“Tender Mercies” - What is a Tender Mercy?
What Are Tender Mercies?
Several years ago, Elder David A. Bednar shared an experience that impressed him deeply. Shortly after receiving the assignment to serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he was asked to speak at a session of General Conference. Directly before he stood to deliver his address, the congregation sang his favorite hymn. This he identified as a tender mercy from the Lord. He recounted, “A loving Savior was sending me a most personal and timely message of comfort and reassurance through a hymn selected weeks previously” (“The Tender Mercies of the Lord”).
Watch as Elder Bednar testifies of the tender mercies of the Lord in this video.
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Elder Bednar defined the tender mercies of the Lord as “the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ.” Further, he taught that “the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Often, the Lord’s timing of His tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them.”
Throughout scripture we are reminded of the tender mercies of the Lord. The Psalmist pled, “Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies” (Psalms 69:16). Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, recognized that it was “through the tender mercy of our God” that his son would prepare the way for the Savior of the world (Luke 1:78). And Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, testified, “But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that 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).
Recognizing Tender Mercies
Take time to recognize the Lord’s tender mercies in your life. Have you experienced these or similar tender mercies?
- A phone call from a friend at the exact moment you needed to talk
- A text to brighten your day
- A song on the radio that spoke peace to your mind
- A visit with a family member that clarified indecision
- A thought that solved a problem
- A story that provided an answer
- A service that relieved a struggle
- A trial that deepened your ability to empathize
- An answer to a heartfelt prayer
- A strength you didn’t know you had
- Counsel that offered comfort
- Forgiveness you needed to heal
These and countless other moments are more than mere coincidence. They are the tender mercies of the Lord. As we exercise faith in Jesus Christ and humbly choose to follow Him, He will abundantly bless us with His tender mercies.
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