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Friday, March 13, 2015

The suffering in the world...

Why is there suffering in the world?

"A lady that we actually y contacted the first week. She gave us a bear that was made during 9-11 to support the families she thought it was appropriate since we were American  We struck up a good conversation (she can talk for all of England) just about life.  Haha, anyways she said to come by another time and she'd love to hear our message.
So Elder C and I finally got in contact with her this past week and set up an appointment.  We talked a lot about struggles seen in the world and how family is so important to get through it.  She said that she has always looked for the truth in religious groups and she just couldn't get over how they never could answer that one question, Why is there suffering in the world?
We told her it is all about opposition in all things. She said that although the reality of that answer is a bit hard, it makes sense and she told us about her struggle with depression.  We had to leave but told her a bit about how God still speaks to us today and that a prophet is on the earth again.  We left her President Holland's talk.  We got bakc later that week and she loved the talk and asked more about prophets and told us some experiences with other religious leader and how they are cold.  For that some reason she never felt like there was a family community in those churches.  She recently found out her father was not her biological father. She will be doing family history and looks forward to that."

Like many others, I have often been inspired by beautiful works of art and music. One such occasion was when I stood before a masterful painting created by the Danish artist Frans Schwartz titled The Agony in the Garden.1
This achingly beautiful painting depicts the Savior kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane. As He prays, an angel stands next to Him, enfolding Him in gentle arms, offering comfort, heavenly succor, and support.
The longer I contemplate this painting, the more my heart and mind swell with inexpressible feelings of tenderness and gratitude. I can sense, in small part, what it must have been like to be present as the Savior began His great culminating work of mortality by taking upon Himself the sins of the world. I marvel at the infinite love and compassion the Father has for His children. I am overwhelmed with profound gratitude for what the sinless Son did for all mankind and for me.

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