Modern Prophets Speak, Volume I, No. 34, Eyring
Excerpt from President Henry B. Eyring’s April 2009 General Conference Address, Adversity
It will comfort us when we must wait in distress for the Savior’s promised relief that He knows, from experience, how to heal and help us. The Book of Mormon gives us the certain assurance of His power to comfort. And faith in that power will give us patience as we pray and work and wait for help. He could have known how to succor us simply by revelation, but He chose to learn by His own personal experience. Here is the account from Alma:
And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, [so] that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.1
- Alma 7:11-13, Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Henry B. Eyring is First Counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Go to LDS.Org to read the full text of his talk here, or view his address with Windows Media Player, QuickTime, or in ASL QuickTime.