Peter taught the saints to remember that the trial of their faith would lead to the salvation of their souls

Facing trials and maintaining, not just faith, but joy, is one of the hardest parts of this life and makes the messages of 1 and 2 Peter so much more inspiring. I loved this lesson and found many great talks to share. Hopefully as you study the scriptures, you will find the message that the Lord has for you and something here will enhance that message just a bit!

Trials are Coming
No matter how much we wished it wasn't so, trials will always be a part of life but how we handle them can make all the difference. I know that for me, my expectations sometimes are not in line with reality and result in disappointment, so maybe that is why I loved this video so much!

1 Peter 2: 20For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God

Living the gospel is not limited to times when it is convenient, when it is comfortable, when the sea is calm and there is no wind blowing. Anyone can hold the tiller of their ship when there is no wind. Anyone can take the boat into the bay when there is not a wave or a ripple in sight. The Lord needs people who can handle their ship in a storm. He needs people who can be reliable in the hard times, in the challenging times. That is when we have to be at our best. "If, when ye do well and suffer for it, yet take it patiently, this is acceptable with God" 

Some Stand-Alone Thoughts
As I was studying this week, I found some thoughts and quotes that came from talks and other messages that I loved, so I gathered them. I wanted to share them here.

1 Peter 1: 8-9Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though not ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The Greek word translated as end refers to the goal, purpose, consummation, or object. The Joseph Smith Translation changes this phrase to read "object of our faith." Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin used Peter's statement as an example of true faith, which eventually results in salvation. He explained: "Faith exists when absolute confidence in that which we cannot see combines with action that is in absolute conformity to the will of our Heavenly Father. Without all three-first, absolute confidence; second, action; and third, absolute conformity-all we have is a counterfeit, a weak and watered-down faith" 

1 Peter 1: 15-16But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

"Our climb up the path to perfection is aided by encouragement from the scriptures.... "Continuing encouragement comes as we follow the example of Jesus, who taught, 'Be ye holy; for I am holy! His hope for us is crystal clear! He declared:
'What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am. Thus, our adoration of Jesus is best expressed by our emulation of Jesus.... 
As begotten children of heavenly parents, we are endowed with the potential to become like them, just as mortal children may become like their mortal parents" (Nelson, "Perfection Pending,") 

2 Peter 1: 3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

President Lorenzo Snow explained that the glory of exaltation is not simply given to us. The Lord calls upon us to exert our greatest efforts: "Purity, virtue, fidelity, and godliness must be sought ambitiously, or the crown cannot be worn. Those principles must be incorporated with ourselves-woven into our constitutions-becoming a part of us.... These qualifications can be had only as they are sought and obtained; so that in the morning of the resurrection we will possess those acquisitions only which we secure in this world! Godliness cannot be conferred, but must be acquired-a fact of which the religious world seem strangely and lamentably unconscious"

Partakers of the Divine Nature
I loved this short video about how a Christlike transformation is possible for all of us. It is one of the best messages of this lesson.

The Beauty of Holiness
One of the talks I read this week was by Carol F. McConkie, called The Beauty of Holiness. Below are some of the highlights:

Holiness is in the striving and the struggle to keep the commandments and to honor the covenants we have made with God. Holiness is making the choices that will keep the Holy Ghost as our guide. Holiness is setting aside our natural tendencies and becoming “a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord.” 

Our hope for holiness is centered in Christ, in His mercy and His grace. With faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, we may become clean, without spot, when we deny ourselves of ungodliness and sincerely repent. We are baptized by water for the remission of sins. Our souls are sanctified when we receive the Holy Ghost with open hearts. Weekly, we partake of the ordinance of the sacrament. In a spirit of repentance, with sincere desires for righteousness, we covenant that we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ, remember Him, and keep His commandments so that we may always have His Spirit to be with us. Over time, as we continually strive to become one with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, we become partakers of Their divine nature. 

We recognize the multitude of tests, temptations, and tribulations that could pull us away from all that is virtuous and praiseworthy before God. But our mortal experiences offer us the opportunity to choose holiness. Most often it is the sacrifices we make to keep our covenants that sanctify us and make us holy. 

Sisters, if we would be holy, we must learn to sit at the feet of the Holy One of Israel and give time to holiness. Do we set aside the phone, the never-ending to-do list, and the cares of worldliness? Prayer, study, and heeding the word of God invite His cleansing and healing love into our souls. Let us take time to be holy, that we may be filled with His sacred and sanctifying Spirit. With the Holy Ghost as our guide, we will be prepared to receive the Savior in the beauty of holiness.

Each week I love these videos from Line Upon Line! I don't share them as often as I should, but I love they way they sum up the lesson so well and explain it in terms so easy to understand.

Some Thoughts on the Second Coming
I don't know why I have such a fascination with the Second Coming, but I love to read and learn about it--not because I'm anxious (okay, maybe a little...) but because I just find it interesting and want to know the signs when they happen. However, I am also careful about who I read, follow and listen to because there is so much room to be deceived if I'm not careful! I loved these thoughts, especially this first one, letting us know the Lord is patiently waiting for (and hoping for) everyone to repent.

2 Peter 3: 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

"Longsuffering is consistent with the Lord's character.
Though pained with man's cruelty and iniquity, the Lord will hold his peace a little longer. His silence is often effective. Just prior to the destructions in 3 Nephi, which took place in the first part of the thirty-fourth year, a large number of the people repented.
'And there were many in the commencement of this year (the thirty-third) that were baptized unto repentance! (3 Nephi 7:26.) Had he come a few months earlier, what would have been their fate?...
"The Lord has no desire to destroy his children.
He [is giving] them every opportunity to believe, change, and prepare" (Wilcox, Who Shall Be Able to Stand?)

2 Peter 3: 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up

President Gordon B. Hinckley taught: "How do you prepare for the Second Coming? You just do not worry about it. You just live the kind of life that if the Second Coming were to be tomorrow you would be ready. 
Nobody knows when it was going to happen.... Our responsibility is to prepare ourselves, to live worthy of the association of the Savior, to deport ourselves in such a way that we would not be embarrassed if He were to come among us. That is a challenge in this day and age" 

2 Peter 3: 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless

"What if the day of His coming were tomorrow?
If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow-through our premature death or through His unexpected coming-what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear?

"If we would do those things then, why not now?
Why not seek peace while peace can be obtained? If our lamps of preparation are drawn down, let us start immediately to replenish them" (Oaks, "Preparation for the Second Coming,").