Being Overwhelmed Is Very Much A Part Of The Journey


Joseph Fielding McConkie gave a talk entitled, “Finding Answers,” at a devotional in 2006. In his talk he told a story.

The story centered around a young man who had a very difficult problem. He did not know what to do, so he visited with his bishop. The bishop listened carefully and thoughtfully. He asked a few questions to assure that he understood all that was involved. He then confessed that he had no idea what counsel to give but told the young man that he would be meeting with the stake president the next evening and that he would present the matter to him.

The Bishop took the problem to the Stake President and he didn’t know what to do with it so he met with a member of the Quorum of the Twelve who also confessed he doesn’t have an idea what counsel to give. The apostle then brings it to a meeting he has with the President of the Church, who at the time was David O. McKay. Up to this point all have listened attentively and with desire to help. The story continues:

“That afternoon he,(the apostle), met with President McKay and carefully explained the problem. President McKay listened attentively and asked a few questions to assure that he understood all that was involved and then said, “Well, that’s his (meaning the young man’s) problem, isn’t it.”
McConkie ended his talk with some sound advise and wisdom: ” If angels will not do for you what you can do for yourself, be assured that the Holy Ghost will not do it either. It is not the design of heaven that we be rescued from all difficult situations. Rather, it is the system that we grow up and learn to handle them. The sense of being overwhelmed is very much a part of the journey…. Nevertheless, the path we seek will always be clearly marked by the covenants we have made and the callings we have received. It is the accepting of our lot and moving forward with what the Lord has asked of us that we discover that the Holy Ghost enjoys our company, angels feel constrained to join us, and the heavens open to our vision.”

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