Why do bad things happen to good people? ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Friday, March 7, 2014

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Dear Friend,
As far as frequently asked questions go, this one's at the top in frequent flyer miles! I have to say, I use to wonder this myself, of course, only when I was facing hard things. I eventually had to compare it to something I could understand and relate very well with: school.

Given my time of life this seems fitting. Most people--including myself, would agree that studying is not listed in their personal rendition of Sound of Music's "Favorite Things"; its hard and time consuming, requires excessive amounts of effort and minimal amounts of sleep. But then, as we go to retrieve our test scores, what an overwhelming feeling of joy we receive as we see our hard work pay off! All of a sudden all that time and effort are well worth it. We could say the same about life. When we look at it with what Mormons call an "eternal perspective" we can see how hard times and difficulty will pay off. This life is not a one-time purchase, only to devalue and become obsolete; but an investment made into forever. Joseph Smith, the first prophet since the restoration of Christ's church, was constantly tried and tested. One particularly trying moment was during the time he spent falsely accused in a jail at Liberty, Missouri. The prophet, tired, cold, and worried for his friends and family; pleaded with the Lord finally asking: "O God, where art thou?....How long shall thy hand be stayed and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people...?" The Lord, seeing and knowing all of this said: "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment...know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience and shall be for thy good."

Life will always be full of joy and pain, birth and death, waves and smooth sails, school and summer vacation; the real success is when we begin to enjoy the lessons learned along the way.

With much love,
Miss Mormon


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