Stumbling Toward Heavenly Father

Struggling with mental illness does not mean you have a broken spirit. But how do we avoid feeling that way?

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We are all aware that life is not easy. Everyone experiences hard times and difficult trials. But for some of us, mental illness can make those dark times all the more challenging. Mental illness can be so debilitating that brushing your hair, making breakfast, or simply getting out of bed can feel overwhelming.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland addresses this very issue in his conference talk “Like a Broken Vessel” and reminds us, “Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven.” Furthermore, he continues by encouraging those struggling to “seek the advice of reputable people with certified training…God would expect you to seek a priesthood blessing and get the best medical care available.” Heavenly Father does not want us to feel crippled by mental exhaustion, trauma, or anxiety. Becoming the best versions of ourselves in this life includes taking care of our mental health.

To those who suffer with mental illness, don’t forget this: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you and you are not alone. Even in the darkest of times or the lowest of lows, your Heavenly Father always has his hand outstretched ready to pull you out. We can walk the path of light back to him, even if it feels like we are stumbling the entire way.

Read more of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “Like a Broken Vessel.”

Source: General Conference

—Madeline A. Hill, Latter-day Saint Insights

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Find more insights

Read President Ezra Taft Benson’s talk “Do Not Despair” about facing difficult times.

Check out Sister Sharon Eubank’s message about having courage through darkness in “Christ: The Light That Shines in Darkness.”

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