A winding mountain path

Need a Hand to Hold?

Life can be overwhelming to face alone, but the Lord has promised to hold your hand.

When I was sixteen, I had a memorable hike with my ward. On the way down the mountain, the path became very steep, and I began to move very slowly. My friends got ahead of me, and I was left easing my way down, alone, with my bishop. I was scared and overwhelmed, but my bishop offered me a hand and showed me where to put my feet. With lots of patience, he led me down the mountain safely. 

An adult hand holding a child's hand


Even as I edged my way down the slope, I felt the Lord whispering to me: “this is the same care and patience I have for you.” My bishop’s hand became a manifestation of the Lord’s hand extended toward me.

Elder W. Craig Zwick explained how the Lord’s hand is always extended to us in his talk “The Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy Hand.” He says, “Every one of us needs to know that we can go on in the strength of the Lord. We can put our hand in His, and we will feel His sustaining presence lift us to heights unattainable alone.”

This promise isn’t new; references to the Lord’s hand can be found throughout the standard works. For example, in Isaiah 41:13 the Lord promises, “I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying…, Fear not; I will help thee.” No matter the steepness of the path before us, we can have confidence that the Lord will “lead [us] by the hand” (D&C 112:10). 

Learn more about how we can take hold of the Lord’s hand in Elder Zwick’s address, “The Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy Hand.” 

Source: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/?lang=eng

—Lydia Mercado, Latter-day Saint Insights


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