Where can I turn for support?

    Support can come in many forms and from a variety of sources. Heavenly Father often answers our prayers by providing support through others. The Savior Himself received support from disciples and friends. He even received strength from an angel while suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane (see Luke 22:43). Receiving love and support is essential in helping you heal.

    Sources of Support

    If you are feeling alone, know there are people who love you and want to help you, including your Heavenly Parents, the Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They can be your greatest sources of support. The Savior has experienced all your pains and afflictions, even those caused by others, and He knows how to help you (see Alma 7:11–12). The Holy Ghost can give us comfort, peace, and spiritual strength to keep moving forward. Through prayer to your Heavenly Father, seek help, and you will be guided to people who can offer support.

    Deciding when and who to ask for support is a personal decision. Initially, you may find it hard to reach out to family and friends or Church leaders for help. It may be easier to share with a support group or counselor (see “Should I get professional help?”). Asking for help can be scary, but as you do, you may be surprised at the amount of love and acceptance you feel.

    Choose people who are supportive of gospel principles. Professional counselors should be licensed (where applicable) and qualified to help in cases of abuse.

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