And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. Doctrine and Covenants 122:7
We had lost our 12-year-old son in a drowning accident only a few days earlier. I could not understand why. I had gone into my bedroom with a heavy heart. In silence my heart cried out, "Why me?" Instantly a calm, but firm voice spoke, "Why not?" Then I was prompted to look in the Doctrine and Covenants sections 121 and 122. As I read, a warmth enveloped me and I realized that I was being schooled by the Spirit. Then as I came to Doctrine and Covenants 122:7, the end of the verse stood out "...know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." I was beginning to understand.
It has now been over 13 years since our loss. It was hard at times and there were often tears and grief. But true to the scripture, this trial has given me much experience and has taught me more about my Heavenly Father and His plan, than any other experience in my life. I can now "mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18: 9). I rejoice in the goodness of my Heavenly Father and the Savior. My testimony has grown and I have been able to teach my children and many others about who they are, why they are here and where they are going. Jayne Jones, Mesa, Ariz.