Don’t Shrink!

Based on an article by Elder David A. Bednar


Not shrinking is more important than surviving. Elder David A. Bednar discusses this important lesson he learned from Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s example of enduring to the end.

Using the story of a newlywed couple battling the husband’s cancer, Elder Bednar teaches that remaining faithful to the gospel is more important than reaching the end of a trial.

Faith Not to Be Healed

“Do you have the faith not to be healed?” Elder Bednar asks the young couple.

Elder Bednar says that to have this type of faith, we must:

  • Be “willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us]” (Mosiah 3:19).
  • Be willing to “offer [our] whole souls as an offering unto [the Lord]” (Omni 1:26).
  • Humbly pray “not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

We need to trust that the Lord is in charge, whatever our circumstances may be.

The Purpose of Trials

Elder Bednar explains that this couple’s experience with cancer was not primarily about living and dying; it was about learning, living, and becoming.

Although we don’t always understand “the meaning of all things,” we can still trust that the Lord “loveth his children” (1 Nephi 11:17).

The greatest blessing in mortality is to not shrink and allow our individual will to be “swallowed up in the will of the Father” (Mosiah 15:7).

Read the full article here.


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