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Elder Rasband: 'Special lessons'

Trusting in God's will is central to mortality, said Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy in his Sunday morning conference address.

"With faith in Him, we draw upon the power of Christ's Atonement at those times when questions abound and answers are few," he said.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Elder Rasband began his address by sharing a personal story about his grandson Paxton, who was born with a rare genetic disorder. Shortly after his grandson was born, Elder Rasband said knew Heavenly Father would bless and teach the family special lessons. While giving his grandson a blessing, the words from the 9th chapter of John came into his mind. "…that the works of God should be made manifest."

Elder Rasband spoke of his grandson Paxton, who has a rare genetic disorder.
Elder Rasband spoke of his grandson Paxton, who has a rare genetic disorder. Photo: IRI

"We are learning patience, faith and gratitude through the balm of service, endless hours of intense emotions, tears of empathy and the prayers and expressions of love for dear ones in need, especially Paxton and his parents," he said.

He quoted President James E. Faust: "I have a great appreciation for those loving parents who stoically bear and overcome their anguish and heartbreak for a child who was born with or who has developed a serious mental or physical infirmity. This anguish often continues every day, without relief, during the lifetime of the parent or the child. …"

Elder Rasband said that Paxton's family has been surrounded by countless heavenly and earthly ministering angels. Through their acts of service, another special lesson was learned. "We continue to learn the important value of being aware and interested in the lives of those around us; learning not only the importance of giving help, but also the overwhelming joy that comes from helping others," he said.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Though many people face trials, adversities, disabilities, heartaches and all manner of afflictions, a loving Savior will always be there, said Elder Rasband. "He has promised: 'I will not leave you comfortless: I will come unto you' (John 14:18) '…My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid'" (John 14:27).

"Brothers and sisters, it is my hope and prayer that we will continue to bear nobly our burdens and to reach out to those among us who are suffering and in need of being lifted and encouraged."

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