Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Daniel and Melanie Hedlund found out Daniel had cancer in December 2007, three weeks after being married. The cancer has returned twice, but today Daniel is in remission.

“I think the lesson to be learned is that our Heavenly Father loves us, and He wants what’s best for us, like any father would,” Daniel said. “If we can trust that simple fact . . . then all of a sudden there’s this paradigm shift because we look at our trials and challenges and obstacles as a means to an end. It all of a sudden became for me something that would grow me as a person, would grow my testimony, would grow my faith in the Savior, would help me to rely on somebody other than my own capabilities.”
The trials of this life will ultimately lead to joy if we patiently trust in God’s plan and discover how to use adversity to grow stronger.

I’ve learned that the way I respond to trials can have a great effect on whether they become roadblocks in my life or expressways to learning and growth. 

When I anguish over difficulties, the experiences only serve to weigh me down. But remembering that these trials are part of the great plan of happiness helps me to see them as opportunities to grow and learn.

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At February 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Shaylynn... Bloggin Fool. said...

The trick of my life is how I handle my trials, turning it over to God has always been a struggle. Which shouldn't be a struggle, when it's the clearest answer.

Thank you for your post today.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

At February 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Jenn @ PSP said...

What an incredibly crazy story! I can't imagine what I would do if my hubby got cancer. I do absolutely love that song, though. It's true, I feel like the times in my life I have been closest to God is when I've gone through suffering. Thanks for checking out my blog, I'd love to follow! Follow me back if you'd like : )



At February 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Thanks for stopping by! Handling trials is always sometimes hard, especially when we should be turning it over to God and trusting in His will and not our own.

Hope your day is wonderful!

At February 21, 2012 at 2:53 PM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

I know! I thought about that after I watched that video!
What a horrible trial to have to face for him personally and for them as a newly married couple!
I totally agree! I think back to the times when I was really going through some bad times and that is when I have learned to lean on God more than ever before.

Following you :)

At February 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Sara Shoemaker said...

I love the message of this post! Even though it can be hard to see at times, trials are really what makes us stronger and what we learn from. I know I wouldn't be the same person I am today if it weren't for my trials. thanks for the reminder!

The House of Shoes


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