This post is especially angsty, so consider this a warning.
At our ward's last fast and testimony meeting, several people mentioned the "fact" that God sends us our trials. This can somehow be construed as comforting (see the last post on how everything being "controlled" by God is both deceptively comforting and false [in my opinion]). When you get down to it though, what kind of a god would be so cruel? If he is real, he helps us see the benefit that trials can bring, but he doesn't send them to us.
When people in sacrament said that God sends trials and will take them away when we learn enough, I felt anger and the thought that came to my mind was, **language alert**