Hi mom! This week was transfers again so everything has been really crazy so I don't have a ton of time to email but I just wanted to talk about what you said at the end of your last email.
To be honest that's something that I've struggled with for a long long time and it's also a concern that so many people that I run into or talk to or teach have. They've had these terrible and awful trials come into their lives and they want to know why God is punishing them while their whole life all they've tried to do is to be good. Elder Nielson, who spoke in the last General Conference came up to our mission last week to train us on using our iPads. On thing he said really stuck out to me. He said something like this- I don't understand why when members of the church get a trial in their life or a challenge they freak out. Our whole purpose in coming to this earth is to be tried and tested. When trials come your way all that is is a sign that gods plan is working- Joseph Smith in his Lectures on Faith once said "a religion that does not require the sacrifices of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation." In the Temple we also agree that we will live the Law of Consecration meaning that we covenant to sacrifice all things, even our very lives (or the lives of other people) for the Gospel. I even think that means giving someone up for a small amount of time on this earth. I'm sure you've seen it but go watch the Mormon message "Mountains to Climb" on the gospel library app. I don't mean to be all preachy but these are just some things that have helped me! Know that I love ya mom!!!