Written by Jake.
I paid my tithing.
I served a mission to Detroit, Michigan.
I was married in the Boise Temple.
Then my health started failing.
I went through a divorce.
I lost my car, and my job.
I had a hard time because I was living right and everything bad happened to me, I wanted to be anybody else but me. I made some poor choices I got a few tattoos thinking that I could be somebody else. It took a while for me to realize but I read a quote that said "you can't polish a gem without friction, just like you can't perfect a soul without trials" though trials and struggles we grow, we learn, and we grow.
Only through the Atonement can we be forgiven and come back to our Heavenly Father.
I am thankful for the Atonement and the ability to be forgiven, I am thankful for trials and struggles because through them we can become the person Heavenly Father knows we can be.
Note from Jessica: Jake touches on so many incredible truths here. As a follow-up to this post, I would highly recommend this talk by Elder Jeffrey Holland.