9 LDS Conference Talks for Depression, Emotional Distress

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It’s now been four years since we first heard Elder Jeffrey R. Holland give his ground-breaking talk Like a Broken Vessel, which directly addresses mental illness. But this isn’t the first time prophets and apostles have given inspiring words for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other emotional distress. Below are just a few General Conference addresses (and quotes) that can inspire even in the darkest of times.

  1. Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?

    Do you remember when your faith and joy were full to the brim? Remember the moment you found your testimony or when God confirmed to you that you were His son or daughter and that He loved you very much—and you felt whole? If that time seems lost, it can be found again.
    —Elder Timothy J. Dyches

  2. Do Not Despair

    To press on in noble endeavors, even while surrounded by a cloud of depression, will eventually bring you out on top into the sunshine. Even our master Jesus the Christ, while facing that supreme test of being temporarily left alone by our Father during the crucifixion, continued performing his labors for the children of men, and then shortly thereafter he was glorified and received a fullness of joy. While you are going through your trial, you can recall your past victories and count the blessings that you do have with a sure hope of greater ones to follow if you are faithful.
    —Ezra Taft Benson

  3.  God Shall Wipe Away All Tears

    To fully receive these gifts our Savior has so freely offered, we all must learn that suffering in and of itself does not teach or grant to us anything of lasting value unless we deliberately become involved in the process of learning from our afflictions through the exercise of faith.
    —Elder Evan A. Schmutz

  4. He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home

    It matters not how completely ruined our lives may seem. It matters not how scarlet our sins, how deep our bitterness, how lonely, abandoned, or broken our hearts may be. Even those who are without hope, who live in despair, who have betrayed trust, surrendered their integrity, or turned away from God can be rebuilt. Save those rare sons of perdition, there is no life so shattered that it cannot be restored.
    —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

  5. Great Experiences

    Then [Whistler] gave us a great philosophy of success. He said,“Hang on the walls of your mind the memory of your successes. Take counsel of your strength, not your weakness. Think of the good jobs you have done. Think of the times when you rose above your average level of performance and carried out an idea or a dream or a desire for which you had deeply longed. Hang these pictures on the walls of your mind and look at them as you travel the roadway of life.”
    —Sterling W. Sill

  6. Broken Things to Mend

    When He says to the poor in spirit, ‘Come unto me,’ He means He knows the way out and He knows the way up.
    —Jeffrey R. Holland

  7. A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose

    “Faith,” Aunt Rose smiled. “I discovered faith. And faith led to hope. And faith and hope gave me confidence that one day everything would make sense, that because of the Savior, all the wrongs would be made right. After that, I saw that the path before me wasn’t as dreary and dusty as I had thought. I began to notice the bright blues, the verdant greens, and the fiery reds, and I decided I had a choice—I could hang my head and drag my feet on the dusty road of self-pity, or I could have a little faith, put on a bright dress, slip on my dancing shoes, and skip down the path of life, singing as I went.” Now her voice was skipping along like the girl in the painting.
    —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

  8. Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?

    ‘Really trying’ means doing the best we can, recognizing where we need to improve, and then trying again. By repeatedly doing this, we come closer and closer to the Lord, we feel His Spirit more and more, and we receive more of His grace, or help.
    —Elder J. Devn Cornish

  9. Christ at Bethesda’s Pool

    [Those] who have been denied blessings … in this life—who say in their heart, if I could have done, I would have done, or I would give if I had, but I cannot for I have not—the Lord will bless you as though you had done, and the world to come will compensate for those who desire in their hearts the righteous blessings that they were not able to have because of no fault of their own.
    —President Thomas S. Monson

The LDS Church also offers a mental health website for those both in need of support or advice in giving support to loved ones.

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