“Ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions (Mosiah 24:14). We gain experience, refinement, and growth through adversity.
Elder Robert E. Wells, of the First Quorum of the Seventy, explained the purpose of adversity in mortality. He said: “One of the purposes of this life is to be tested, tried, and proven to see how well we will serve the Lord. The Prophet Joseph said that we would be tested to see if we would serve and remain faithful through all hazards. We knew before we came that there would be many adverse circumstances to test us: accidents, sickness, and disease to prove us; temptations and distractions to try us; disappointments, discourage- ments, reverses, failures, and all kinds of situations to determine our character.”
Elder Wells then told this story: “I have been flying many kinds of aircraft for the last 30 years, both in the U.S. and in Latin American countries. Not too long ago when I had returned to the States after an absence of some years, a very dear friend offered me the use of his new twin engine Cessna. “We discussed my qualifications and of being covered under his insurance policy, and it turned out that I needed a check ride with a qualified inspector as it had been some time since I had flown that particular type of plane.
“The arrangements were made, and I met the inspector at the side of the airplane at the appointed hour with my licenses from the USA, Argentina, Paraguay, and Ecuador, and logbooks showing flights in Cessna 310s across jungles, mountains, deserts, international boundaries, etc. He smiled calmly but was unimpressed and said, “I’ve heard about you, and I have no doubt about how much flying you have done, but I have to assume that those flights were when nothing went wrong. Now let’s fire up this bird and see how well you fly it when