Sunday, May 27, 2012
May 20, 2012
“The Book of Mormon is the Keystone of our religion!”
- Joseph Smith
Washington D.C. South Mission
Elders and Sister as I have been thinking of what I can say to help not only you, but myself as a
missionary, I realized one simple truth. We all need help, and the only true and lasting help comes
from the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
I have had missionaries in the past tell me that they feel like their understanding of the Atonement
isn’t as strong as someone who has experienced great sins and found absolute forgiveness
through Jesus Christ. This could not be more false. Our loving heavenly father would not prohibit
any of us from coming closer to him because we have not greatly sinned. It is easy to think that
the only way to feel the Atonement is through finding forgiveness. I myself used to limit the real
strengthen of the Atonement to only forgiveness. That is until I read the talk, “The Enabling
Power of the Atonement.” Which was given at a BYU devotional by David A. Bednar.
This talk explains that the Atonement is there to make bad men good and good men better. Right
now Elder’s and Sister we are all good. We are servants of the Lord, we have accepted his calling
for us and we are here. That is good, but it can get better! How? through the enabling power of the
Atonement. In Alma chapter 31 Alma is grieved at the apostate Zoramites. Alma had not sinned,
yet he called upon the Atonement. In verse 31 he says, “Wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ.”
Christ knew what Alma felt because he would soon suffer it in the Garden of Gethsemane. How
amazing is it that we have someone to lift and help us in all of our trials. Even to strengthen us in
our natural weaknesses.
Elders and Sisters when we fully apply the atonement to make ourselves better, our desire to share
the gospel will be increased! There is nothing in this gospel more important than the Atonement.
Study it, apply it, and be strengthened by it, and you will begin to spread the gospel with the true
power that has been attended for each of us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Elder Chance Johnson