The Savior Suffered For Us

Reading: “None Were With Him,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, April 2009 General Conference, Saturday Morning Session

At a time when many are feeling lonely and downtrodden, Elder Holland encourages us to remember the suffering the Savior endured in order to atone for our sins.  The Savior suffered embarassment, loneliness, verbal attack, and great pain in his final days.  Having suffered great pain himself, the Savior is perfectly able to help us through our times of loneliness and sorrow.  Elder Holland says,

Brothers and sisters, one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, “I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”

When I feel lonely or downtrodden I am comforted to know that Savior knows my pain and will help me through it.  Many times I have prayed for and received help, guidance, and comfort in times of great sorrow or pain.  The Savior is the light in our lives that can get us through any trial.

Today I am going to take some time to think about how knowing the Savior suffered so greatly for us affects me and write about it in my journal.

What does it mean to you that the Savior has suffered all things?  Have you ever had a hard time that this knowledge helped you endure?

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