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 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.