Thursday, September 22, 2016

Robert D. Hales on the adversary and challenges of life

Elder Robert D. Hales (b. August 24, 1932- 84 years ago today!) served as a Seventy from 1976 to 1985, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
"Our challenges, including those we create by our own decisions, are part of our test in mortality. Let me assure you that your situation is not beyond the reach of our Savior. Through Him, every struggle can be for our experience and our good (see D&C 122:7). Each temptation we overcome is to strengthen us, not destroy us. The Lord will never allow us to suffer beyond what we can endure (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).
"We must remember that the adversary knows us extremely well. He knows where, when, and how to tempt us. If we are obedient to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we can learn to recognize the adversary's enticements. Before we yield to temptation, we must learn to say with unflinching resolve, 'Get thee behind me, Satan' (Matthew 16:23).
"Our success is never measured by how strongly we are tempted but by how faithfully we respond. We must ask for help from our Heavenly Father and seek strength through the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ."
- Robert D. Hales, "Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually," Ensign, May 2009, pp. 7-10
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This is a reassuring testimony from Elder Hales. There is no trial of mortality, no difficulty or frustration, no challenge we face that is beyond the reach of the Savior. He stands willing and eager to protect, strengthen, and bless us at all times.

It's an interesting warning when Elder Hales notes that "the adversary knows us extremely well." He is aware of the best ways to present temptations for each one of us. And so our responsibility is to learn to quickly recognize those situations and respond to them confidently and faithfully, asking for the promised help from the Savior.

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