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October 21, 2019

Help From Heaven

Relying on tools from a loving Heavenly Father can give us the strength to work through our challenges

When we pass through challenges in life, it can be easy to feel alone. We may wonder if there’s anyone who could possibly understand our situation or if there’s any hope for relief. As these feelings surface, we can receive comfort knowing that we are never alone.

We have a loving Heavenly Father who has not left us comfortless. Through our covenants, the scriptures, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can receive heavenly help.

Honoring our covenants enlarges our capacity.

Covenant promises

Elder David A. Bednar shares, “As we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, our capacity is enlarged.”1 We have the precious promise that when we do what God has asked us to do, we will receive help and support. We can think about our baptisimal and temple covenants and reflect on the promises we will receive as we keep them.

Part of the baptismal covenant promises that as we remember the Savior, we will have His Spirit to be with us.2 The Spirit of the Lord is one of the most precious gifts Heavenly Father has blessed us with. The Holy Ghost is a source of comfort, and He testifies of all truth. If we need peace during trials or increased knowledge during our studies, the Holy Ghost can help us.

Supported by His word

We can find other forms of heavenly help as we turn to the scriptures and the teachings of modern-day prophets. By learning gospel principles, we can find ways to work through our challenges.

Studying the word of God can give us the revelation to work through our challenges.

The scriptures contain many examples of people who faced difficult circumstances and overcame them by turning to Heavenly Father and asking for help.

Today, prophets share their experiences of challenges they’ve faced and the principles they’ve followed to find peace in their lives. Through revelation, they have seen our day and they know how to guide us. Information on a host of topics and talks that can strengthen us can be found at churchofjesuschrist.org.

Power through Him

Above all, we have the support of Jesus Christ and the enabling power of His Atonement. Through His grace, we receive a “divine means of help or strength.”3 As we turn to Him in humble prayer, and ask for His help, we will be strengthened.

In 2 Corinthians, Jesus Christ, speaking to the Apostle Paul, said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul responded, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”4

We each will fall short in our lives, but we can glory in Christ as we rely on Him to help us overcome our imperfections. He not only blesses us with power to work through our challenges, but He gives us family and friends, angels seen and unseen, to help us as well. As we rely on Him, we don’t ever need to feel alone.

How have you received heavenly help in your own life? Share your experiences in the comments below!

We can glory in Christ as we allow the power of His atonement to rest upon us.


1^ David A. Bednar, “I Have Learned for Myself,” (BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotional, Oct. 23, 2018) byupathway.lds.org/speeches
2^ D&C 20:79
3^ See Bible Dictionary, “Grace”
4^ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Comments on "Help From Heaven"

Gabriela Mera says:

Heavenly Father had given me the strength to resist the adversary’s attacks. The adversary had been trying to scare my family and me, trying to extort my son. The prayers and the strength that I had received in the temple put him out of my son’s life; however, the best part was the peace he had been having in the middle of the danger.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for sharing your experience, Gabriela. The Lord loves you and will always bless you with the strength you need!

Diane R Beck says:

Heavenly Father has been so patient with me as I learn a new way of believing through becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been so blessed with this Truth!

Lauren Conrad says:

That’s wonderful, Diane! The Lord cares more about our direction than our speed, and He blesses us when we do our best to choose the right and progress.

Marvin Byansi says:

I had been wondering what next educational step to take after high school, an option I would love and therefore offer my maximum strength to achieve the best results. The Lord provided the best option ever of hope for “The BYU PathwayConnect program.”

The Lord surely sees us in whatever situations we are in.

Fabiola Carrasco says:

The Lord has given me the strength and knowledge that I need, now that I enrolled in BYU-Pathway. It hasn’t been easy being a mother of four kids under the age of eight. This opportunity is priceless for me and my family.

Musa Sesay says:

I do believe that Heavenly Father is a kind and ever-loving father. He is always there to comfort us in our trials and tribulations. These are experiences that I have gone through several times in my life. Indeed, He is always there to lighten our burdens.

Mavis Grant says:

I get my strength and knowledge that I need from reading the scriptures. That ‘small voice’ has always been there prompting me, giving

me guidance. I know the trials and tribulations that pass my way are the experiences I need to learn from. The Family Council and

Finance Tracker have both helped me solve some of the sticky situations over this past month.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for your insights, Mavis! Our trials really can help us learn and grow, and Heavenly Father always gives us the resources we need to overcome them.

Pruter Karben says:

I truly agree with you Marvis that we get our strength and knowledge that we need from our Heavenly Father.

Kudakwashe says:

I really need help from heaven right now…when things are going wrong at all angles…Heavenly Father take
Control because on my own I’m failing…

Lauren Conrad says:

Kudakwashe, your trust in the Lord is inspiring. We are guaranteed to go through hard times in life, but we are also guaranteed that God will be with us every step of the way. Like the Lord said to Joseph Smith, “Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.” Heavenly Father will bless and support you as you go through hard times!

Terrilyn says:

Heavenly Father has blessed me as sometimes I feel like giving up. I have the strength to keep on going to carry on my journey for success.

Lauren Conrad says:

Thanks for your insight, Terrilyn. I like how you pointed out that Heavenly Father didn’t take away your difficulties, but He gave you the strength you needed to keep going. You will be even stronger for not giving up!

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