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help for the journey (Holland)

To those who may feel they have somehow forfeited their place at the table of the Lord, we say again with the Prophet  Joseph Smith  that God has “a forgiving disposition,”    that Christ is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, [is] long-suffering and full of goodness.”    I have always loved that when Matthew records Jesus’ great injunction, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,”   Luke adds the Savior’s additional commentary: “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful”   19   —as if to suggest that mercy is at least a beginning synonym for the perfection God has and for which all of us must strive. Mercy, with its sister virtue  forgiveness , is at the very heart of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the eternal plan of salvation. Everything in the gospel teaches us that we can change if we need to, that we can be helped if we truly want it, that we can be made whole, whatever the problems of the past. Now, if you feel too sp