Today’s inspiration is drawn from “Tested and Tempted—but Helped” by Elder Hugo Montoya Of the Seventy during October 2015 General Conference. In this insightful talk, Elder Montoya discusses the universal experience of facing trials and temptations and emphasizes the importance of helping one another through these challenges.
Life is full of trials and temptations, as Elder Montoya reminds us. Drawing from the teachings of President John Taylor, he illustrates how these experiences are essential for our growth and development. Just as Abraham and other righteous individuals faced trials, we too encounter our share of challenges. However, we are not left to navigate them alone.
Alma’s words remind us of our responsibility to support one another through our burdens. Whether through formal callings in the Church or simple acts of kindness in our daily lives, we can lighten each other’s loads and find strength in unity.
Elder Montoya shares the concept of going beyond what is required, drawing from the Savior’s teachings to “go with him twain.” This principle is exemplified in the dedication of temple work and the willingness to sacrifice for others’ spiritual welfare. An image of temple workers engaged in service could visually represent this concept.
A simple smile can have a profound impact on someone’s day, as Elder Montoya experienced during a moment of nervousness at a general conference. President Russell M. Nelson’s smile brought comfort and peace, reminding us of the power of compassion and empathy in alleviating burdens. An image of a warm, genuine smile could evoke this sense of connection and support.
Expressing compassion and extending invitations to others are fundamental aspects of our discipleship. Whether through priesthood blessings, words of comfort, or inviting others to church, we have the opportunity to emulate the Savior’s love and minister to those in need.
Central to our ability to help one another is our understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Taking time each week to ponder on His sacrifice and inviting others to partake of the sacrament allows us to draw closer to the Savior and find solace in His infinite love and mercy.
In conclusion, Elder Montoya’s teachings remind us of our divine potential to uplift and support one another through life’s trials and temptations. As we strive to go the second mile, share genuine smiles, express compassion, and extend invitations to others, we can truly make a difference in the world around us.
Let us commit to actively seeking opportunities to help those around us, whether through small acts of kindness or more significant acts of service. By following the example of the Savior and embodying His love, we can create a community where burdens are lightened, hearts are healed, and the world becomes a brighter place. Link to original- Tested and Tempted—but Helped
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