I’ve been thinking lately about a few conference talks. For a variety of reasons, Elder Nelson’s talk from last fall, Jesus Christ, the Master Healer, has been especially on my mind this Easter season. Let me share a few snippets.
Elder Nelson speaks of the hurts, difficulties, and sadness that life sometimes brings. He testifies of the power of prayer and faith in the face of such trials, writing:
Our prayers are never ignored. Our faith is never unappreciated. I know that an all-wise Heavenly Fatherâ€™s perspective is much broader than is ours. While we know of our mortal problems and pain, He knows of our immortal progress and potential. If we pray to know His will and submit ourselves to it with patience and courage, heavenly healing can take place in His own way and time.
Later, he offers these comforting words:
The gift of resurrection is the Lordâ€™s consummate act of healing. Thanks to Him, each body will be restored to its proper and perfect frame. Thanks to Him, no condition is hopeless. Thanks to Him, brighter days are ahead, both here and hereafter. Real joy awaits each of usâ€”on the other side of sorrow.
The doctrine may be unremarkable — it’s nothing I didn’t know already. But Elder Nelson’s confidence and caring show through, and his words resonate with me. His assurances just sound right to me, and that means a lot at times. I’m especially grateful to the Lord for the words of His servant.
One other snippet comes from President Hinckley’s memorable talk about forgiveness. In his talk, President Hickley calls forgiveness “the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed.” And he places the Atonement at the center of the forgiveness narrative:
The great Atonement was the supreme act of forgiveness. The magnitude of that Atonement is beyond our ability to completely understand. I know only that it happened, and that it was for me and for you. . . . It is through Him that there comes the certain promise that all mankind will be granted the blessings of salvation, with resurrection from the dead. It is through Him and His great overarching sacrifice that we are offered the opportunity through obedience of exaltation and eternal life.
As with Elder Nelson’s talk, this talk struck a chord with me. I like the stories, as well as the doctrinal discussion. More than that, this talk gives me hope and desire to better include forgiveness in my own life – an improvement I could certainly use.
What snippets from scripture or talk have been on your mind lately? Please share.