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Jesus Wept

posted Mar 09, 2017 17:48:37 by AngaleeJackson
I had a very beautiful experience yesterday in the temple. I was doing initiatories and one of the ladies was new, so she stumbled a bit from time to time. Well, by the third time around, she was doing so well. As she finished up the last part with me, I had this overwhelming feeling of love for her wash over me. I was so proud of her progress that I started to tear up. When I moved to the next area to be alone, I was completely overcome and burst into tears. I started to feel uncomfortable about how emotional I had become because I remembered a conversation that I had had with someone a few hours prior to that, about me getting emotional too often. So, I got myself under control and continued on until I was finished. I went up to the Celestial room afterward to ponder and pray.

I opened the scriptures, and happened to turn to John 11, where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. This chapter struck me in the way the whole situation went down. Christ knew what he needed to do, which part of why he waited so long to go to Lazarus, but they didn't know or understand that Christ would perform such a miracle. When I got to the part where Christ finally went to see Lazarus, after he was already dead, I saw something so perfect and beautiful. It says:

32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

In that moment, I saw Mary come to Him and fall down at His feet. And I saw and felt what He saw and felt for her. And it was so beautiful. And I wept again, because the Spirit witnessed to me that being able to feel what another person is feeling is not a weakness. It's a strength.
Even the Savior of the world, who has all power and who overcame every ounce of opposition, wept tears of joy and tears of sorrow with those whom He loved. Empathy and love is never a weakness.
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David.Clark said Mar 09, 2017 18:10:20
Beautiful experience ... thank you for sharing!
Formerly known as Alabama LDS
JulieK said Mar 09, 2017 18:18:43
So beautiful Angalee! Thanks for sharing that. I witness that compassion and empathy is a great strength. Elder Maxwell talked frequently of how his battle with cancer led him to have greater compassion so that he could be more like our Savior. A friend of mine shared that as she was going to some tremendous trials and knelt in prayer weeping about them that the Savior knelt beside her and wept with her. She could feel of His great empathy for her and she knew that He had already suffered these pains during the Atonement and knew exactly what she was feeling. I know that you have expressed the hardships that you shoulder in your own life, Angalee. I'm sure that the grace of Christ is blessings you with increased empathy because of them. I would never be embarrassed at the show of the emotion of empathy, it is a gift. Thanks again.
LizLarsonDonaldson said Mar 09, 2017 18:47:47
As I watched Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland, I was struck once again how tender and emotional President Eyring is when he speaks. It doesn't take anything away from what he says, it just makes it more powerful for me. The spirit moves some to tears, I believe it is a strength not a weakness - so cry on :)
RyanAllen said Mar 09, 2017 18:57:18
My wife and kids often give me a hard time because tears easily and frequently spring from my eyes. I am quick to tears when someone else is emotional too. I never really thought of it as a gift to feel what someone else is feeling, but that feels good to me. Thanks for sharing these experiences, @Angalee and @JulieK!

Remember this choir member during conference? I often feel just like him. The words of the hymns can tighten my throat and bring on the waterworks.
AngaleeJackson said Mar 09, 2017 19:09:41
Oh, man! Ryan, i am always a hot mess during conference, but especially for that number! Your family just needs to see me every Sunday and they might change their minds about you! 😜

Liz, I had those same thoughts during the Face to Face. President Eyring has been a long time favorite for that very reason.

Thanks for sharing, Julie. You're awesome!
Bob Walker said Mar 09, 2017 19:35:20
He cries when he sings the phone book. LOL (Just kidding, he's a dear friend. I just like to tease him.)

If the camera had been two people to our right at that moment it would have been my face with the tears running down my cheeks.
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Nancy'sAwake said Mar 09, 2017 19:43:27
So true, "Empathy and Love is never weakness". Well said Angalee.

I was adopted, and my adopted mom and brothers were always saying I was too sensitive, in a derogatory way, as if it were somehow bad or weak or undesirable to be so. Empathy is definitely a Godlike quality. Being sensitive or easily hurt means we are also sensitive to others feelings, their needs, their struggles, pains and so forth. It's important so one knows how to lift and succor the weak. I'm with you Angalee. ***Hold your head high and know you are valued and even specially blest to be wired as you are. ~♡~
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RyanAllen said Mar 09, 2017 19:50:43
You just need to learn to work that camera, @Bob Walker! I'll be keeping an eye out for you in a few weeks.
AngaleeJackson said Mar 09, 2017 20:12:53
Thanks, Nancy 💕
JulieK said Mar 09, 2017 21:06:01
Bob, Bro. Belt's wife was my mission companion. I've never met him, but he seems like such a great guy! I'll be watching for you during conference as well.
BrendaStephenson said Mar 10, 2017 00:25:28
What amazing experiences you had in the temple. It is perfectly wonderful to have deep feelings of emotion in the temple. I recently attended an Endowment Session, and the tears kept flowing. I have never listened so intently and felt the spirit so strongly. I look forward to attending again soon.
ClaireE.Grover said Mar 10, 2017 02:19:17
The Lord of the whole Earth wept with her. I'd say we're all in good company, especially when we're using our emotion and tears for the good of others.

The night after my husband's brother took his own life my husband was crying and I realized I had no idea what I was supposed to do in this situation. Should I be the solid rock comforting him or... something else? I recognized that I didnt know what I should do, so I asked God. He told me to cry with my husband. It became among the most growing, strengthening experiences of our marriage. It didn't seem "natural" at first, but I've done lots harder things than cry with my husband. He felt so loved.

(Also known as fam,faith,n'freedom.)
JenniferJones said Mar 10, 2017 04:00:42
Ryan, that had such a profound effect on me as well. I love that song, but he just brought it home.
Kathryn Blose said Mar 10, 2017 05:35:44
Claire, that was so nice that you asked the Lord what to do and you cried with your husband! I love it!!
Sarah Hunter said Mar 10, 2017 15:23:13
I'm weaping now as I read everyone's comments. I'm so grateful to have found you guys! One of my little nursery girls was sobbing in my arms because she wanted her mommy, and I couldn't help but cry with her. It's hard for me to not feel shame over that part of my emotions because it's not socially acceptable, but I love that I am in good company when I do it!
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