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Find compensatory blessings- Serve others

Sadness, disappointment and severe challenges are events in life, not life itself, Elder Richard G. Scott said.

Speaking Saturday afternoon, Elder Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve explained that although suffering can extend for long periods of time, it should not be allowed to become the confining center of everything Church members do.

"The Lord inspired Lehi to declare the fundamental truth: Men are that they might have joy,' " Elder Scott said. "That is a conditional statement:that they might have joy.' It is not conditional for the Lord. His intent is that each of us have joy. It will not be conditional for you as you obey the commandments, have faith in the Master and do the things that are necessary to have joy here on earth."

Elder Scott asked members to take time to discover how beautiful life can be.

"You are one of the noblest of God's creations," Elder Scott explained. "His intent is that your life be gloriously beautiful regardless of your circumstances. As you are grateful and obedient, you can become all that God intends you to be."

A pebble held close to the eye appears to be a gigantic obstacle, whereas cast on the ground the pebble is seen in perspective, Elder Scott said, explaining that trials need to be viewed in the perspective of scriptural doctrine.

"Some people are like rocks thrown into a sea of problems. They are drowned by them," he said. "Be a cork. When submerged in a problem, fight to be free, to bob up, to serve again with happiness."

Elder Scott told Church members they are here on earth for a divine purpose. "It is not to be endlessly entertained or to be constantly in full pursuit of pleasure," he explained. "You are here to be tried, to prove yourself so that you can receive the additional blessings God has for you."

Elder Scott suggested Church members learn from inspiring individuals who have made peace with the challenges they have had and live with joy amid adversity.

He added that members can learn how to find joy under difficult circumstances from children. "Children haven't learned to be depressed by concentrating on things they don't have," he explained. "They find joy in what is available to them."

Elder Scott asked his listeners to find compensatory blessings in their lives when the Lord, in His wisdom, deprives them of something they want very much.

"To the sightless, to the hearing impaired, He sharpens other senses. To the ill, He gives patience, understanding and increased appreciation for other's kindness. With the loss of a dear one, he deepens the bonds of love, enriches memories and kindles hope in a future reunion," he explained.

Elder Scott counseled members to be creative and to be of service to others. "Being creative will help you enjoy life. It engenders a spirit of gratitude. Willing service to others is a key to enduring happiness."

Elder Scott called challenges growth experiences.

"You will learn that sadness and disappointment are temporary," he said. "Happiness is everlastingly eternal because of Jesus Christ."

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