“In this process of working out our salvation,” writes Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “adversity will provide part of the perspiration. Again and again for you and me, experience upon experience, we will have cause to ponder upon and rejoice in the great Atonement. … Our knowing of Jesus’ perfect empathy for us individually will help us greatly to endure our pains of various kinds” (see this issue, page 11).

The challenges and sorrows of mortality may seem overwhelming at times, but they have a purpose: to bring us to the Savior and the blessings of His Atonement. As the following stories illustrate, trials and adversity—whether in the form of physical pain or an aching need to find the truth—cause us to reach out to Jesus Christ and seek His peace. “The Atonement … ,” Elder Maxwell teaches, “can bring us a ‘brightness of hope’ even amid our losses, crosses, sorrows, and disappointments” (see this issue, page 12).