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Many will probably remember the General Conference talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in 2013 entitled Like a Broken Vessel, in which he shared about a season of his life where he had experienced depression. In a new video from Mormon Channel he continues to explore the topic and gives a message of hope to those who struggle.
The video was recently posted on Elder Holland’s Facebook page with the following message:
Three years ago, I felt impressed to speak at general conference about the painful, life-altering condition of depression that affects so many.
We came to earth to face issues of mortality in the form of trials, temptations, disease, and death. It is essential for us to face personal struggles because opposition is a crucial part of Father’s plan. I suppose everybody will have some kind of an experience where they say, “I’m never going to be happy again.”
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.
Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind.
The video includes raw, emotional firsthand accounts of various people who have struggled with depression and reminds us all that this can be overcome.