Several months ago Craig and I thought we would try out this companionship study thing and we have actually really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it to anyone. We started with the New Testament which has been a mouthful to say the least. This is a quote we read from the New Testament Student Manual by Elder Orson F. Whitney (1855-1931) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
"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".
Elder D. Todd Christofferson said of the Lord's chastening: "Correction is vital if we would conform our lives 'unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ'. Paul said of chastening, 'For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth' (Hebrews 12:6). Though it is often difficult to endure, truly we ought to rejoice that God considers us worth the time and trouble to correct".
I'm not sure if I'm ready to be thankful for my trials but I will think differently about them.