Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Speaking to members during the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, Elder Timothy J. Dyches of the Seventy focused his message on the Savior's power to make a person whole.
Sharing a story from the New Testament about the Savior's visit to the sick at the Pool of Bethesda, Elder Dyches taught that Jesus approached a man under a temporary canopy who had suffered infirmity 38 years. He said, "As the Savior raises the edge of cloth with one hand, he beckons with the other and asks a penetrating question, 'Wilt thou be made whole?'"
"Do you remember when your faith and joy were full to the brim?" asked Elder Dyches. "If that time seems lost, it can be found again."
He said as people draw near to Jesus Christ, they realize that mortality is meant to be difficult. "Opposition in all things" is not a flaw in the plan of salvation, he observed. Opposition is an indispensable element of mortality and strengthens one's will and refines one's choices. It engraves His image upon people's countenance as they yield their hearts to Him.
Elder Dyches said that the ordinance of sacrament invites the power of the Atonement in members' lives. "We are healed by 'cleansing the inner vessel' and by abandoning the habits and lifestyles that harden heart and stiffen necks," he said.
"As we repent and become converted to the Lord, we are healed and our guilt is swept away," said Elder Dyches. "We may wonder, as did Enos, 'How is it done?' The Lord answers, 'Because of thy faith in Christ. Wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole.'"
He told members if they are feeling unclean, unloved, unhappy, unworthy, unwhole or incomplete, to remember "all that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ." He quoted President Monson, who said, "There is one life that sustains those who are troubled or beset with sorrow and grief, even the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Be assured, the Savior still seeks to heal our hearts," said Elder Dyches. "He waits at the door and knocks. Let us answer Him. Let us pray, repent, forgive and forget. Let us love God and serve our neighbor and stand in holy places with a life made clean. His grace is sufficient and you will not walk alone ...Wilt thou be made whole? Rise and walk."
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