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Throughout His life, the Savior showed an unlimited capacity for compassion as He blessed, lifted, and healed people wherever He went. His focus was to love and serve everyone around Him, then and now. Both through His treatment of others and through the loving gifts that He has provided us to guide us back to Him, Christ continually demonstrates compassion for each of God’s children and invites us to do the same.
In Compassion: The Great Healer’s Art, Elder Ulisses Soares teaches that just as the Savior is there for us when we seek relief from the pains of this life, He asks us to be His hands, feet, eyes, and ears and to do the things He has done: bear one another’s burdens, comfort those in need of comfort, mourn with those who mourn, feed the hungry, visit the sick, succor the weak, lift up the hands that hang down. Elder Soares teaches, “We each have the opportunity to come unto the Savior and receive the divine compassion that is so needed in our world. As we partake of the gifts the Savior has offered us, we are better able to share His compassion with those around us.” When we practice compassion for others, we practice the Great Healer’s art, sealing up wounds and divisions that might otherwise fester and injure. As we plead for the gifts of charity and compassion and strive to become like Him, we too can bless, lift, and heal those around us.