PROVO — An surprising trial in Ronald E. Bartholomew’s life has given him new admiration and respect for the biblical determine of Job.
“I’ve had fairly the journey the previous few months,” Bartholomew stated within the opening moments of his BYU Schooling Week presentation. “I used to be identified with Parkinson’s illness. This has actually helped me recognize Job higher than I ever did earlier than. I really feel like I’m telling this presentation from a perspective of expertise reasonably than simply speaking about it.”
Bartholomew’s on-line presentation with sensible functions from the Guide of Job and his private expertise with Parkinson’s illness was certainly one of many lessons made accessible to patrons final week as a part of BYU Schooling Week’s revamped on-line format.
BYU Education Week was initially scheduled Aug. 17-21. Because of the results introduced on by COVID-19, organizers adjusted to have greater than 50 presenters create digital lessons masking a variety of matters. The lessons grew to become accessible Oct. 7 and on-line entry will proceed by way of March 31, 2021. Displays might be seen repeatedly and on demand.
The objective of BYU Schooling Week is to assist people search data, understanding and be strengthened spiritually. This yr’s theme comes from the New Testomony, James 1:5, “If any of you lack knowledge, let him ask of God.”
As a part of his 33-minute presentation, Bartholomew — author, researcher, retired non secular teacher, and president and founding father of LDS Mission Research — recounted the Previous Testomony story of Job, a righteous man whom the Lord allowed to undergo and lose all the pieces as a check of his religion.
Bartholomew’s battle with Parkinson’s illness pressured him to retire, has prevented him from doing issues he wished to do and has been troublesome for his household. By examine and private expertise, Bartholomew has gained a brand new perspective and realized useful classes from Job’s story, a lot of which he shared in his presentation.
First, though it’s troublesome for us to grasp the rationale for all the pieces, needless to say the Lord is aware of the rationale for all the pieces, together with our trials, temptations and the difficulties we face on a day-to-day foundation, he stated.
Second, the Lord didn’t give any trials to Job, he allowed them to occur. It’s the identical for us, he stated.
Third, it doesn’t matter what occurred to Job, he persevered, remained trustworthy and endured to the tip.
“We don’t want to grasp our trials to endure them properly,” Bartholomew stated. “I don’t perceive my trial. I do not know why I used to be given this illness. … That doesn’t matter. I don’t want to grasp. I simply must endure it properly.”
A fourth lesson is to maintain praying for revelation and solutions however wait patiently upon the Lord. Bartholomew believes understanding will finally come.
“It is a robust one. Job saved praying and praying for revelation and solutions, but they didn’t come. I do know what that seems like,” he stated. “We have to wait patiently upon the Lord for the solutions to come back why we’re having the trial we’re having.”
Fifth, one of many largest classes discovered within the Guide of Job is that the righteous undergo. Bartholomew referenced the struggling of Jesus Christ, Joseph being bought into Egypt and Joseph Smith anguishing in jail. However there was a function.
“The Lord permits his folks to undergo so that they develop into extra like him,” he stated. “Do I like struggling? No. Would I want this on anyone? No. Am I glad that I’ve this trial? No. No, I’m not terribly joyful about all of it. However it’s what it’s. The righteous undergo. That’s simply one thing that occurs. However we are able to take coronary heart in understanding that the Lord permits the righteous to undergo for his functions to make them higher ultimately.”
Lastly, struggling permits an individual to develop charity and compassion for others. These are attributes Bartholomew has gained by way of his personal troublesome journey.
“I really feel like I’ve extra charity now than I ever have earlier than. Perhaps I needed to have this trial in order that I may develop charity, I don’t know. … However this trial has allowed me to like those that I hadn’t cherished earlier than in a manner that I by no means had cherished them earlier than,” Bartholomew stated.
“We should always love others it doesn’t matter what as a result of we don’t know what they’re going by way of. Our family and friends members could also be going by way of trials like Job. We don’t know.”
For extra data on BYU Schooling Week, together with lessons, presenters and value, go to educationweek.byu.edu.