When Divorce Happens: Work!

Salli's Divorce Support Blog

Elder D. Todd Christopherson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, inspired my thinking last week in General Conferenece.

"God has designed this mortal existence to require nearly constant exertion. I recall the Prophet Joseph Smith’s simple statement: “By continuous labor [we] were enabled to get a comfortable maintenance” (Joseph Smith—History 1:55). By work we sustain and enrich life. It enables us to survive the disappointments and tragedies of the mortal experience. Hard-earned achievement brings a sense of self-worth. Work builds and refines character, creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God. A consecrated life is filled with work, sometimes repetitive, sometimes menial, sometimes unappreciated but always work that improves, orders, sustains, lifts, ministers, aspires."

His words reminded me of a quote I saw in an old ward Relief Society receipe book I found a few months ago:

The Recipe for Success: Work. The quote went on to describe "work" as the answer to every problem and situation. If you're sad, work. If you're angry, work. If you're lonely or disappointed, or confused, excited, or happy: work!

Elder Christopherson's word's reminded me that when divorce happens in your life, put your shoulder to the wheel and make something good happen in your life. For yourself, or better yet, for your children. Apply some honest labor to the situation and allow the healing effects of "work" to sustain and support you.

Work! A precious commodity.


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