Family life can be filled with joy, but in mortality “family” can bring with it associated pain, longing, and disappointment. The ways it can fall short of our hopes and dreams could be a long list. But this week’s lesson reminds us, that even in the face of discouragement, we have been promised good things to come.

Fulfillment of that promise requires faith.

Hebrews 11 is filled with examples and instructions regarding faith. The “Lectures on Faith” build on these teachings summarizing three important elements of faith. First, that God exists; second, a correct idea of His character and attributes; and third, a knowledge that the course of life one pursues is in accordance with His will.
How can this understanding of faith help us in our family situations? If we long for children, a companion, a reconciliation and harmony that seems “afar off” (vs 13)?

First, we are not alone. God does exist and is aware of us. Second, his character and attributes have been seen in our lives and witnessed by others. He is almighty, creator, loving, all knowing and as President Holland reminds us,

“Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.” (Oct ‘99)

Therefore third, with these things being true, short-sightedly trying to redefine God’s will in terms of family relationships will ultimately add to our pain, not alleviate it.

Stay on the path.

It’s a path to healing and hope, happiness and help, through the Savior. As President Holland reminds us, “There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World …”

There are good things to come!

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