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Elder Matthew L. Carpenter: 'Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?'

General Authority Seventy

Notable Quotes:

  1. “Mortal infirmities can refine us and deepen our reliance upon God. But when we allow Christ to be involved, He will always strengthen us spiritually so we can have greater capacity to endure our burdens.
  2. “Ultimately, we know that every physical ailment, malady or imperfection will be healed in the resurrection. That is a gift to all mankind through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”
  3. “Jesus Christ can change our hearts, heal us from the effects of injustice or abuse we may experience, and strengthen our capacity to bear loss and heartache, bringing us peace to help us endure the trials of our lives, healing us emotionally.”

Talk summary:

“Our Heavenly Father is all-powerful and all-knowing. He knows our physical struggles. He is aware of our physical pains due to illness, disease, aging accidents, or birth disorders. He is aware of emotional struggles associated with anxiety, loneliness, depression, or mental illness. He knows each person who has suffered injustice, or who has been abused. He knows our weaknesses and the propensities and temptations we struggle with. During mortality we are tested to see if we will choose good over evil.”

The Savior Jesus Christ paid the price so that all can be made whole physically, emotionally and spiritually — but every person must choose to take the “healing medicine” He offers.

“Spiritual healing is not one-sided — it requires the Savior’s redemptive power and sincere repentance on the part of the sinner.”

Spiritual healing also requires individuals to submit themselves to the conditions the Savior has outlined.

"I testify that Jesus Christ paid the price so that we can be made whole. But we must choose to take the healing medicine He offers. Take it today. Do not delay."

Application:

During his talk, Elder Carpenter invited those “who have felt the need to ask forgiveness of someone he or she has wronged,” to ask for forgiveness.

“If you have committed a sin that impacts your temple worthiness, I invite you to counsel with your bishop.”

Speaker snapshot:

  • Elder Matthew L. Carpenter has been serving as a General Authority Seventy since April 2018.
  • One of his first memories of feeling the Spiritwas as a young boy, sitting in the Primary room, where he "felt stirrings in my heart."
  • He served a mission as a young man in the Switzerland Geneva Mission.
  • He earned a bachelor's degree in business management from BYU and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • He and his wife, Sister Shelly Brown Carpenter, are the parents of five children.

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