Randall J. Brown shares in his book, Experiencing Christ: Your Personal Journey to the Savior, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc.(pp. 19-20), his insights on how trials and weaknesses turn us to Jesus Christ. As we turn to Christ, He can lift us—regardless of the problems we face. Brown belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and is an avid follower and disciple of Christ:
Our Father in Heaven does not condemn us for our weaknesses; they are gifts, meant to humble us and turn us to Christ. In fact, it is because of His deep love and compassion for each of us that He sent his Only Begotten Son. The Apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16–17).
Many of us find Christ in our darkest hours, once we have endured the depths to which opposition can take us. For some of us, these painful snares will be the catalysts that finally turn us to Christ. These yokes of bondage will become our greatest benefactors if we allow them to lead us into a relationship with the Lord.
Do we, like Nephi, know in whom we have trusted? Do we, like Moses, trust that the Lord will part the Red Sea for our escape? Do we truly believe that Christ is the answer to our dilemma? Can we “come boldly to the throne of grace” and claim the deliverance He promised us through His great atoning sacrifice? Can we put aside our carnal-minded- ness and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and our only hope for deliverance and salvation?
Soul-deep healing does not come from the power of man. Recovery from spiritual wounds comes only through a recovered relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jeffrey R. Holland, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, said in the April 2006 general conference:
I speak to those who are facing personal trials and family struggles, those who endure conflicts fought in the lonely foxholes of the heart, those trying to hold back floodwaters of despair that sometimes wash over us like a tsunami of the soul . . . to all such I offer the surest and sweetest remedy that I know…
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:28–30).
Are you battling a demon of addiction—tobacco or drugs or gam- bling, or the pernicious contemporary plague of pornography? Is your marriage in trouble or your child in danger? Are you confused with gender identity? . . . When [Christ] says to the poor in spirit, “Come unto me,” He means He knows the way out and the way up. He is . . . the Master over every problem and fear. He . . . is the solution to every discouragement and disappointment (Jeffery R. Holland, “Broken Things to Mend,” Ensign, May 2006).
The prophet Isaiah, speaking Messianically, eloquently described the Lord’s promise to each of us: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58:6).
For those caught in the snare of addictions and compulsive behaviors, I offer you great hope. This affliction can be turned into your greatest blessing. On your journey of deliverance, you will experience Christ. You will come to know the reality of His almighty power of deliverance. Understand that it will take place on His time frame, and that might be years. However, we have this promise: “Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage” (Mosiah 24:13).
No matter the length of His time frame, the Savior works in us every step of the way if we keep our trust in Him. His mercy, merits, and grace are the remedy for every malady we experience in mortality. They are living water and healing balm to each of us in our fallen state.
As we come unto Christ, we will be tutored through our own unique set of experiences, trials, and afflictions. These struggles can become the catalysts that turn us to Christ and allow us to experience Him in ways that would not otherwise be possible.
I invite you to come unto Christ and allow His redemptive power to bless and heal your soul. He can lift, strengthen, and infuse our souls with the hope that we can one day become like Him (Moroni 7:48). I witness that with His strength we can do all things (Holy Bible: Philippians 4:13). There is not any darkness that the Savior’s light cannot penetrate. How can you come closer to Christ, start by prayerfully study the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and observe the miraculous force of good that will enter your life. You can also, “Ask Mormon missionaries! They can help you!”
 Russel M. Nelson, “Ask the Missionaries! They Can Help You!” Ensign, Oct. 2012)
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.