The Atonement of Jesus Christ by Tad R. Callister
Content by Lorren Lemmons
If you follow the news, you probably know that last week there were three mass shootings in the United States. Three. Three senseless events where people living their ordinary lives never came home, where many people's lives changed forever.
Mortality is not easy. While most of us will hopefully avoid mass tragedies like these shootings, death will touch all of us. Sin will touch all of us. Sorrow will touch all of us. Weakness will touch all of us.
It's easy to stop at this step, to get burdened down by the trials that affect all of us at one time or another. In the valleys of life, it can seem like sunlight never reaches us.
But if we reach for our faith and hope in our Savior, we can be lifted from our sin and sorrow and brought into the light. As I read Elder Callister's words about the four obstacles Jesus helps us to overcome, I felt touched by each of them, just in the last week. Christ's victory over death consoles me when I think of family members who are in ill health and struggling. His victory over sin lifts me when I inevitably stumble while trying to live the Gospel. His ability to succor me through afflictions strengthens me through the trials in my life, like my personal experiences with depression and anxiety. And his enabling grace strengthens me to bit by bit overcome my weaknesses and imperfections as I strive to be more like Him.
My heart is full of gratitude as I ponder the ways the Savior has blessed and continues to bless me each moment. As Elder Callister says, "the Savior's Atonement gives us life for death, 'beauty for ashes,' healing for hurt, and perfection for weakness. It is heaven's antidote to the obstacles and struggles of this world."
Just typing those words, my eyes are filling with tears. The Atonement truly is the greatest gift, and I am endlessly grateful for my Savior.
FAITH IN ACTION
This week's Come, Follow Me lesson covers my favorite scripture of all time, Romans 5:3-5. "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
"And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
Take some time to ponder a tribulation you've had that has taught you patience, given you experience, and brought you hope in the Atonement. Write it in your journal or share your testimony of this experience.
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