A few years ago, I spent countless days and nights searching the scriptures and praying for answers to show me how to solve certain challenges that I was facing in my life at that time. I put forth all the faith that I had in hope that a miracle would occur to take away the emotional pain I was suffering.
When Christ was suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, He plead with His Father saying, “if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”(Luke 22:42) Throughout my struggling, I was constantly praying that my “cup” would pass from me, but it wasn’t until I was able to accept that it wasn’t Heavenly Father’s will that my trial would suddenly go away, that I was able to find peace and allow the Atonement to begin to heal and strengthen me.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has said, “If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it…” (October 2013 General Conference). The Sacrament cup, to me, has come to symbolize the acceptance of Heavenly Father’s will. Each week as I take the cup and drink from it, I am promising Heavenly Father that I will accept and follow His will and do whatever He asks of me.
Being able to accept and try my best to follow wherever Heavenly Father leads has brought so much light into a world that was dark for me for so long. I know that as I willingly drink from whatever cup Heavenly Father may ask me to partake of, I will be able to withstand any difficulties I will face in my life. I am grateful for my loving Father in Heaven who puts struggles in my life that He knows I need to endure to become like Him and I am grateful for my Brother, Jesus Christ, for making the Atonement possible so I can make it through and accomplish those things.