Monday, April 07, 2014

Sometimes trials can be blessings.

Almost three years ago a devastating fire gutted the interior of the beloved, 
 historic tabernacle in Provo, Utah. Its loss was deemed a great tragedy 
by both the community and Church members.
 Many wondered, 
“Why did the Lord let this happen? Surely 
He could have prevented the fire or stopped its destruction.”
Ten months later, during the October 2011 general conference, 
there was an audible gasp when
President Thomas S. Monson announced that the nearly 
destroyed tabernacle was to become a holy temple—a house of the Lord! 
Suddenly we could see what the Lord had always known!
 He didn’t cause the fire, 
but He allowed the fire to strip away the interior.
He saw the tabernacle 

as a magnificent temple—a permanent home for making sacred, eternal covenants.

The Lord allows us to be tried and tested, sometimes to our maximum capacity. 
We have seen the lives of loved ones—and maybe our own—figuratively burned to the ground and
 have wondered why a loving and caring Heavenly Father 
would allow such things to happen. 
But He does not leave us in the ashes; 
He stands with open arms,
 eagerly inviting us to come to Him.
He is building our lives into magnificent temples where His Spirit can dwell eternally.

This was so well-put.
I remember listening to Linda speak and tears flowed freely from
my eyes.  I felt like this analogy was a reality in
my own life.
I am grateful that I came from the literal ashes to live a
beautiful life again, to see the miracles and
gratitude each have one more day on this earth.
God is so good.

{The Little Nies in Jammies}