Marilyn Richins Nelson, an accounts specialist in the Accounting Services Department at BYU-Idaho, spoke to students about holding onto the Lord’s hand during times of trial.
Sister Nelson told the story of growing up with a mother who had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She says her mother was so afraid of germs she developed rigorous patterns of cleaning, would only let Sister Nelson touch certain things in the house and made her stay in her bedroom in the dim basement. As she got older, the condition worsened. Sister Nelson’s neighbors took her to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She went to Primary and to Young Womens where she learned the Lord was with her during her times of darkness.
“Brothers and sisters, I am standing here today as a witness that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, does visit and strengthen his people in their afflictions and in their victories and everything in between,” she said. “I know He lives and His Atonement is real.”
Her mother and father, who were members of the LDS Church, became active in the church later in life. Her mother had a stroke which required her to let people take care of her. She eventually allowed herself to receive treatment for her disorder.