Monday, April 21, 2014

Atonement, what does it mean for us?

The word atone means to reconcile, or to restore to harmony. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be restored to harmony with our Father in Heaven. Jesus’ atoning sacrifice took place in the Garden of Gethsemane and later when He was crucified. In Gethsemane He took upon himself the sins of all of us. He suffered greatly, so much that He trembled in pain (Luke 22:44). The Atonement is the greatest expression of our Heavenly Father’s love for us. It is also the greatest expression of our Savior, Jesus Christ’s love for His father and us. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for all of our sins and also the feelings that come with the trials we face in this life. I can lay my burdens at His feet, humbly, knowing that He suffered for me. How great was His sacrifice for all of us.
It is only as we learn of, speak about, obey, and have faith in Jesus Christ that we can become like Him and be forgiven of our sins. What do you love most about Jesus Christ?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Atonement in My Life

I'd like to start my post with this wonderful video I saw today made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

This video says it all, but I would like to put in my own words my testimony of Jesus Christ and His gift of the Atonement.

Just last night, I began an assignment around 7 p.m. thinking there was plenty of time for me to finish the assignment before I went to bed. At midnight I realized I wasn't going to bed for awhile and I became frustrated with the assignment. I was tired from a full day of school and work and I had to do it again the next morning. I was not happy that I wouldn't get the needed amount of sleep to recover from the long day. I was so frustrated that I just wanted to cry (as you may have figured, I don't do well when my basic needs aren't met).

However, I re-learned recently how to handle my situation from watching around ten hours of inspired church leaders speak about Jesus Christ and His principles during the most recent General Conference. It also helped as reminders that Easter was coming up and that this month's blog theme is about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

I was beyond frustrated that I was taking so long to accomplish this assignment. But instead of just going to bed after I finished it, I knelt down and prayed. I prayed for forgiveness of my weaknesses. I prayed that I would be able to fall asleep and regain the strength I'll need for the next day. And most importantly, I specifically asked to apply the Atonement of Jesus Christ to the frustration I felt towards the assignment so that I wouldn't have lingering frustrations carried to the next day. I never realized how powerful it was to ask specifically to apply the Atonement to a particular part of my life. It may have seemed a trivial thing to pray about, but as the other posts have already mentioned, the Atonement applies to every burden, heartache, sorrow, etc. So why can't I apply the atonement on something so trivial as a frustration from an assignment?

I can.

I applied the Atonement and I felt an immediate release from the frustration I felt-it was incredible. I fell asleep almost immediately and I am writing this article today with no headaches, no frustration, and I am as energetic as I usually am with less sleep than usual.

My Heavenly Father loves me. He loved me enough to send His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to Atone not only for my sins but for all the hardships this mortal life will bring me. He suffered already for the small and trivial things so that I don't have to. He meant us to use the Atonement frequently. It is a never-ending gift that can be used for small and large things in our lives. Because I applied the Atonement on my frustrations, I have a clear mind to be kind to others and to serve them today. I do not have the burden to focus on myself.

 I am free to be in the service of God.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Atonement: Lifting Burdens

"And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." (Mosiah 24:15)

In my lifetime I have learned that we all carry burdens that weigh us down like rocks threatening to squash us like bugs. I have also learned that the only true way to feel that burden lightened, to feel strong and capable of enduring is through the Lord Jesus Christ's Atonement. He suffered not only for our sins but for our physical pains, our doubts, our fears and regrets. Every burden we carry he has felt and taken upon his back. There have been times in my life where my burdens have felt overwhelming and life has seemed too heavy and frightening. Looking back I have realized why I was so weighed down; I was relying on myself when I should have been relying on the Lord. Once I asked him for help I could feel the burdens lift, become lighter and as I kept relying on him more and more I became stronger and the burden became light through Him. The burdens we feel are all part of our trials and through Jesus Christ we grow and become stronger through them. Nothing is impossible through the Lord and I know that if we have faith and trust in him he will lift our hearts and lighten the load. 

"He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden light."-Elder David A. Bednar

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Christ's Atonement Gives Us Hope

For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.  - Moses 1:39

God’s desires for us, His children, are that we are happy and have eternal joy.  His whole purpose is that me may have eternal life.  Christ’s atonement is central to His plan for us to live eternally.  Because of the atonement of Christ, His personal suffering for each of us, we may have the hope for living eternally with him and with our family in peace and happiness.  And it is this hope that can give us joy in life right now.

  Paul was imprisoned, living in very poor conditions when he wrote this, “… For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:11-13).  No matter what condition you are in you can turn to Christ for joy and happiness.  Whether you feel lonely in need of comfort, you feel physical pain, you feel stressed because of daily tasks, or you are mourning the loss of a loved one, you can receive love and relief from Christ your Savior, because of His atonement.

There are times in our lives where we may be happy, confident, and we feel stable and in control of our lives.  Then there are times of sadness, weakness, and instability.  The atonement of Christ gives us the hope that sustains us through despair.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Christ's Gift - The Atonement....

Jesus Christ’s greatest gift was his Atonement.  But for most of us we cannot comprehend or understand the true power of this gift.  Yes, through the Atonement I am able to be forgiven for the things I do wrong in this life.  That through this repentance I am able to become clean again, able to stand upright before my Savior.  But the Atonement for me is so much more than just for the repentance of my sins.  

Christ’s sacrifice for all of us allows us to be saved from all of the pain and suffering that we experience in this life.  As a Paramedic / Fire Fighter, I see so much heartache of this world.  I experience things in such a raw way, and I can’t imagine coping with each day without the Atonement in my life.  My Savior has paid the price for all of the sins I may commit, but he also has paid the price for all of the anguish or pain I may endure.  In knowing this, I am able through prayer, to lie at my Savior’s feet all of my troubles.  Knowing that Christ knows how I feel, has walked in my shoes.  In utilizing the power of the Atonement for all aspects of my life, I am able to walk forward with faith.  I can leave any anguish behind, looking forward with a brightness of hope.  

Please allow your Savior to help you in all aspects of your life.  If you have sin that is bogging you down, repent.  If you have burdens that weigh heavy on your heart, give them over to Christ and carry them no more.  You never have to be alone, Christ is always with you.

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