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The tender mercies of the Lord

"The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all of his works."  Psalms 145: 8-9 (emphasis added)


"...the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom He hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." 1 Nephi 1:20


"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 Ne. 1:20 ).  The word chosen in 1 Nephi 1:20 [ 1 Ne. 1:20 ] is central to understanding the concept of the Lord’s tender mercies. The dictionary indicates that chosen suggests one who is selected, taken by preference, or picked out.  It also can be used to refer to the elect or chosen of God ( Oxford English Dictionary Online, second ed. [1989], “Chosen”).  Some individuals who hear or read this message erroneously may discount or dismiss in their personal lives the availability of the tender mercies of the Lord, believing that 'I certainly am not one who has been or ever will be chosen.'  We may falsely think that such blessings and gifts are reserved for other people who appear to be more righteous or who serve in visible Church callings.  I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are available to all of us and that the Redeemer of Israel is eager to bestow such gifts upon us.  To be or to become chosen is not an exclusive status conferred upon us. Rather, you and I ultimately determine if we are chosen.  Please now note the use of the word chosen in the following verses from the Doctrine and Covenants:


'Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?


'Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men' ( D&C 121:34–35 ; emphasis added).


I believe the implication of these verses is quite straightforward. God does not have a list of favorites to which we must hope our names will someday be added. He does not limit “the chosen” to a restricted few. Rather, it is our hearts and our aspirations and our obedience which definitively determine whether we are counted as one of God’s chosen."


David A. Bednar, "The Tender Mercies of the Lord", Liahona, May 2005, 99–102 (emphasis added)


https://new.lds.org/liahona/2005/05/the-tender-mercies-of-the-lord?lang=eng

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