In this week’s Don’t Miss This study, David Butler and Emily Freeman discuss the meaning of the term “succor.” They explain that the Hebrew is “surround or protect” Greek is “to aid and to help” and Latin is “to run to.” My favorite has always been “to run to.”

How I Picture It

Years ago, I came across the above quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and have frequently thought of it every time I read that word.

In my mind, I have the image of a child falling off a swing and a mother running to (or, in other words, succoring) her child. In the same way, when we fall off the swings of life – whether it be an accident or our own fault for doing something foolish – (yep, I’m a mom of boys), the Savior will succor us.

Alma 7:12 states, “and he will take upon him their infirmities…that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” It is through His Atonement that He knows how to surround, protect, aid, help and run to us.

Do We Reject the Savior’s Aid

At times, I think I have had Him try to succor me but I get up and limp away, saying, “Nope, I’ve got it. I’m fine. I don’t need your help.” My kids are starting to do this to me more frequently and it is so hard when they don’t want to or refuse to let me help. Here are some more thoughts on succoring and parenting.

Think a bit about how you may do this when divine aid is headed your way but you may think you know better. How can you be better at accepting the succor of the Savior?



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