“The great test of life … is not to endure storms, but to choose the right while they rage..”

art by Breanna Bleak

“The great test of life … is not to endure storms, but to choose the right while they rage..”

I woke up in the middle of the second night of trek to a torrential downpour of rain and wind that was flattening tents.

I was a leader (and six months pregnant), and we knew we needed to move kids fast—we actually figured out later that there had been an unexpected tornado warning in the area.

There was definitely an element of chaos as we pulled kids from their tents and into a nearby Baptist church. Tents were flying down the hill.

One youth had a panic attack as he sat, soaking wet, in the church. He asked if someone could go back to get his scriptures.

When it was safe and the rain had gone down to a drizzle, one of us went to grab his scriptures. His tent was still there, but everything was covered in an inch of water

…except one little circular dry spot. And guess what was in that dry spot? This boy’s scriptures.

It was a miracle.

This week, we learned more about Ezra Booth. He apostatized and wrote letters against the church and the prophet—writing some of the first anti-Mormon literature.

The letters caused unfriendly feelings towards the church that God wanted Joseph and Sidney to help rectify.

And, with the tumultuous opinions and storms surrounding them, what did God ask Joseph to do to solve the problem?

Share the gospel. Spread truth. He said when they did that, “There is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper”

And as I read that scripture, I thought of that story. Because when storms come, when people spreading false doctrine surround you, only one thing will withstand the storm: the word of God.

“It is not to endure storms, but to choose the right while they rage.” (Henry B. Eyring)

So “stand up and speak the truth—especially when it is unpopular.” Russell M. Nelson

Don’t be “driven with the wind and tossed,” even when it feels impossible to hold on. (James 1:6)

Stand strong.

Stand with truth.

And with Jesus Christ, who is the truth, the way, and the light.

It’s the only way to keep dry in the storm.

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