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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Helaman chapter 12 ... continued (#2)

Taught by Sue G.
(click on the scripture reference to read it)





Elder David Bednar expounded on the power of 
God's Grace
(click to read full talk)


"In the Bible Dictionary we learn that the word grace frequently is used in the scriptures to connote enabling power: The main idea of the word is, divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ.

It is likewise through the grace of the Lord 
that individuals, through faith in the atonement 
of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, 
receive strength and assistance  to do good 
works that they otherwise would not be able 
to maintain if left to their own means.
This grace is an enabling power that allows men 
and women to have eternal life and exaltation 
after they have expended their own best.
    
Elder Gene R. Cook discussed the personal nature of the Saviors Grace.  "The grace of the Lord through the Atonement can both cleanse us of sin and assist in performing ourselves through out trials, sicknesses and even character defects... Christ can repair our flaws and failing that otherwise are not reparable.

That great truth ought to 
fill us with hope!

David Bednar said, "Grace is the divine assistance or heavenly help each of us desperately needs to qualify for the celestial kingdom. Thus, the enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and to serve beyond our own individual desire and 
natural capacity." 
"I declare my witness of and appreciation for the infinite and eternal sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know the Savior lives. I have experienced both His redeeming power and His enabling power, and I testify that these powers are real and available to each of us. Indeed, "in the strength of the Lord" we can do and overcome all things as we press forward on our journey of mortality."

The 
REDEEMING power of the ATONEMENT 
is given to us all without any effort on our part.

The 
ENABLING power of the ATONEMENT 
requires us to act to use it.

  • How are you partaking of the enabling power of the atonement in your life?



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