Think for a moment and imagine that you have died, and entered the spirit world. Upon entry you are now reviewing your earthly life and all of your experiences in mortality. While there and reflecting you are asked the following questions, what would be your answers?
What were some of the trials you faced?...
What lessons have you learned from life's trials?...
If you could live your life over, what would you change about the way you dealt with your trials?...
How could you have taken better advantages of life's experiences?...
When I imagined this senario, I really thought, and reached into my heart trying to answer truthfully in my journal.
What are some of the trials I faced? For me life has been full of trials, its just been one hit after another. Some of my own making and some not but on the whole has been a struggle; but what lessons have I learned from those struggles? I have learned to not give up, even when I felt like giving up, even when I wanted to die and prayed Heavenly Father would just take me, even when it hurt beyond the capcity I felt I had to deal with it, even when I didn't understand things fully, I learned not to give up to be steadfast and immovable leaning on Christ. In the world of Elder Jeffery R Holland, "Don't you give you, don't you do it!"
If I could live life over, what would I change about the way I dealt with my trials? I would not be weak and give in, I would not let Satan win, for in some of my battles, he won. Rather, I would be obedient to the commandments and Gospel of Jesus Christ because in there is safety and peace, I would seek and follow the counsel of the Lord because again there in, no matter how hard, is safety and peace. So, in going back, I would tell myself to stay the course...
How could I have taken better advantages of life's experiences? I should have paid more attention, I should have not been distracted....at times when I forgot, I should have remembered and requested and followed the counsel of the Lord, it would have been so much better, it would have been safer...even when it was hard.
The Moral of my story, I should have at certain times in my life, not fallen short, stayed the course and held to the iron rod, in doing so, I would have been that much smarter, and stronger. I am sometimes saddened that it took me too long to become converted, I wish I had allowed mine eyes to be opened sooner.
What is the Moral of your story?...
For Joseph Son of Jacob, in the Old Testament, the moral of his story was faith and obedience. Even in the heat of great adversity, trail and tribulation, he did not falter, and the Lord was with him. Our goal today is to learn from him so that we can gain strength and knowledge that we too will not falter, but be Fruitful in the Land of our Affliction.
1. Joseph interprets the dreams of the butler, the baker, and Pharaoh. Pharaoh makes Joseph ruler over all Egypt. Genesis 40–41
He was hated by his brothers Genesis 37:4
His brothers conspired to kill him, then sold him as a slave instead Genesis 37:18–28
He was unjustly put in prison after refusing to do evil Genesis 39:20
How did Joseph respond to his trials? Joseph, rather than sulk in his misery and curse God for all his bad situations, remained steadfast and faithful.
How did the Lord bless Joseph for being righteous during times of trial? "But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison, and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it." Genesis 39:21-22
Joseph In Prison Genesis 40
Being put in prison unjustly was a great trial for Joseph yet at the same time it was a blessing. In the Quran the story of Joseph states that he was actually happier to be in prison, than to be in the household with Pottifers wife and drama, it was safer. I think this may have been a true statement for he was being hunted so to speak by a wild woman. and he's goal was to stay true to God. So though it was a great trail, and injustice, Joseph treated it as a blessing.
In doing so, while there he gained the respect of the prison master and was elevated in his position while serving sentance. And along with him serving time, were Pharaoh's butler and baker. These two servants were put under the charge of Joseph while serving their sentence. In this chapter of Genesis we learn that while in prison these men each had dreams which Joseph, through the power of God, accurately interpreted teaching each man that interpretations belong to God.
When Joseph interpreted the butler’s dream, what did he ask of the butler in return? Genesis 40:14–15