Opposition in all things…

My wife and I, and my parents went to the Mt. Timpanogos temple last night. It was a good experience. My parents leave for a mission for the LDS church on Monday. They are going to be serving in the Office in the Baltimore Maryland. It was good to be able to go to the Temple one more time with them before they leave. We are heading up to Bountiful on Sunday for their setting apart, and then the kids will probably not see their Grandparents for the next 18 months while they server the Lord.

While I was in the temple, thinking about life and such. There were a couple of scriptures that came to my mind. The first one is 2 Nephi 2:11

For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.

It then goes on to explain in verse 25 that “.. men are, that they might have joy.” If you take both of those scriptures together, you realize that in order for you to have the joy that you were created to have, you will have to experience misery and face opposition as well.

So when is opposition going to be too much, if the Lord requires us to have “opposition in all things” will that opposition ever become greater than we can handle?

When we are doing the Lords work, in D&C 84:88 He states: “..for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”

Nephi also tells us in 1 Nephi 3:7 that ” I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

And finally in 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says,

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Bottom line, no matter what the temptation, oppressions, or trial, the Lord is always there to help you through it, and will never give you a burden that you will not be able to bear.