Dr. Wendy Ulrich talks about the healing power of Christ and how the temple can help anyone who is struggling find healing and hope.
Some highlights from her thoughts include connecting the temple with the parable of the Good Samaritan:
In a very real sense we are engaged on this earth in a battle – a battle for the souls of men and women – and in that battle we all take quite a beating at times. We come to the temple for respite from that battle, and we arrive stained by the blood and sins of war. In this way we are all like the man on that long road to Jericho where we get beaten up by the thieves and robbers of this world who strip us of our raiment and leave us half dead. Christ is the Samaritan who comes to where we are, not shying away from our brokenness. Like the Samaritan, he has compassion on us. He dresses our wounds, pouring in oil and wine. He carries us to the healing inn of the church and the temple, and he pays the full price for our healing care.
She shares some thoughts about the repetition in the temple — that rather than inviting us to be robotic and cookie-cutter, He is inviting us to a very personal journey to “teach us how to put down the familiar scripts that we have lived by, the ones patterned after the traditions of past generations or driven by our fears, and to find the courage to set off on a journey through the wilderness where we will find aspects of God we could not fathom in our pre-mortal experience, and a new and unexpected version of ourselves.”
Hear other thoughts from Dr. Ulrich in this video from Time Out for Women about drawing close to and feeling the Lord through hard times.
It relates to something she shared in her profile on Mormon Scholars Testify:
“Like many people who have longed for a close and loving relationship with God and more regular access to spiritual impressions and direction, I used to wonder why God seemed so distant when I wanted so much to be close to Him. In recent years I have increasingly realized that I have been the one who has kept Him far away, not so much by my disobedience as by my restlessness, my distractibility, my impatience, my blindness, and, especially, my fear. Intimacy is hard enough to tolerate in human relationships, where closeness reminds us of just how vulnerable we are, how often we have been disappointed and hurt, how much we have to lose. God, for me at least, has been even harder to let in than people. The LDS Church teaches without apology that God can be found, that He wants to be found, and that ordinary people can reach Him.”