This story was related by one of the 12 apostles during general conference in April this year:

“President Hugh B. Brown, formerly a member of the Twelve and a counselor in the First Presidency, provided a personal experience. He told of purchasing a rundown farm in Canada many years ago. As he went about cleaning up and repairing his property, he came across a currant bush that had grown over six feet (1.8 m) high and was yielding no berries, so he pruned it back drastically, leaving only small stumps. Then he saw a drop like a tear on the top of each of these little stumps, as if the currant bush were crying, and thought he heard it say:

“How could you do this to me? I was making such wonderful growth. … And now you have cut me down. Every plant in the garden will look down on me. … How could you do this to me? I thought you were the gardener here.”

President Brown replied, “Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and someday, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.’”” Elder D.Todd Christofferson

There are times in life we question why certain things happen to us. Our Free image of Sloe TreeHeavenly Father who understands and cares about us allows us to be pruned  by allowing trials to come our way so that we can be humbled and even  learn to remember him . We may not recognize the result right then, but we become stronger and will continue to grow gradually when we are  patience with our trials. He is the gardner and he knows what he wants us to be. When we are where he wants us to be,and when we recognize his help in our lives we can look back and say”Thank you Mr. Gardner for loving me enough to cut me down”.

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