Sometimes change, whether expected or unexpected, can be a very difficult trial. How can we learn to deal with it?
Change is an inevitable part of life. Whether we’re starting college, going on a mission, graduating and starting a career, or getting married, change can be difficult to handle. Sometimes all we want to do when presented with change is hide away and pretend the change isn’t happening—but we can’t do that. While change can be scary, it is how we progress in life. So, with all these big changes happening in our lives, how can we learn to deal with them?
Elder Steven E. Snow of the First Quorum of the Seventy answers this question in “Get On with Our Lives.” He gives four simple ways rooted in the gospel that can help us deal with frightening or difficult changes:
- Follow the prophets. The leaders of the Church “help us weather the storms of life.” By listening to their counsel, we may know that the change we are embarking on is right.
- Keep an eternal perspective. Change is part of God’s plan for us. We need change to progress in our eternal journey. Changes and trials are there to test us and help us grow.
- Have faith. Sometimes it can be hard to stay faithful when we live in a world full of negativity, fear, and doubt. Keeping our faith will help us eliminate any doubts we might have because “faith and doubt cannot exist within the same mind at the same time.”
- Be of good cheer. Although at times change makes us want to be negative and sad, we must try our hardest to be positive and cheerful.
If we follow these simple guidelines, we will find it much easier to overcome the fear of change.
Read or watch Elder Steven E. Snow’s talk “Get On with Our Lives.”
Source: LDS General Conference
—Amy Davis, Mormon Insights
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