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Jesus taught how to find peace in trials and sorrows

"It was the Lord Himself who taught us by His own example how to find peace when the answers we receive are not what we asked for," said Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the Presidency of the Seventy at the April 1993 general conference.

"On the eve of His crucifixion, with 'soul . . . exceeding sorrowful, even unto death,' Jesus knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed to the Father, saying, 'O my Father, if it be possible [and He acknowledged "all things are possible unto thee"], let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.' " (Matt. 26:38-39; see also Mark 14:36.)Elder Pinegar said, "We can only try to imagine the anguish the Savior felt when we read in the Gospels that He was 'sore amazed and very heavy' (Mark 14:33) that He 'fell on his face' and prayed not once, but a second time, and then a third. (Matt. 26:39, 42, 44.) 'Father, if thou be willing remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.' (Luke 22:42.)

"We cannot imagine the anguish of a loving Father, who, knowing what had to be done, accepted His Beloved Son's willingness to suffer for all mankind. In this agony Christ was not left alone. As if the Father were saying, 'I cannot take it from you, but I can and will send you strength and peace,' there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.' (Luke 22:43.)

"If we resist the inspiration of God and turn from His promptings, we are left to our own confusion and lack of peace.

"Sometimes, when our prayers are not answered as we desire, we may feel the Lord has rejected us or that our prayer was in vain. We may begin to doubt our worthiness before God, or even the reality and power of prayer. That is when we must continue to pray with patience and faith and to listen for that peace."