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The Master offers everlasting joy

At the April 1995 general conference, Elder Merrill J. Bateman of the Seventy spoke of how the Atonement heals grief, sorrow and sin:

"Death teaches that we do not experience a fulness of joy in mortality and that everlasting joy can be achieved only with the assistance of the Master. (See Doctrine and Covenants 93:33-34.) Just as the lame man at the pool of Bethesda needed someone stronger than himself to be healed (see John 5:1--9), so we are dependent on the miracles of Christ's atonement if our souls are to be made whole from grief, sorrow, and sin. If grieving parents and loved ones have faith in the Savior and His plan, death's sting is softened as Jesus bears the believers' grief and comforts them through the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, broken hearts are mended and peace replaces anxiety and sorrow. . . .

"The prophet Alma also spoke of Christ's healing power as he taught the Gideonites. Referring to Christ, Alma stated that he would 'go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him . . . their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, . . . that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people.' (Alma 7:11-12.) Whatever the source of pain, Jesus understands and can heal the spirit as well as the body."

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