LDS Church’s new video “Like a Broken Vessel” features Elder Holland on depression.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released a video Monday featuring Elder Jeffrey Roy Holland discussing why he decided to talk about depression during a General Conference address that happened in 2013.
The video, in general, emphasizes the pervasiveness of depression among adults all over the world. The video also features people who have struggled with depression sharing their stories. Throughout the video, Elder Holland offers counsel.
According to the video, depression affected more than 16 million American adults in 2015 alone.
Jeffrey R. Holland is an American educator and religious leader. He is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church. He is accepted as a revelator, seer and prophet by the Church. As of now, he is the sixth most senior apostle in the LDS church. He has also been the 9th president of Brigham Young University.
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According to Elder Holland, depression is a very large problem. He has known this for a long time. A lot of people around the world struggle with depression. The severity of the problem varies from people to people.
During the 2013 General Conference address, he spoke about his own struggle with depression. He said that financial fear and staggering fatigue made him depressed at one point in his married life. It was the grace of the God and the love of his family that kept him going.
Elder Holland further says that nobody can go very far without finding someone struggling with something. Some kind of an experience may have made them say that they would never find happiness in life again. That is not true. He assures that everybody is going to be happy again. Broken minds can be healed just like the way broken bones and hearts can be healed.
God can make it happen. God loves people more than they know. Never lose faith in Him. Never doubt His love for people. There is always hope. While God is making those repairs, the rest of the people can help by being kind, nonjudgmental, and merciful.
According to one person featured in the video, depression is hard because unlike a broken bone that can be healed in four to six weeks, the mood and mental challenges can go on and on. They can change the way one thinks and feels. When the core part of one's personality is attacked, it is very confusing and distressing.
The video posted to Elder Holland's Facebook page has already been viewed over 100,000 times. It received over 4,500 shares in 2 hours.