Sunday, January 16, 2011

Divine Tutoring

During this time of grieving, I have been studying and reflecting, and the words of a hymn came to my mind,

"In the quiet heart is hidden
Sorrow that the eye can't see...."
Lord, I Would Follow Thee
LDS Hymns
I have often asked myself,
"Why were not my earnest prayers and fastings answered the way I want?"
"Why were not my pleadings for my child answered?"

I found a quote by Elder Orson F. Whitney,

"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable.....and it is through.....toil and tribulation that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven."

For those who have "sorrow that the eyes can't see," may these words be a balm and solace to your weary soul....


Robert & Leigh said...


angieinpink said...

love that. thanks. :)

Reno said...

Thank you for sharing this.

Amy said...

It does help to know that there is a plan and a purpose for everything. I like the part in the quote that says no trial is wasted.
I wish I could say I endure trials with patience. But I guess only perfect people can endure perfectly.

I love the hymn "Lord, I would Follow Thee." It's one of my favorites.

Connie said...

You are a great example to us.
Thank you for sharing this quote and your feelings.

Momza said...

Who doesn't know sorrow or loss in one form or other? If you've been on this earth long enough, you have or will.
I love that song.
Thinking of you and yours.

wv: stedly, as in, I stedly follow Him.

Kerin said...

Beautiful thoughts and a great quote.
It is so hard... this mortal life sometimes.
It is good to reminded that there is a bigger plan.
Patience is such a hard thing to have sometimes.
Someday, we will have full understanding of our trials, and until then, I will strive to be more patient.

Joy For Your Journey said...

Those are beautiful thoughts.

Kierstie said...

Thanks Momma Larsen. This helped me today with something I am going through right now.... :)

Joy For Your Journey said...

I have been thinking about your quotes and wanted to add a couple others. Both are by Elder Wirthlin. This first one is from his last talk, Come What May and Love It. He taught something at the end that I have come to love--and which inspires me with hope. He said . . .

"The third thing we can do is understand the principle of compensation. The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude."

The second quote is too long to write, but you can look up his talk if you wish. It is called, "Sunday Will Come" or something close to that. It is a beautiful talk for those who are experiencing sorrow--particularly near the end where he talks about losing his wife. Very sweet--and filled with faith and hope.

Best wishes.

Just ME the MOM said...

Thank you for these inspiring words. It's a beautiful hymn and will have new meaning for me after reading your thoughts.


Just ME the MOM said...

I really appreciate "Joy for your Journeys" comments, looking up those talks as I type . . .