The Wrights' Journal: Remaining Faithful in Trials

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This journal entry was written by Dale and Jan at the beginning of their fifth week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.

We have been home now almost a week since our son Zane passed away. We were grateful that we could be there with him and his family. We feel the Lord strengthening us now as we make arrangements for a memorial service. As parents, we have felt the temptation to withdraw and isolate, but we know that it would be harmful to our spiritual health. We are trying to reach out to others with phone calls to let them know of our gratitude for their love and support.

Acting on what we know to be true is our desire. Our faith is what we turn to. It is a time to act on the promptings we are given through the spirit. We have a new neighbor who is not of our faith and even though they didn’t know our son, we feel we should invite them to the funeral service so that they can hear of the gospel truths to be spoken at the memorial. We can give them the opportunity to partake of the peace that the gospel brings to our lives even in times of mourning.

We are realizing the power from the scriptures as we read and ponder each day from the Book of Mormon. Study and prayer is vital to strengthening our conversion. We know that Zane is safe. We will see him again. We have the assurance of the binding priesthood power of the temple ordinances. Our job is to continue to magnify our testimonies.

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