Dear Reader

 

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Dear Reader,

I can’t pretend to know what you are going through. I don’t know the details of your life, the silent pleadings of your heart, or the shattered dreams of your past. I don’t know what it is like to to face the things you face, to carry your daily load. I may not understand your grief or your heartache.

But I know someone who does.

As Elder Bednar so eloquently put it, “There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”

If you’re feeling alone in your suffering, may this be a reminder that you are not alone or abandoned. Christ is aware of you because He died for you. Whatever battle you are fighting in this very moment, He fought it first and He won! With His help and His grace and His love, you can too.

I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ. He is the answer to every problem and the prescription for any affliction. I love Him more than I can say. I know He loves YOU, dear reader.

Go forth and trust the Savior of the world.

Call upon Him.

Embrace Him.

Serve Him.

Remember Him.

 

Praying for you always,

Jessica

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