The Miracle of the Atonement

From the April 2011 Conference, Elder C. Scott Grow of the Seventy shared the sad story of his brother, who passed away recently.  He shared the struggles that his brother faced and how he left the church and then after being out of the church for years, he reached out to the Savior, repented, and walked faithfully the path of righteousness until his unexpected death.

Elder Grow shares with us:

“I am grateful for the miracle of the Atonement in the life of my brother. The Savior’s Atonement is available to each of us—always.

We access the Atonement through repentance. When we repent, the Lord allows us to put the mistakes of the past behind us.

“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.

“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins―behold, he will confess them and forsake them.” 2

Each of us knows a person who has had serious challenges in his or her life―someone who has wandered or wavered. That person could be a friend or relative, a parent or child, a husband or wife. That person may even be you.   I speak unto all, even unto you. I speak of the miracle of the Atonement.

The Messiah came to redeem men from the Fall of Adam.3  Everything in the gospel of Jesus Christ points toward the atoning sacrifice of the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Elder Grow shares with us that the Atonement is available to everyone, all the time, as long as we repent for our sins.  We all need to consider our own lives and ask ourselves if there are things that we can change within our own lives.  Elder Grow invites us to seek relief from the feelings of guilt, remorse, anger, and loss of faith and ask our Heavenly Father for forgiveness.  Our brother, our savior, our redeemer, has given us a miracle, a key to the door of our own salvation.  We can have access to that key if we live our daily lives as the Savior has.  We can do this every day through prayer, reading daily scriptures, seek counsel of our Bishop when we are troubled and live righteously with the Savior always present in our minds and in our hearts.

“I testify of the miracle of the Atonement. I have seen its healing power in the life of my brother and felt it in my own life. The healing and redemptive power of the Atonement is available to each of us—always.

I testify that Jesus is the Christ—the Healer of our souls. I pray that each of us will choose to respond to the Savior’s invitation: “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?” 21 In the name of Jesus Christ, amen ”

I bear my testimony that the gospel is true, that Jesus Christ is our Blessed Savior, and that Heavenly Father has an eternal plan for all of us if we continue to ask for guidance through prayer and our faith in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, amen.

Reference Notes:

1. Luke 15:17

2. Doctrine & Covenants 58:42-43

3. 2 Nephi 2:25-26

21. 3 Nephi 9:13

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