This semester I took a class entitled, "Teachings of the Living Prophets". Guys...did you know that we have a living prophet here, on the earth today? A man who is called of God, just like Moses? It's true! I testify of that. I have had many personal, sacred experiences that have helped me to know that the Lord reveals His will to a living prophet today.
I also know that we have Apostles on the earth today who have the sacred obligation of testifying of the Savior Jesus Christ. Just like Paul and Peter during the time that the Savior was on the earth, we have ordinary men who have been called of God to do great and marvelous things.
QUOTES ON THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST
President M. Russell Ballard, October 2019 General Conference, "Giving Our Spirits Control over Our Bodies"
Jesus Christ teaches us how to live, and, through His Atonement and Resurrection, He offers us forgiveness from our sins and immortality beyond the veil. This is absolutely true" (para 9).
This precious fruit symbolizes the wondrous blessings of the Savior's incomparable Atonement. Not only will we live again following our mortality, but through our faith in Jesus Christ, our repentance, and our keeping the commandments, we can be forgiven of our sins and one day stand clean and pure before our Father and His Son" (para 6).
The power of the Atonement makes repentance possible and quells the despair caused by sin; it also strengthens us to see, do, and become good in ways that we could never recognize or accomplish with our limited mortal capacity. Truly, one of the great blessings of devoted discipleship is 'the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (para 13).
There is no physical pain, no anguish of soul, no suffering of spirit, no infirmity or weakness that you or I ever experience during our mortal journey that the Savior did not experience first. You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, 'No one understands. No one knows.' No human being, perhaps, knows. But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burdens before we ever did. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life. He can reach out, touch, and succor--literally run to us--and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying only upon our own power" (para 51).
Words cannot adequately express how I feel about the great gift that is our Savior’s Atonement. One thing that I have learned over the past year is how much the Atonement encompasses. It’s not only the Savior’s suffering in Gethsemane, but it is the events leading up to His death, His death on the cross, and the miracle of His Resurrection. My mind cannot comprehend it all, but my heart tells me that it is true. The Savior did do all of those things for all of us, together and as individuals.
It is through the power of His Atonement that I can repent daily, and boy to I need that great gift. It is through the power of His Atonement that I can feel peace and comfort in times of trial and stress and boy do I need that great gift. It is through the power of His Atonement that I will be able to live with my family forever, and…yep, you guessed it, I need that great gift.
My Savior means the world to me. I don’t do a very good job of showing Him that all the time, but I know that He understands my weaknesses and He loves me anyway. I know that it is through His Atoning sacrifice that I have the power to overcome anything and everything in my life here on earth and throughout all eternity. That is a powerful gift, my friends.
I plead with you to come to know the Savior. Develop a personal relationship with Him. Trust in the power of His Atoning sacrifice in your life and emulate Him in all that you do.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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