Gracefully Accepting God’s Will

We may not understand why certain things happen, but we can be certain that trusting God’s plan leads to eternal happiness.

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When President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave the talk “Fourth Floor, Last Door,” I felt humbled and realized his words had completely changed the way I think about my faith in Heavenly Father. Listening to him speak helped me see that the faith I had in God must include a complete trust in his plan.

Elder Uchtdorf explains faith as follows: “The purpose of faith is not to change God’s will but to empower us to act on God’s will. Faith is trust…that God sees what we cannot.” It can be difficult, and even defeating, when our plans or expectations do not play out the way we desire despite our righteous intentions. Elder Uchtdorf recounts the story of two missionaries who knocked on every door of an apartment building with no success until they reached the last door. They could have given up long before they reached that last door, but “these two missionaries had faith and they were willing to work, and so they knocked on every door.” Their faith gave them the chance to bring the gospel to the family of Elder Uchtdorf’s wife. Likewise, we must be willing to accept his will and persevere in our faith in God.

Trust and faith work hand in hand. We do not know what God knows, and, therefore, we must have the faith to trust him. This means trusting that God’s love for us is perfect and every obstacle and blessing tossed in our direction is for the sake of our eternal happiness.

—Madeline Hill, Latter-day Saints Insights

Read more about how to trust your faith in Heavenly Father in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Fourth Floor, Last Door.”



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Learn more about trusting God’s will in the Latter-day Saints Insight article “Are You There, God?

Read and watch “Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You,” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, to learn more about God’s plan for you.

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