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'Blessed are they that mourn.' (Matthew 5:4)

'Blessed are they that mourn.' (Matthew 5:4)

Crushing burdens and tragic losses can nearly overwhelm people at times. To show Christlike compassion, we should comfort those who morn, helping to lift their heavy hearts.

Do you know someone who’s recently lost a loved one?

Offer to provide comfort and a listening ear.

Do you have a friend who is out of work?

Help the person polish his or her résumé, and connect the person with others you know could use his or her skills.

How can you help someone who is in physical or emotional pain?

Nothing says “get well soon” like homemade soup, warm bread, and a good book.

Royden G. Derrick, April 1977 'The Beatitudes and Our Perfection.'

When we love the Lord we will submit ourselves to his plan and serve him with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength. This is the first step. We must take it in order to qualify for exaltation. The miracle of change begins when we come forth with a contrite spirit.

The Savior then said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”  Matthew. 5:4 italics added.) This is the second step. It is an essential one. The apostle Paul spoke of a godly sorrow for our sins when he said, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.”  2 Corinthians. 7:10 It is necessary to repent of our sins if we are to be forgiven and if the atonement of Jesus Christ is to be effective in our lives. Oh! how joyous it is to work with a person as he goes through the process of repentance, enters the water of baptism, and comes into the kingdom of God. There develops a bond of love and unity with those who have gone through this purifying process that the world does not understand.