As a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I get to meet a lot of people everyday that come from unique backgrounds and circumstances. So many people face huge trials and have extremely difficult lives. I’m quite the opposite. I feel like my life has been so easy. I’m not saying that nothing has gone wrong or I haven’t had struggles, but in general nothing traumatic and or life shattering has happened to me. I have four awesome brothers and two wonderful parents that have pretty much always been there for me. My parents have always provided for our needs and we have a great relationship. This sometimes creates a challenge for me as a missionary because I feel that I can’t relate to people that have faced serious, traumatic hardships. I told this to one of my companions and she said, “Just teach them about Jesus Christ. He’s what they need.” How very true this is. Of course there are always those people that can only be touched by someone that has faced similar circumstances but, as a whole, what we all need is Jesus Christ. Christ is the way that we find happiness. Through Christ we are able to overcome any trial that we face, whether it’s traumatic or just uncomfortable.
In the scriptures we learn a lot about Jesus Christ and most importantly about His atonement. Some of my favorite scriptures are found in the Book of Mormon (another Testament of Jesus Christ). They are scriptures from the prophet Isaiah quoted by a prophet named Abinadi. He quotes in Mosiah 14:3-5 (see also Isaiah 53:3-5),
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrow; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Through Christ, and only Christ, we are able to overcome grief, sorrow, afflictions, rejection and any other type of negative feeling you could possible think of. Because of Christ’s suffering we are able to be healed spiritually and physically. He is the one that understands all that we are going through. Turn to the Savior in your sorrows, he will make you whole.