Quotes on Tender Mercies

Recall how the Savior instructed His Apostles that He would not leave them comfortless.  Not only would He send “another Comforter” (John 14:16), even the Holy Ghost, but the Savior said that He would come to them (see John 14:18).  Let me suggest that one of the ways whereby the Savior comes to each of us is through His abundant and tender mercies.  For instance, as you and I face challenges and tests in our lives, the gift of faith and an appropriate sense of personal confidence that reaches beyond our own capacity are two examples of the tender mercies of the Lord.  Repentance and forgiveness of sins and peace of conscience are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord.  And the persistence and the fortitude that enable us to press forward with cheerfulness through physical limitations and spiritual difficulties are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. — Elder David A. Bednar, “The Tender Mercies of the Lord,” Ensign, May 2005, pp. 100-102

We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of deliverance (see 1 Nephi 1:20). — Elder David A. Bednar, “The Tender Mercies of the Lord,” Ensign, May 2005, pp. 100-102

God is at the helm.  Never doubt it.  When we are confronted with opposition, He will open the way when there appears to be no way.  Our individual efforts may be humble and appear somewhat insignificant.  But the accumulated good works of all, laboring together with a common purpose, will bring to pass great and wondrous accomplishments. The world will be a better place for our united service.  Our people will be a happy people, a blessed people, a people whose shepherd is our Lord, leading us through pastures green and peaceful, if we will walk after His pattern and in His light. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “God Is at the Helm,” Ensign, May 1994, p. 53

“And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good” (Moses 6:31-32).

For all of us who feel unprepared and overwhelmed and unequal to a new calling or responsibility, the promise of the Lord to Enoch is equally applicable.  The promise was true in Enoch’s day, and it is true today. — Elder David A. Bednar, “In the Strength of the Lord,” Ensign, November 2004, p. 76

Repentance and forgiveness of sins and peace of conscience are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord.  And the persistence and the fortitude that enable us to press forward with cheerfulness through physical limitations and spiritual difficulties are examples of the tender mercies of the Lord. . . .

. . . Faithfulness, obedience, and humility invite tender mercies into our lives, and it is often the Lord’s timing that enables us to recognize and treasure these important blessings. — Elder David A. Bednar, “The Tender Mercies of the Lord,” Ensign, May 2005, pp. 100-102

The Lord is anxious to do us good, to enlighten our minds, to inform our judgment, to unfold unto us His will, and to strengthen us and prepare us for the great events that must transpire in these last days.  He is desirous to show us how to save ourselves, how to bless ourselves, temporally and spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, politically and in every possible way that He is capable of bestowing his blessings upon fallen humanity. — President John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 11:158

Your life is carefully watched over, as was mine.  The Lord knows both what He will need you to do and what you will need to know.  He is kind and He is all-knowing.  So you can with confidence expect that He has prepared opportunities for you to learn in preparation for the service you will give. You will not recognize those opportunities perfectly, as I did not. But when you put the spiritual things first in your life, you will be blessed to feel directed toward certain learning, and you will be motivated to work harder.  You will recognize later that your power to serve was increased, and you will be grateful. — President Henry B. Eyring, “Education for Real Life,” Ensign, October 2002, pp. 18-19

We can’t give a crust to the Lord without receiving a loaf in return. — President Henry B. Eyring (quoting Melvin J. Ballard), General Conference, April 2011

God will help us see a difference in someone else not as a source of irritation but as a contribution.  The Lord can help you see and value what another person brings which you lack. More than once the Lord has helped me see His kindness in giving me association with someone whose difference from me was just the help I needed.  That has been the Lord’s way of adding something I lacked to serve Him better. — President Henry B. Eyring, “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign, November 2008, pp. 70-71

Many of you know what I am talking about when I talk of “hosanna moments,” those transcendent moments in our lives when, without warning, we are overwhelmed by a close encounter with eternity, a surprise of the spirit – those moments when, while engaged in the temporal rhythms of our daily and earth-encrusted lives, comfortably duped by familiar routines, we are suddenly brought face-to-face with the holy, swept by the Spirit of God into a transcendent reality, overwhelmed by undeniable evidence of a literal Father in Heaven who knows you and knows me and is somehow interested and involved in our lives.  The “We’ll-Sing-and-We’ll-Shout” moment is that moment when our God, Brother-of-Jared-ing us, reaches his hand through the veil to startle our sensibilities, to reassure, to comfort, to guide, to prod, to change our course.  Then our spirits soar, our souls are renewed, and we can never really be the same again. — Richard H. Cracroft, BYU Devotional, June 29, 1993

When we reflect that light and intelligence have beamed forth from the heavens, that God in his mercy has made manifest His will to the human family; that in the plenitude of His mercy and goodness He has restored the Holy Priesthood, and placed us in communication with Himself; that he has taught us not only how to pray but how to approach unto him for the forgiveness of our sins, for the reception of the Holy Ghost, for instruction and guidance in relation to all matters pertaining to our fathers, relative to this world and to the world that is to come, we certainly have great cause of gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the many mercies and blessings He has conferred upon us. — President John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, 11:21

In the many trials of life, when we feel abandoned and when sorrow, sin, disappointment, failure, and weakness make us less than we should ever be, there can come the healing salve of the unreserved love in the grace of God.  It is a love that lifts and blesses.  It is a love that sustains a new beginning on a higher level and thereby continues from grace to grace. — Elder James E. Faust, “A Personal Relationship with the Savior,” Ensign, November 1976, p. 59

Jesus teaches us, His disciples, that we should look to God each day for the bread – the help and sustenance – we require that particular day.  The Lord’s invitation to seek our daily bread at our Heavenly Father’s hand speaks of a loving God, aware of even the small, daily needs of His children and eager to assist them, one by one.  He is saying that we can ask in faith of that Being “that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given” (James 1:5).  That is, of course, tremendously reassuring, but there is something at work here that is more significant than just help in getting by day to day.  As we seek and receive divine bread daily, our faith and trust in God and His Son grow. — Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “Recognizing God’s Hand in Our Daily Blessings,” CES Fireside, 9 January 2011