This week I attended the temple in earnest prayer. Life is hitting me pretty hard with family illness, increased academic pressures, and physical pain. It's easy to feel alone, particularly when your issues are awkward for other people to process. I'm grateful that I have an understanding roommate who isn't afraid to talk about difficult things.
On the temple grounds I found a lily that helped me remember that there is a God who cares for us and mourns with His hurting children. Funny how nature teaches us such lessons.
"The Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burdens before we ever did. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life. He can reach out, touch, succor—literally run to us—and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying upon only our own power."
—David A. Bednar