Study question: Often God arranges circumstances that may not make sense (or even be enjoyable) at the time, but later we realize how they benefited us. When have you seen an example of this in your own life?
I went through a hard breakup when I was at university. The guy was my high school love, and I’d waited for him as he served a mission. We had grand plans together to get married and start a life together. Really long story short, he broke my heart into a million pieces and I spend the next few years feeling like I couldn’t be put back together again. I was a mess. I was hard on myself, I felt worthless, I was a bad friend and I was unable to let anyone in. In time I healed and learned how to finally hand it all over to the Lord. But I still always wondered WHY why why would you let me go through such an extreme amount of pain? One night I found myself sitting on a couch as a new friend broke down in front of me, and spilled out feelings and a story that sounded oh-too familiar to me… and with an understanding completely new to me I realised that my heavenly parents had gifted me we an opportunity to truly, so completely “mourn with one who mourns”. A sacred baptismal covenant was highlighted and I could honestly tell her, assure her: this too will pass! This will make you stronger! You will be healed, and one day this moment I’m having will happen for you. I realised how important it is in heavenly fathers plan that we support, lift and comfort one another.
Summary: Mormon takes some editorial license and explains how he’s been putting together the Book of Mormon. Even though he had already abridged the history of Nephi down to King Benjamin, he found the small plates of Nephi—which comprises the first six books that we just finished reading—and inserted them into his writings even though they covered history he had already written down. (These records duplicated the information from the first 116 pages of the Book of Mormon that Martin Harris and Joseph Smith lost in 1828.) Mormon then explains how King Benjamin restored the Nephites to righteousness and peace.
Scripture: Words of Mormon 1:7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will.