A recent letter which was read to ordinance workers in the Salt Lake Temple said that those who don’t live in the geographic boundaries of the Salt Lake Temple district will be released in June. This was shocking news to those to whom it applied. A women affected by the change sent an email to her temple friends.
“As I leave the Salt Lake Temple in June after serving twenty years due to living outside the temple district, I shall remember all of you with such love in my heart. It breaks my heart to have to go. I wonder why Heavenly Father feels it is so important to serve in the district you live in. I don't know the answer, but I trust in Him.”
“I trust in Him” is a statement of belief and faith. “I trust in Him” is a declaration of reliance upon and the surrendering of one’s will to God.
Twenty-one times in scripture the Lord commands that we trust Him. King David who wanted to regain the Lord’s trust said: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8).
Elder Russell M. Nelson, who is a cardiologist by profession, learned the risks of putting confidence in man and taught this to the BYU graduating class on April 23, 2009. Elder Nelson said when he was attending a medical symposium in a small resort town in Mexico, one of the doctors suddenly became seriously ill, losing massive amounts of blood. Elder Nelson and other expert doctors surrounded him not knowing how to proceed.
“The nearest hospital was more than 100 miles away. It was night. No planes could fly. Blood transfusions were out of the question because of lack of equipment. All of our combined knowledge could not be mobilized to stop his hemorrhage. We were totally without the facilities or equipment needed to save [his] life….
“Our stricken colleague, a faithful Latter-day Saint, was well aware of his plight. Ashen and pale, he whispered a request for a priesthood blessing. Several of us held the Melchizedek Priesthood…. I was asked to seal the anointing. The Spirit dictated that he be blessed to the end that the bleeding would stop and that he would continue to live and return to his home.” And that is what happened.
“The lesson we learned was simple: ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding’ (Proverbs 3:5). We experienced it firsthand. This doctrine, taught repeatedly in the scriptures,had now become our sure knowledge.
“The learning of man has its limitations. And sometimes, as in our circumstance in rural Mexico, the combined learning of many experts cannot be applied when we need it most. We have to place our trust in the Lord.”
Trusting in Heavenly Father is personal and sacred. Your private prayers are known only to Him. His answers become conversations as the Holy Ghost carries thoughts, solutions, comfort, and love into the confidential chambers of your mind and heart. Your trust in God is your testimony of His omniscience and shows you understand how trust is reciprocal. In return for your trust, you know Heavenly Father will bless you, either immediately as with Elder Nelson’s colleague or in the future as with the woman being released from the Salt Lake Temple.
Through sunshine and storm you keep His commandments because you love Him, trust Him, and want to do His will. King David wrote: “Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights” (Psalm 119:146). You know within His commandments are attached promises and attendant blessings that He is anxious to shower upon you. He said: “O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings… (D&C 41:1).
He delights to bless you and you delight to obey Him. You trust His promises are sure and He trusts you with personal guidance and testimony. You know “when [you] obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated,” (D&C 130:20-21). So you continue to pay tithing through economic downturns. You keep the Sabbath Day holy though temptations constantly beckon. You obey the Ten Commandments even when you stand alone.
Alma the Younger taught: “O, my son Helaman… I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions….” (Alma 36:3).
A very normal Latter-day Saint family, a father - Brad, a mother - Lucy, and three boys, ages 10, 12, and 14 had a home evening lesson centered on the idea that priesthood power is evidenced when a man who holds the priesthood follows promptings from the Holy Ghost to serve others and thereby be an answer their prayers.
This family was experiencing a time of stress because of Brad’s health and work, and his mother was critically ill. She was being shuffled back and forth between hospital and extended care facility, and the outlook for her recovery was bleak. On this particular night, Brad, who was with his mother, called home to explain what was happening. Things weren’t going well.
Lucy felt so sad for Grandma and so bad for Brad, but things weren’t going well at home either. It had been a long night of homework, the dishes weren’t done, and nobody was ready for bed. Lucy’s frustration boiled out as she yelled at the boys to go to bed. Then realizing she needed help, she went to the privacy of a bathroom and kneeled down. She acknowledged to Heavenly Father that He was undoubtedly blessing them but confessed she couldn’t see it. She prayed to have her eyes opened to His tender mercies.
She came out of the bathroom and barked orders at the boys when the doorbell rang. She hoped it wasn’t anyone she would have to let in. Apprehensively she opened the door and saw the full-time missionaries. She looked to heaven and thought, “Really? You sent me the full-time missionaries?” It seemed such an inopportune time.
They said they were in the neighborhood and wanted to ask a few questions. Lucy told them she was having a very bad night. Then they told her they wanted to share a song. She had noticed one of the missionaries had what looked like a guitar case over his shoulder. So she invited them in, clearing a space on the sofa and called to the boys to come listen.
Soon to the gentle accompaniment of the guitar, healing words filled Lucy’s heart.
I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows to late.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.