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Friend and Companion

The scriptures often describe our relationship to Christ in hierarchical terms: he is our teacher, we are his disciples; he is our lord, we are his servants. But Christ also invites us to know him on equal terms, as friends (D&C 93:45-46; John 15:15).

Being Christ's friends means having an intimate, familiar relationship with God. It means having an advocate in heaven who makes all things work for our good (D&C 98:1-3). Christ's dying for us shows how intensely devoted his friendship is (John 15:13). His triumph over death means he can never be separated from us. Knowing that Christ always stands by us offers comfort, courage, and hope (D&C 68:6). With Christ as our companion, nothing can confound us (D&C 49:7). He understands everything that causes us pain or heartache (Alma 7:11-12).

In his love for us, Christ is described as ardent and demonstrative. His bowels are filled with compassion, and being with those he loves makes him weep for joy (3 Ne. 17:5-6, 20-22). He desires to clasp us in his arms (Morm. 5:11). He asks us to cleave to him with all our heart—the same language the scriptures use to describe fidelity between spouses (D&C 11:19; cf. 42:22). How we respond to that invitation is up to us, but Christ commands no one to depart from him (2 Ne. 26:25-28).

 Be Still, My Soul  (Hymns 124)
 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee  (Hymns 141)

Alexander B. Morrison: Regardless of what happens to us, we are never alone. When we are torn by despair, crushed by loneliness, when we cry out for a friend, we can turn to Jesus, our ever-present guide and eternal friend. We can talk to Him, and He will understand, for He has felt the same pain, the same sorrow as we feel.
Feed My Sheep: Leadership Ideas for Latter-day Shepherds (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1992), 168

Chieko N. Okazaki: Jesus Christ is our loving Savior. He is not some distant person in robes and sandals. He understands about the carburetor in our car, about ACT and SAT tests for our high-school senior, about a missionary cautiously trying tofu for the first time. We can share our whole lives with him. He doesn't want to see only the pretty, peaceful parts or the sections when we have a good day. Are there parts of our lives that we try to shove into the closet or sweep under the carpet when we pray or when we think we're trying to be righteous? I want to tell you that Jesus wants our whole hearts. He knows our whole lives.

Disciples (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998), 93

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