Gathering the courage to visit with your bishop can be a difficult thing.
Bishops know it.
That’s one of the reasons you often hear them pleading with the saints from the pulpit to come talk with them if there are any issues or concerns that require a personal interview.
The fear of confessing sin or acknowledging personal problems is a big hurdle to get over, but the relief you feel once you have reached out for help takes such a burden off of your soul.
But what will your bishop really think about you after you talk to him?
Robert D. Hales, when serving as the Presiding Bishop, said the following:
“All members of the Church can turn to their bishops when they are in need of help and can feel secure in his love for them and can have confidence in following his counsel. Bishops learn not to judge people against a standard of perfection. A bishop learns that he will rejoice with those over whom he presides in any progress they make.”
Recently a bishop was speaking with one of his ward members about those he was working with who were struggling.
No names were given, and full confidence was maintained, but this dear bishop did share how he really felt about those struggling saints who he was ministering to.
a bishop a couple days ago was telling me about people he’s working with who are struggling & said “they’re so awesome, they just don’t know it yet”
& i just started crying bc that is how god looks at & loves all of us, regardless of how crappy we feel about ourselves
— poetic kate (@poetickate) March 2, 2018
“They’re so awesome, they just don’t know it yet.” Amen.
How beautiful is it to have someone as your advocate, someone who – while they are your common judge, views you as your loving Heavenly Father does!
All members of the Church can turn to their bishops when they are in need of help and can feel secure in his love for them and can have confidence in following his counsel. – Robert D. Hales
If you are wrestling with an issue, and are waffling back and forth as to whether to speak with your Bishop or not, just do it! Everyone needs and advocate – someone who is one their side.
In this way, bishops are following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ, who is our Greatest Advocate:
3 Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him—
4 Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;
5 Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.
Know that you are loved, regardless of the choices you have made. The Lord has organized His church as a means to offer His love and mercy to each one of us.
“The Savior is often referred to as the Great Physician. … Guilt is to our spirit what pain is to our body—a warning of danger and a protection from additional damage. From the Atonement of the Savior flows the soothing salve that can heal our spiritual wounds and remove guilt. However, this salve can only be applied through the principles of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, and consistent obedience. The results of sincere repentance are peace of conscience, comfort, and spiritual healing and renewal.
“Your bishop or branch president is the spiritual physician’s assistant who is authorized to help you repent and heal.” – Elder David A. Bednar
God be thanked for great bishops, for the burdens they carry, and for the love they extend to all those whom they minister over.