Pain Is Inevitable, Misery Is Optional

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No one wants to experience pain. But there seems to be "no other way" to teach us some of the valuable lessons of wisdom and humility, patience and endurance that we need to experience in this life. Though pain comes to us in different ways- sometimes self-inflicted, sometimes a natural result of mortality- there are things we can do to minimize our misery and maximize our learning, regardless of its source. This book explores how understanding our heritage as sons and daughters of God, learning to take the Spirit as our guide, avoiding self-deception, and accepting the Atonement can all help us deal better with the pain that will inevitably come into our lives.

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No one wants to experience pain. But there seems to be "no other way" to teach us some of the valuable lessons of wisdom and humility, patience and endurance that we need to experience in this life. Though pain comes to us in different ways- sometimes self-inflicted, sometimes a natural result of mortality- there are things we can do to minimize our misery and maximize our learning, regardless of its source.

Drawing on the lessons he has learned through experience, author Hyrum W. Smith discusses gospel principles that can help us understand and deal with pain that will inevitably come into our lives. He explains: · The nature of God’s plan for our lives.
· Why pain is part of the plan.
· The importance of knowing who we really are.
· The power of endurance.
· How we can avoid the pain that comes from self-deception.
· How we can take the Holy Spirit as our guide.
· The liberating power of the Savior’s atonement.
· The glories of eternity when "God shall wipe away all tears."

The author writes, "The Atonement is real, and its redemption is freely given to all of us if we will but avail ourselves of the Savior’s mercy. I hope and pray that this book will help you avoid the kinds of self-deception that produces much of our pain, and to endure those pains you must endure with the assurance that there is divine light and love and joy at the end of the journey.

About the Author:

Hyrum W. Smith is founder and chairman of the board of The Galileo Initiative, a team of business consulting, training, development, and communication professionals. In 1984, he helped create the widely used Franklin Day Planner and formed Franklin Quest Co. He is the author of several nationally published books and has received many honors and awards, including three honorary doctorate degrees. He and his wife, Gail, enjoy life at their ranch in Gunlock, Utah, close to their children and grandchildren.

Gerreld L. Pulsipher is a writer and graphic designer, the coauthor of several books, and has worked closely with Hyrum W. Smith over the years in writing and editing his books. Born in Nevada and growing up in southern Utah and Salt Lake City, he is a former managing editor of the Millennial Star magazine and has served twice as bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Holladay, Utah, where they enjoy close association with their six children and seventeen grandchildren.

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