A new video released on Monday morning by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and posted to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's Facebook page addresses a topic that according to the video affected more than 16 million U.S. adults in the past year.
Elder Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shares why he chose to speak about depression three years in his October 2013 general conference address.
“I had the feeling a long time ago that it was a very large problem, in varying degrees, some severe, some not so severe but lots of people who struggle with this. I get those impressions as the brethren do when we pray about our general conference topics," he said. "I just knew that at some point, someday, I wanted to give that talk and I waited for what I felt was the right time.”
A page on lds.org, titled "Living With Mental Illness," recently went live.
In his conference talk, Elder Holland shared a personal experience with depression. Excerpts from a recent interview with Elder Holland and clips from his conference talk are intermingled in the video with clips of people who have struggled with depression. The individual's stories are also told more in-depth on the website.
“The reason it’s hard I think is for example you break your finger, they put it in a splint and in 4-6 weeks you’re going to be back to normal," one man said. "But with these kind of mood or mental challenges, it kind of attacks the way you think and the way you feel and that’s a core part of your personality and it’s very distressing and confusing.”
Elder Holland offers counsel throughout the video.
“I suppose everybody will have some kind of an experience where they say, ‘I’m never going to be happy again,’” the post on Elder Holland’s Facebook page reads. “Well, we are going to be happy again. That is also a part of the plan. It’s the very nature of it. Hang on and hope. Never lose faith in your Father in heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. Never, ever doubt his love for you. Hold fast to the Atonement. Believe in miracles. When you’ve done all you can do, endure to the end. And remember, hope is never lost.”
The people shown in the video share their testimonies of God’s ability to assist and support in the midst of depression.
“I’ve come to learn that if I hold on and I trust in God and I do everything I can and I rely on his atonement, that there is absolutely hope. There is absolutely hope,” one man said, becoming emotional. “There is always hope.”
The video has been viewed over 100,000 times with over 4,500 shares on Facebook in two hours.
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