"Our Heavenly Father, who gives us so much to delight in, also knows that we learn and grow and become stronger as we face and survive the trials through which we must pass/ We know that there are times when we will experience heartbreaking sorrow, when we will grieve, and when we may be tested to our limits.
"However such difficulties allow us to change for the better, to rebuild our lives in the way our Heavenly Father teaches us, and to become something different from what we were--better than we were, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were, with stronger testimonies than we had before."--Thomas S. Monson, Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
As always, President Monson says much in a few, well chosen words. Surviving trials strengthens us in a way that enjoying the smooth times of life will never do. Much as I hate going through the hard times, I find I emerge with more confidence and more gratitude than I previously had.
So, for today, I am grateful for those times when I "change for the better."