Brother Darryl Foutz, the accounting department chair at BYU-Idaho, spoke at devotional about how personal trials are a part of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness.

“This beautiful earth was created as a testing ground for those who kept their first estate,” Foutz said.

Foutz said because our Father’s plan is perfect, it is a test designed specifically for each of us.

Griffin Long, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, said that Foutz kept his attention with the different stories he told about those who had to overcome their trials with faith.

Foutz recounts the story of Joseph when he was sold to Egypt by his brothers.

“Joseph didn’t lose faith in the Lord,” Foutz said. “He didn’t curse God because he was falsely accused and thrown into prison.”

Long said it always seems that as our faith and righteousness deepens, our trials become harder.

Foutz tells the story of a former BYU-I student who was in a wrestling match accident while in high school, and he was paralyzed from the chest down.

“His feelings after this accident where never of self-pity,” Foutz said. “I am a different person because of him.”

Long said we see in many situations how things get worse before they can get better.

“There was a time when I was returning to church from being less active and it was really hard,” Long said.

Long said how at first those small things of just going to church and keeping the commandments was difficult to do, but overtime keeping the commandments and going to church each week became easier.

“I’ve experienced a lot in my life where something can seem difficult in the beginning,” Long said. “Although, if we do our best to keep chipping away at this trial by developing the faith necessary, everything seems to become easier.”

Long said he completely agreed with the words of Foutz when he said how we are a part of a perfectly designed plan.

“The plan of happiness is perfectly designed for us, that everything we go through is perfectly designed for each one of us, and if we can remember that, then life would be a little easier,” Long said. “If we could just not forget that everything we go through is just for us.”