In mortality, there is a tendency “when we find ourselves in the middle of trials, troubles or afflictions to cry out, ‘Master, carest thou not that I perish? Save me.’”
The disciples of the New Testament made such a cry while with the Savior on the Sea of Galilee. The Prophet Joseph Smith also pleaded in such a way while imprisoned and suffering at Liberty Jail.
“Certainly, the Savior of the world understands our mortal limitations, for He teaches us how to feel peace and calm even when the winds blow fiercely around us and billowing waves threaten to sink our hopes.”
For anyone with just the smallest particle of faith, Christ invites, saying, “Come unto me,” “Believe on my name,” “Learn of me, and “Listen to my words.”
Recent events around the globe have buffeted nations, communities and individuals with unforeseen trials.
In such times of turmoil, “Our faith can feel stretched to the limits of our endurance and understanding.” But it is in these “rough stretches of our journey” that faith is often fortified.
“Regardless of our circumstances, we can intentionally make efforts to build and increase our faith in Jesus Christ. … Our faith increases as we choose to believe rather than doubt, forgive rather than judge, repent rather than rebel. Our faith is refined as we patiently rely on the merits and mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah.”
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can help individuals sift through unimportant distractions and encourage them to keep moving along the covenant path. And even when prayerful pleas seem to go unanswered, “Our persistent faith in Jesus Christ produces patience, humility and the ability to reverently utter the words, ‘Thy will be done.’ “
“As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have taken upon us the name of Jesus Christ by covenant. … May we trust Him, obey His commandments and with faith hear Him say, ‘Peace, be still.’ “