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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Atonement

Lesson taught by Leila J.

What is the Atonement?  True to the Faith says that the Atonement is the supreme expression of our Heavenly Father's love for us.  It is also the greatest expression of the Savior's love for the Father  and for us.

President Hinkley and other General authorities have told us that the Atonement is the greatest event in all history and the greatest gift to all who would ever live upon the earth.

In the March 2013 Ensign, the article The Enabling Power of the Atonementteaches us that there is more than just the redeeming power of the Atonement.  There is also the enabling power of the Atonement.

Elder David A bednar suggests that most of us understand that Christ came to earth to die for us, to pay the price for our sins, to make us clean, to redeem us from our fallen state, and to enable every person to be resurrected from the dead.

"But," elder Bednar said, "I frankly do not think many of us 'get it' concerning the enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement."  Christ stands ready with outstretched arms as He waits for us to come unto Him and be encircled in the arms of His love.

All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have the power and the desire to help us overcome our feelings of grief, despair, inadequacy, discouragement, pain, and temptation.  They constantly offer us comfort, peace, hope, love, and strength.  They can heal our feelings of fear, distrust, anger, self-doubt, sorrow, discouragement, and inadequacy.  They can be the best resource we have to help us get through difficult days and trying times.

Because of the Atonement, our Savior knows our every feeling, whether it be grief, pain, or discouragement. 

He loves us and gave us the greatest gift of all. 

May we all turn to him in our 
times of need.

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