Plans change, and we may not always know why. By applying faith and a commitment to the commandments, we can overcome any unexpected changes.
We all have plans—and we’ve all had to adjust them occasionally. Take Elder Dallin H. Oaks, for example. When he was seventeen years old, he was called into active service by the Utah National Guard, altering his plans to serve a full-time mission. At age fifty-two, four years after being appointed as a justice of the Utah Supreme Court, he was called as an Apostle. The death of his wife, June, also changed the course of his life.
There are many things that we can’t control, but as Elder Oaks states in his article “The Right Thing at the Right Time,” faith in the Lord and commitment to his commandments will “anchor us no matter what timing the Lord directs for the most important events in our lives.”
Sometimes our personal achievements are affected by the agency of others. Sometimes life just gets in the way. Sometimes important things occur that are not always welcome. As Elder Oaks states, “Even our most righteous desires may elude us, or come in different ways or at different times.”
What should we do when this happens? Faith in the Savior “prepares us to deal with life’s opportunities—to take advantage of those that are received and to persist through the disappointments of those that are lost.”
Most importantly, we must remember that, as the Lord said to Joseph Smith, “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (D&C 122:7–8). If we commit ourselves to the Lord’s will, we will overcome all of life’s unexpected changes.
Read Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s article “The Right Thing at the Right Time.”
Source: New Era
—Marian Spencer, Mormon Insights
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