Mental and Physical Illness

1. “All of us benefit from the transcendent blessings of the Atonement and the Resurrection, through which the divine healing process can work in our lives. The hurt can be replaced by the joy the Savior promised.”

2. “It is through repentance that the Lord Jesus Christ can work his healing miracle, infusing us with strength when we are weak, health when we are sick, hope when we are downhearted, love when we feel empty, and understanding when we search for truth.” 

James E. Faust, Woman, Why Weepest Thou? October 1996 General Conference

3. “Recently I talked to a sister who was in the psychiatric unit of a local hospital. She shared with me her sorrowful journey from complete mental and physical health, a wonderful marriage and family, into mental illness, debilitating health, and the breakup of her family—all of which started with the abuse of prescription painkillers.”

4.” I’m not questioning prescription medications for those suffering with treatable illness or great physical pain. They are indeed a blessing. What I am saying is that we need to carefully follow the doses prescribed by doctors. And we need to keep such medications in a safe place where youngsters or anyone else cannot gain access to them.”

M. Russell Ballard, O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One, October 2010 General Conference

5. “Each of us must go through certain experiences to become more like our Savior. In the school of mortality, the tutor is often pain and tribulation, but the lessons are meant to refine and bless us and strengthen us, not to destroy us.”

6. “Some of these are a necessary part of our mortal probation. Others, as Enoch foresaw, are part of the preparation for the Savior’s Second Coming, when “the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but,” said the Lord, “my people will I preserve.” And when Enoch saw all these things, he “received a fulness of joy.” 

Robert D. Hales, Faith through Tribulation Brings Peace and Joy, April 2003 General Conference

7. “I see you caring for family members and neighbors who suffer from birth defects, mental and physical ailments, and the effects of advancing years. The Lord sees you also, and He has caused His prophets to declare that “as you sacrifice for each other and your children, the Lord will bless you.”

Dallin H. Oaks, Sacrifice, April 2012 General Conference

8. “One of my colleagues said to me that some good would come from this illness. He suggested that it is good, on occasion, for everyone to face adversity, especially if it causes introspection that enables us to openly and honestly assess our lives.”

9. “I realized that I needed to rearrange some of my priorities to accomplish the things that matter most to me.”

10. “First, think about your life and set your priorities. Find some quiet time regularly to think deeply about where you are going and what you will need to do to get there.

Second, set short-term goals that you can reach. Set goals that are well balanced—not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your attainable goals and work on them according to their importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting.

Third, everyone faces financial challenges in life. Through wise budgeting, control your real needs and measure them carefully against your many wants in life.

Fourth, stay close to your spouse, children, relatives, and friends. They will help you keep a balance in your life.

Fifth, study the scriptures.

Sixth, many people, including me, have difficulty finding the time for sufficient rest, exercise, and relaxation.

Seventh, the prophets have taught repeatedly that families should teach one another the gospel, preferably in a weekly family home evening.

My last suggestion is to pray often as individuals and as families.”

M. Russell Ballard, Keeping Life’s Demands in Balance, April 1987 General Conference