of God increasing across the Church. It seems to accelerate among members of the Church in times and places where there are trials of their faith, where they have to plead to God for help to even carry on.
The times we will pass through will have in them hard trials, as they did for the people of Alma under the cruel Amulon, who put burdens on their backs too heavy for them to bear:
“And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
“And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
“And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord."
You and I are witnesses that whenever we have kept our covenants with God, especially when it was hard, He has heard our prayers of thanks for what He has already done for us and has answered our prayer for strength to endure faithfully. And more than once He has made us cheerful as well as strong.
As a side note, it's interesting that he would use this as the example as applied to the saints in our day. Is there application for us?
More importantly, it can be stated no more plainly ... the Lord will try us, perhaps even with bondage, but He will not forget those who remain true and faithful to their covenants. In fact, He will be there in the midst of the affliction, will carry the burden for us, and will deliver us if we let Him by being faithful in all things!! And through it all, we give thanks, are comforted, and have joy. The name of the game is cheerful submission! 😁
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