The most difficult challenges of life teach the most important lessons and bring the most growth, said Elder Horacio A. Tenorio of the Seventy.
Speaking Sunday afternoon, Elder Tenorio compared life to a hurdle race. "The hurdles are not there so that a runner will come to them and stop and, discouraged, go back to the starting line," he declared. "They are not there to make him crash. The beauty and excitement of this race is to jump over the hurdles, to overcome the obstacles."If we understand the importance of obstacles in our individual lives, we begin to see them in a positive light as true challenges to overcome."
He said many people complain of trials, such as illness, accidents, loss of employment, or death. "They say, `Why me? This isn't fair,' or they become so depressed that they suffer breakdowns from which it is difficult to recover."
He related a poignant account of a painful trial in his own family.
Last December, their oldest daughter, her husband and their three children visited, an experience that was "beautiful and unforgettable. It was an opportunity to get to know David, 15 months old, whom we had seen only at birth. David is an extremely sweet child, the best I have ever known," continued Elder Tenorio.
Soon the visit ended and the young family returned home. Two days later, David become ill and was taken to the hospital. In four hours, he died.
"We spent long hours in thought and prayer," said Elder Tenorio. "I didn't know how I could comfort our children. What could I say when I myself, felt such deep pain? So I prayed a great deal and a loving Father came to my aid.
"We met our children who were in deep mourning," he continued. "They were suffering so intensely that their pain did not allow them to see the purposes and the teachings.
"My wife and I shared the answers we had, and they, upon understanding and accepting them, began to receive further answers – additional teachings, which brought peace to their hearts. The sense of pain and suffering diminished, leaving in its place sweet feelings from the Spirit.
"We have not lost David; we will be able to see him again. We need to place our lives in perspective in order to be worthy to see him again."
A few days later, Elder Tenorio mentioned, his daughter learned she was expecting another baby. "So much love from our Father.
"[The Savior] heals our wounds and turns our pain into sweet experiences."