We, in fact, often find our faith deepened and our relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son refined in adversity. Let me share three examples.
1…First, the Savior, the Master Healer, has the power to change our hearts and give us permanent relief from the sorrow caused by our own sin…
2…Second, the Master Healer can comfort and strengthen us when we experience pain because of the unrighteous actions of others…
3…Third, the Master Healer can comfort and sustain us as we experience painful “realities of mortality,”13 such as disaster, mental illness, disease, chronic pain, and death…
1- Our Savior will likewise speak to us in a voice we recognize when we come to Him—for He knows us. He meets us where we are.
1- When we come to Him with humble and teachable hearts—even if our hearts are heavy with mistakes, sins, and transgressions—He can change us, “for he is mighty to save.”10
2-Hope and healing are not found in the dark abyss of secrecy but in the light and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.11 Elder Richard G. Scott counseled: “If you are free [from] serious sin yourself, don’t suffer needlessly the consequences of another’s sins. … You can feel compassion. … Yet you should not take upon yourself a feeling of responsibility. … When you have done what is reasonable to help one you love, lay the burden at the feet of the Savior. … As you so act, not only will you find peace but will demonstrate your faith in the power of the Savior to lift the burden of sin from a loved one through his repentance and obedience.”
2- If you find yourself in this situation, sisters, healing may be a long process. It will require that you prayerfully seek guidance and appropriate help, including counseling with properly ordained priesthood holders. As you learn to communicate openly, set appropriate boundaries and perhaps seek professional counseling. Maintaining spiritual health throughout the process is vital! Remember your divine identity: you are a beloved daughter of Heavenly Parents. Trust your Father’s eternal plan for you. Continue daily to increase your understanding of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Exercise faith each day to drink deeply from the Savior’s well of living water. Rely on the endowment of power made available to each of us through ordinances and covenants. And allow the healing power of the Savior and His Atonement into your life.
3-I have recently become acquainted with a remarkable young woman named Josie who suffers from bipolar disorder. Here is just a little of her journey toward healing as she shared it with me:
“[He] would do anything to take this from you.” In fact, “[He] already has.”
Thoughts and Family Goals:
Cade: I would like to do better at finding scriptures that could help people that are going through the healing process. So if I am ever in a situation to help people I could have a store of helpful scriptures/quotes.
Katie: My favorite quote from this talk was “don’t suffer needlessly the consequences of another’s sins.” As women, I think we often loss ourselves in other’s sins and feel somewhat responsible. We shouldn’t do that. I’m sure that when my kids are older, I will feel this way when they sin. I can do what is reasonable to help them, but then I need to hand it over to the Lord.