“But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.” Alma 34:41 (Book of Mormon)
Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know the depths of your trials, your pain, and your suffering. Jesus offers all of us eternal peace in times of adversity. He alone touches our sometimes tortured souls with His comforting words:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, Holy Bible)
Whether you’re just fine or having a hard time, He is always with you. He has promised that this will never change. “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Joshua 1:5, Holy Bible)
I have made many mistakes in my life, as will you. Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the Savior has enabling powers, sometimes referred to as grace, that can help you and me overcome our weaknesses and imperfections and thus assist us in our pursuit to become more like Him. The Savior’s Atonement gives us life for death, healing for hurt, and perfection for weakness. It is Heavenly Father’s antidote to the obstacles and struggles of this world. I lost sight of this for a time, but through His Atonement I’m nurturing my loving relationship with him.
Look to a wonderful future with faith in God and Jesus Christ. Pray knowing He is there, then listen quietly and patiently for His answer. Don’t worry or long for things that are past (Luke 17:32, Bible), look forward to great things to come.
I testify that Heavenly Father lives and loves you, that His Only Begotten Son lived and died for us, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ is that penetrating light which shines through the darkness in our lives. Seek and hold onto His light with all of your strength. I bear my witness that the Savior’s Atonement is not only infinite in scope but also individual in reach—that it can not only return us to God’s presence but also enable us to become like Him.
Your brother, Kyle R. Henrie