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Elder James B. Martino: 'All Things Work Together for Good'

Published: Sunday, April 4 2010 3:37 p.m. MDT

All will face trials and adversity — the question is how one reacts to such difficulties.

"Our trials come in many forms, but each will allow us to become more like the Savior as we learn to recognize the good that comes from each experience," said Elder James B. Martino of the Seventy. "As we understand this doctrine we gain greater assurance of our Father's love. We may never know in this life why we face what we do, but we can feel confident that we can grow from the experience."

The Savior is the ultimate example of how one can face life's trials. Elder Martino highlighted five things taught in the last hours of Christ's mortal life.

First, He sought not to do His will but only the will of His Father.

"[Jesus] remained committed to His sacred mission even through the trial," said Elder Martino. Father in Heaven knows the end from the beginning. His children need to follow the Savior's example and trust in God.

Second, when faced with troubles, one must learn not to complain or murmur.

"We must always attempt to correct the problem and overcome the trial, but instead of asking, 'Why me?' or 'What did I do to deserve this?' maybe the question should be, 'What am I to do? What can I learn from this experience? What am I to change?'"

Third, when facing challenges, one must seek greater help from God.

"Even the Savior of us all found a need to pray 'more earnestly' as He was in the Garden of Gethsemane," said Elder Martino. "We can learn to gain great faith if we do this. We must remember that often the answers from our Heavenly Father do no remove the trial from us, but instead He helps strengthen us as we pass through the experience."

Fourth, learn to serve and think of others even in times of trial.

"When we serve others, we forget our own problems and by working to relieve the pain or discomfort of others, we strengthen ourselves."

Fifth, forgive others and do not seek to pass the blame of our situation to them.

There is a tendency for the natural man to pass blame to someone else so as not to be accountable for their own actions, he said. "The Savior looked at those that had nailed Him to the cross and pled with His Father to 'forgive them: for they know not what they do' (Luke 23:34).

To watch this talk on video go to ksl.com.

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