Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has been a champion for those with mental illnesses for many years now. Today, he has released a video featuring a brand new interview about depression, including insights into his landmark talk, Like a Broken Vessel.
Elder Holland, on the Facebook post that accompanied the video, said, “We came to earth to face issues of mortality in the form of trials, temptations, disease, and death. It is essential for us to face personal struggles because opposition is a crucial part of Father’s plan. I suppose everybody will have some kind of an experience where they say, “I’m never going to be happy again.”
Well, we are going to be happy again. That is also a part of the plan. It’s the very nature of it. Hang on and hope. Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. Never, ever doubt His love for you. Hold fast to the Atonement. Believe in miracles. When you’ve done all you can do, endure to the end. And remember, hope is never lost.
Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind.”
The video also features real members of the Church speaking about their struggles with depression. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illnesses, there are resources available from the Church to help.
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