Tips for living: Emily Freeman shares 6 tips for 'Making It through the Middle'

By Tara Creel

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

Emily Freeman starts out her book "Making It through the Middle" with a quote by author and poet Myrtle Reed: "Do not question too much, dear friend, for the God who ordained the beginning can safely be trusted with the end, as well as with all that lies between."

Freeman, who is an author and frequent Time Out for Women presenter, shares six lessons she has learned that have not only gotten her through the middle of some hard times, but helped her to cherish and learn from them as well.

1. Turn to the scriptures. During one of Freeman's personal trials, she compiled a list of scriptures detailing what others did in the midst of their trials. Freeman writes, "if you are looking for answers, these scriptural accounts are one of the best places you can turn."

2. Wait patiently, tomorrow will come. In Joshua 3:5 it says, "Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you." Freeman reminds the reader that all things prosper by degrees and the morrow the Lord promised will surely come.

3. Recognize and remember his mercy. When Freeman was going through a particularly hard time in her life, she read a scripture that helped her recognize the Lord's mercy. "But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance" (see 1 Nephi 1:20).

4. Rely on the Atonement. Freeman recommends to turn to the Savior during hard times. She writes, "He knows how to get us through the middle moments because he has experienced them himself."

5. Continue to minister. When going through a hard time, it helps to focus on and serve others. Freeman writes that while noticing the service that has been given, "perhaps it will better prepare us to serve others in their own critical and important times."

6. Trust God's heart. Even in the worst of times, Freeman writes that through trusting God, good can come of anything. "Years from now, when you look back, you might discover that this moment, right here in the middle, was one of the most precious moments of your life. Because it led your heart to his."

Tara Creel is a Logan, Utah, native and mother of three boys. Her email is taracreel@gmail.com, and she blogs at taracreelbooks.wordpress.com.

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