One of the speakers at church today began by talking about the training it takes to participate in an athletic event; whether it is running a marathon or being on a team, a person needs to prepare and train in order to be at his best for the contest. Running around the block a couple of times does not mentally or physically prepare you to compete with those people who have spent months to get in their best physical form. Likewise, the speaker analogized, we need to be in daily training to live eternally in the presence of our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ.
Wilford Woodruff stated: "We have been called to pass through trials many times, and I do not think we should complain, because if we had no trials we should hardly feel at home in the other world in the company of the prophets and apostles who were sawn asunder, crucified, etc., for the word of God and testimony of Jesus Christ."
Life dishes out some hard times, but we are in training. We are in training to join God and His prophets and the righteous people who have passed before us. The goal deserves our best effort, the best we have to offer, and our patience in trials and suffering, while we allow God to mold us into the person He wants us to be when we join Him.