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General Conference and the Burden of the Word

By Emily Milner

In anticipation of General Conference, and after listening to President Nelson’s recent BYU devotional, I’ve been thinking about the burden of the word of the Lord. That phrasing fascinates me—it’s from Jacob 2:

Verse 9: Wherefore, it burdeneth my soul that I should be constrained, because of the strict commandment which I have received from God, to admonish you according to your crimes, to enlarge the wounds of those who are already wounded.

And verse 23: But the word of God burdens me

The word of the Lord, although a source of joy, also burdens. It burdens the prophets who teach; it burdens wounded people who hear.

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