A sweet family in our ward is going through a very difficult experience right now. The father was diagnosed with cancer a couple weeks ago. This week, he started the long, hard process of treatments. When trials and difficulties hit us, we don't know why we have to go through them. We have to believe that Heavenly Father is aware of us and knows each of us and what we need in order to return to Him. The Gospel is simple. Living it isn't always easy. The more we follow Heavenly Father's way, though, the easier it becomes.
I have friends with little or no understanding or patience with faith or God, who may think that I'm naive or brainwashed. Only I know the experiences that have brought me to my beliefs. I can't share that with anyone else, but everyone can have their own experiences. It is what makes faith so amazingly wonderful, and also so hard for skeptics to accept.
If anyone is interested in participating in a 40-day fast for my friends, please check out Fasting for the Philpotts on facebook.