"Beloved, think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." 1 Peter 4:12-13
There was a certain time and place in my life when my circumstances were very dark and confusing. I felt like a train had run over me. My spirit was crushed. I clung to the gospel doctrine I had been taught as a child by goodly parents. I clung to my baptismal and temple covenants. I believed in the things that I knew were true. I read the scriptures and my patriarchal blessing often. However, I continued to feel like I was dying inside. My pain was exquisite. I sought out direction and blessings from my priesthood leaders. The Lord protected me in His tender mercy. I was suffering from a situational depression although I didn't know it at the time.
Miraculously and eventually, I received some professional help I could trust. I looked to the example of the Savior to deal with my problems. Personal prayer and scripture study brought a measure of comfort, knowledge and revelation.
One day I read 1 Peter 4:12-13 and it touched my heart and mind deeply. I knew the Lord was talking to me.
My fiery trial gave me a broken heart. It brought me to the Savior and His sufferings for me and all mankind. I know Christ's Gospel and Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith to show us the way back to our heavenly home. I'm thankful for a living prophet on the earth today. This knowledge brings me peace, true happiness and hope. I am grateful for my daily breath. I love life and learning. I'm thankful for dear friends who have helped me along the way. I am grateful for my beloved husband and our six precious children. They are so good to me. I testify our loving Heavenly Father takes care of us, His children, in our mortal family situations as we strive to live faithfully in building up His kingdom here on earth. I love my Redeemer. He is with us in our big and little trials. Through the power of the Atonement, I was and am and will be forever safe in the arms of His love. We can look forward to the Second Coming of Christ when His glory shall be revealed.
We will wet His feet with our tears and be glad also with exceeding joy.
— Patricia Paulsen Riggs, Sego Lily Ward, Granite Utah South Stake