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Where I Found Solace
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“Where I Found Solace,” Liahona, Apr. 2022.

Latter-day Saint Voices

Where I Found Solace

As my ministering brothers sang, they strengthened my testimony that the Savior understood me, loved me, and would never leave me.

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When I married, I never thought that the word divorce would ever become part of my personal history. But despite my pleas and best efforts to save our relationship, my husband left and our marriage ended. I felt like a failure.

A time of deep pain, humiliation, and shattered dreams followed. I had never experienced greater loss or grief.

In the midst of my sorrow, my ministering brothers came to see me. They consoled me and gave me a blessing. Then, in their deep voices, they sang a hymn for me that I didn’t recognize. For me at that difficult time, it was the most beautiful, comforting hymn I had ever heard. They sang:

Where can I turn for peace?

Where is my solace

When other sources cease to make me whole?

When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,

I draw myself apart,

Searching my soul? …

Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?

Who, who can understand?

He, only One. 1

I could not help but weep at the words and music. They confirmed for me, and strengthened my testimony of, the truth that the Savior understood me, loved me, and would never leave me alone in my sorrow.

Because of what the Savior experienced through His Atonement, He understands our feelings. No matter the difficult circumstances we face, He knows our sorrow. He suffered for us. (See Alma 7:11–12.)

As my ministering brothers finished singing, I remembered the words that Isaiah used to describe the Savior: “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. … And with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4–5).

We can be certain that our Savior Jesus Christ understands us, loves us, and will always be by our side—even in our deepest sorrows.