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`Lord will lead us along, just as He promised'

"We are here in mortality, and the only way to go is through; there isn't any around," said Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve at the April 1988 general conference. "Yet our Deliverer assures us: `be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.' (D&C 78:18.)

" . . . It is my testimony to the Church that the Lord will lead us along, just as promised. He balances giving to the Church and its people the needed, specific directions, with providing the relevant learning experiences, including having our faith and patience tried in order to be strengthened. Thus He leads us along, but He desires that during that process we take His yoke upon us in order to learn of Him by our personal experiences. We surely feel the weight of that yoke at times, but the path is clear."Jesus, our Shepherd, has `marked the path and led the way, And ev'ry point defines.' ("How Great the Wisdom and the Love," Hymns

1985T, #195.) His clearly defined footprints are easy to see. They are pressed distinctly and deeply into the soil of the second estate, deeply and distinctly because of the enormous weight which pressed down upon Him, including the awful burden of all of our individual sins.

"Only he could have carried it all.

"I thank the Savior personally for bearing all which I added to His hemorrhaging at every pore for all of humanity in Gethsemane. I thank Him for bearing what I added to the decibels of His piercing soul-cry atop Calvary. . . ."

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