This week we had ward conference and it was great! Bishop talked about the promise in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good to them that love God. It doesn’t promise that all things will always be carefree and perfect without trials, no, it says that all things will work together for our good if we love God.
To love God with all our heart, might, mind and strength is all encompassing. It is a constant and total commitment.
Stake President Bond talked about our experience at church. He asked: does it change you?
In 2 Nephi 33:1 it tells us that the Holy Ghost will be brought UNTO our heart. We must decide if we allow the Holy Ghost INTO our heart.
The pattern of our lives should be to: know, do, become.
He spoke about the experience the Savior had in Gethsemane and how the disciples could not stay with him just one hour. (Matthew 26:36-44). What would you do if you were in Gethsemane? Would you stay with Christ one hour?
Now, think of your Sacrament observance. Do you “sleep” through the sacrament? We need to come to church prepared to partake of the sacrament each and every week. We should use this time to put our weaknesses on the altar and come to the Lord with greater purpose of heart. We should imagine ourselves in Gethsemane with Christ.
Do we truly have gratitude for the Atonement? Do we allow the Atonement to replace our pain with peace? If not, we are not truly allowing the Atonement to work within our lives.
I hope that you are able to feel the power of the Atonement each day. I am so grateful for all the experiences that I am having here on my mission that teach me the importance and significance of the Atonement. If we truly desire to live with God, the Atonement is not optional. It is absolutely crucial to our salvation.
Have a wonderful week! I love you.