And it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which healeth the wounded soul.
Elder Kevin R. Duncan, April 1016, LDS General Conference
What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:
Jacob is preaching repentance to the Nephites, many of whom have fallen into sin. As part of this, he lays on some added guilt onto the sinners explaining that many of them are victims of their sin and hoped to hear words of healing as opposed to words of repentance.
Another scripture that I relate to this is Alma 31:5 "And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God."
Thoughts about this scripture:
Its no accident that one of the fundamentals of religion is reading and hearing the word of God. The Word has the ability to heal and to help us to change in a way that all of the Apps on your phone, or posters of skydivers and cats won't do. If you want to change, the scriptures are the place to start. And once you have started, don't stop.
How does this strengthen my testimony
I wish that I had lived a life free from sin. But I am so happy to say that I have not lived a life free from repentance. Reading the scriptures and hearing the words of the prophets brings peace to my soul and healing to my heart. There are times that the scriptures don't even have to be about my struggles, just hearing the word and feeling the spirit brings me peace.