DALLAS JONES: The faith to endure disasters

Published on 01.01. EST, Friday, January 8, 2021

  • This combination of satellite imagery from the National Hurricane Center shows 30 hurricanes that occurred during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. (National Hurricane Center via AP)

    This combination of satellite imagery from the National Hurricane Center shows 30 hurricanes that occurred during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. (National Hurricane Center via AP)

    Photo: National Hurricane Center

Photo: National Hurricane Center

This combination of satellite imagery from the National Hurricane Center shows 30 hurricanes that occurred during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. (National Hurricane Center via AP)

This combination of satellite imagery from the National Hurricane Center shows 30 hurricanes that occurred during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. (National Hurricane Center via AP)

Photo: National Hurricane Center

DALLAS JONES: The belief that you can endure disaster

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are some people spared while others have to endure? Many people have suffered from pandemics, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, forest fires and other disasters this year.

The Savior Jesus Christ said, “In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 in the Bible).

The apostle Paul declared: “… that we must enter the kingdom of God through great tribulation.” (Acts 14:22 in the Bible).

Life on earth should be a test for the sons and daughters of God. We will be tested to see whether we will develop faith, keep God’s commandments, and endure adversity and challenges.

PARADISE

CALIFORNIA FIRES

“In November 2018, the fire raged through the town of Paradise so fast that most people didn’t have time to do anything other than get out. When it was all over, 95 percent of the city was destroyed. More than 11,000 houses had burned down.” But it’s really just things that have disappeared, “said Doug Danz months later as he walked through the ruins of his former home.” I’m still me. I still know what I know. I still have everything my wonderful adult experiences. None of it is gone. It’s all still within me. I just hope this experience refines me and makes me better. ”One said,“ We’re used to helping others, but we are not used to others helping us, especially people we don’t even know. So many got in touch. How do you thank them all? “

AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES

“The Australian bushfire season between June 2019 and March 2020 is now sometimes referred to as ‘Black Summer’. Sometimes the entire continent seemed to be on fire. Braden Murrin and his family live on a bush property that is completely surrounded by trees. When the fires got through, they threatened to lose everything.

“Keeping my family safe was my top priority,” said Braden. “We packed and evacuated as much as possible.” In one month, the flames approached the Murrins’ property three times. The first time the wind changed and blew the fire in a different direction. The second time the wind changed and firefighters stopped the fire.

The third time, Braden said, “I saw two great flashes of light and heard the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.” It started raining, dampening the ground and preventing the fire from entering the property again.

“I know we have been blessed and guarded,” said Braden. “I can only attribute this to the prayers of family and friends … and the fasting of members.” “Before the widespread fast, there was no rain in the forecast for months,” said Ian Carroll. “But after the fast it rained non-stop. Our gutters overflowed and the dams rose enough to drink the broth.” One critical morning he received a call from a fire coordinator: “We need your prayers now!” The winds pushed flames over the last hill, bringing them within 0.4 km of populated areas. When embers landed around houses, the church leader (Clare) sent a message to the members, then found a quiet room and prayed. When Clare called back for an update, he received good news. “The wind was turning,” said the fire coordinator. “It seems the fire has just stopped!” After a fast and prayer on Sunday with no rain in the prediction, the congregation experienced unexpected rain and a rainbow filled the sky. “

FASTING COMBINED WITH FREQUENT PRAYER

Fasting is without food or drink for a period of time, accompanied by frequent personal and family prayer to bring us closer to our Heavenly Father and the Savior, Jesus Christ. This can especially happen when we are faced with challenges that we cannot solve without divine help. When faced with great challenges, the Savior said, “And He said to them, This kind can only come about through prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29 in the Bible). The apostle Paul wrote in writing about all the challenges and sufferings he went through that he fasted often. (See 2 Corinthians 11:27 in the Bible)

Dallas Jones is the local leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of the above articles are from “Faith to Face Fires” December 2020 Ensign. For more information, call (231) 383-8359 or email [email protected] Those interested in reading more of Dallas Jones’ articles can visit their website at djonesarticles.com.

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