The Atonement Covers All Pain

Kent F. Richards

A Way of Life with Steve Farrell

I believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ. So many times, like so many of you, I’ve felt his love and forgiveness and have been filled with gratitude to once again enjoy the peace that follows forgiveness of sins. But Christ also suffered for our infirmities and our physical pain,  noted Kent F. Richards of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in an April 02, 2011, General Conference address.

Alma also prophesied that “he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and … he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. …

“That his bowels may be filled with mercy, … that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” (Emphasis added)

Sometimes we forget that. The Savior not only understands our temptations and sins and can heal us of those, but our pains and sicknesses and heal us of these. He felt it all during the atonement, so that he might know how to individually succor every one of us.

Individualization of healing is according to our needs, however. Elder Richards quoted Dallin H. Oaks of the Twelve:

“Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a ‘healing’ cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are ‘healed’ by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.”

That makes sense to me. How could an inspired God who knows everything about each one of us, including our potential and how best to help us achieve that potential, do otherwise? We just can’t be healed on our terms if we hope to get it right.

Elder Richards concluded:

Our great personal challenge in mortality is to become “a saint through the atonement of Christ.” The pain you and I experience may be where this process is most measured. In extremity, we can become as children in our hearts, humble ourselves, and “pray and work and wait” patiently for the healing of our bodies and our souls. As Job, after being refined through our trials, we “shall come forth as gold.”

To come forth as gold. I like that. We all must face our personal Gethsemanes taught Bruce R. McConkie, but if we turn to Christ, endure our trials well, patiently wait upon the Lord to heal us in his own way and in his own due time … those trials shall purge us of our impurities and bring us forth as gold.

Of this I bear my personal witness.


To read, watch, or listen to Kent F. Richards full address, “The Atonement Covers All Pain,”  click here.


Steve Far­rell is one of the orig­i­nal pun­dits at Sil­ver Eddy Award Win­ner, (1999-2008), the author of the highly praised inspi­ra­tional novel “Dark Rose,”and Founder and Edi­tor in Chief of The Moral Liberal.

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