Brother Patrick Powell, Human Relations Employee Training and Development Coordinator for BYU-Idaho, taught students about the role trials play in growth and development during his devotional Tuesday, October 10.
"I want people to trust the Lord," Patrick Powell, Human Relations Employee Training and Development Coordinator told BYU-Idaho Radio. "From my experience, I found out that Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ are good people and the things that a lot of the world says about them and the prophets and apostles are unkind and untrue...difficult things happen, but that doesn't mean God doesn't love you."
Struggle, Powell says, are all parts of the plan and allows people to enjoy the best life has to offer.
"Be especially careful not to blame him for all of the problems in your life," Powell said in the devotional. "Be careful not to foster a spirit of bitterness, negativity, and skepticism, and openly or subtly fight against him, the very source of your relief...Humble yourself, have courage, trust that he loves you, and ask him to teach you."
Powell also offered consolation to those who experience trial and struggle with a quote by Elder Orson F. Whitney.
"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted," Powell said quoting Elder Whitney. "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, more worthy to be called the children of God."
You can listen to the full interview and devotional below.