Monday, June 6, 2011

"The Atonement Covers All Pain" -- Elder Kent F. Richards

Elder Robert D. Hales said,

"Pain brings you to a humility that allows you to ponder."

This sentence has allowed me to is a very true statement. I regret to say that my more sincere prayers are not those given in times of joy and gratitude -- they are cried in times of despair and loneliness and pain. During that time of sorrow, there seems to be a lot of time available to reflect on my life, and why I wound up so sad. It is then I can see the flaw, make necessary repairs, and move forward with new determination and focus. I am grateful for those moments of hopelessness where I have found true hope.

Another interesting thing here, Elder Richards says:

"During His mortal life, Christ chose to experience pains and afflictions in order to understand us."

President Henry B. Eyring said:

"[Christ] could have known how to succor us simply by revelation, but He chose to learn by His own personal experience."

What amazing love Christ has for us. He cares about us so much that he endured the most pain in the universe has ever seen in order to know the things we are going through.

When Joseph Smith was in Liberty Jail, he asked he Lord when he would be delivered and why he had to endure such torment. The Lord answered that Joseph was not yet in such agony as Job was or the old testament.

Job endured horrible trials. It seemed the worst possible scenarios all came true before him. However, Job's suffering could not even come close to what Christ suffered.

In our own times of suffering, it hardly helps to realize that our trials are so tiny compared to Joseph, Job, and Jesus -- but it can help if we go to Christ for help. He chose to endure all our pains so He could succor us; so why should we not let Him so what he went through so much to do?

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