You know those times when you’re in class, general conference, or church and it seems like the teacher/speaker is speaking directly to you? Like they must know what is going on in your life because what they’re saying is exactly what you didn’t know you needed to hear. I hope you have all had one of those experiences, because they are amazing. They show you how important you really are to God. That we matter. He cares about our lives.
In my New Testament class this past week it seemed like my professor was teaching to only me. In Philippians 1:11 it talks about producing good fruit; in order to produce good fruit it must be a good tree and have good roots. Christ is the root of all good things, therefore a tree of righteousness is a person rooted in Christ. We can be rooted in Christ and be filled with righteousness too. Then, in verse 12, Paul is saying that all of the bad things that have happened to him are okay, that they were for the good of the church. Here is an example of how to act in difficult trials; he explains how trials are for our benefit. It matters how we act in difficult trials, just as Elder Bednar said a few weeks ago, we need to not shrink. We need to endure our trials well and we can produce “fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11).
I am grateful for the knowledge I have of the atonement and the plan of salvation. I know that my trials are all to make me better. In Philippians 2:5-9 it talks about exaltation and the condescension of Christ. He descended beyond all, so that he can be raised up by God to exaltation and in turn we can all achieve the same end. We can gain eternal life and return to our Heavenly Father.