"And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen then that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord."
I've always been amazed by this scripture... Alma and his people were in slavery basically, and if they were even found praying out loud they were put to death. The environment was amazingly oppressive, and yet... "they did submit cheerfully and with patience?" I can't even do that now, and my life isn't even close to that bad. I just think that they were amazingly faithful, and God made slavery almost tolerable for them. I think that is illustrative of what he can do in each of our lives, with WHATEVER our challenges... he can make them easier to bear, easier to overcome... if we just ask, if we just believe. Faith has so much power. These people knew no way out of their situation, and so they put it in God's hands... and he made them happy in oppression, and then he delivered them. In other scriptures they have to make everyone drunk... in this story, God just puts all the bad guys into a deep sleep, and all the good guys stay awake. And without gas masks. :) Faith. Amazing stuff. We can be cheerful and patient wherever we are as well, if we just ask God, and have faith that he will answer us. Not as easy as it sounds, but so possible... and so available.