Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordy Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Tragedy

"From bearing one another's burdens as ward members, we have learned several lessons:

1. The Lord's organization is fully adequate to know and care for those with even the most dire emotional and spiritual needs.

2. Adversity can bring us closer to God, with a renewed and enlightened appreciation for prayer and the Atonement, which covers pain and suffering in all their manifestations.

3. Members who suffer tragedy firsthand often experience an increased capacity for
love, compassion and understanding. They become the first, last, and often the most effective responders in giving comfort and showing compassion to others.

4. A ward, as well as a family, draws closer together as it endures together--what happens to one happens to all.

5. And perhaps most important, we can each be more compassionate and caring because we have each had our own personal trials and experiences to draw from. We can endure together."

(Richard C. Edgley, "Enduring Together," Ensign, Nov. 2007, 11)

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