As a parent, I often do things my children don't understand. They question why they must go to bed at 7:30 or brush their teeth every day. Why do I make them eat vegetables when sweets taste so much better?
The older my boys get, the more they understand why I insist they wash their hair at least twice a week and get out of bed at a certain time. They learn the benefit of doing their homework right after school and having a clean room.
But when these things were first introduced, my children questioned and doubted my intentions. Why pick up blocks when they'll be played with later? Why make the bed when they'll just mess it up again? Why do chores at all? Or homework? Or anything?
They can't see the bigger picture - the one where I'm trying to maintain a house of order, to keep them safe, and to give them the tools they'll need to succeed in life.
In the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we're often asked by our Heavenly Father to do and accept things we don't yet understand. We may question our Father's intentions and wonder why we're asked to accept difficult concepts.
In this way, we're much like little children.
Why must we pray and study our scriptures every day? Why should we attend our church meetings every week when other activities are more fun? Why does the gospel seem so strict and unrelenting?
Following God's commandments can be difficult at times. Especially when doing so is unpopular or contrary to what the world believes. But our Heavenly Father sees the bigger picture and, working through His living prophets, guides us as He seeks to build a house of order, to keep us safe, and to give us the tools we need to succeed and return to His presence.
In these times of trial, when our faith and belief can be tested to their limits, we must remember that we are aware of just a small portion of the marvelous Plan of Happiness. Someday, when we've had a chance to spiritually grow and learn, all things required of us will make sense. We, too, will see the bigger picture and know how all the pieces fit together.
But for now, we must be as little children and trust in our Heavenly Father. We must trust that He loves us, His children, and only wants us to be happy on an eternal scale.