Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Favorites: LDS Talks about Christ's Atonement

There are so many wonderful talks about the Atonement of Jesus Christ I would like to share. Here are just a few.

Elder Richard G. Scott, who only recently passed away, gave a talk entitled, "Personal Strength through the Atonement of Jesus Christ." In this talk, Elder Scott used stories from the Book of Mormon to talk about the atonement.
"It is a fundamental truth that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be cleansed. We can become virtuous and pure. However, sometimes our poor choices leave us with long-term consequences. One of the vital steps to complete repentance is to bear the short- and long-term consequences of our past sins. Their past choices had exposed these Ammonite fathers to a carnal appetite that could again become a point of vulnerability that Satan would attempt to exploit."

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, always gave such insightful talks filled with quotable sentences. His talk, "Hope through the Atonement" is a favorite of mine.
"Real hope keeps us “anxiously engaged” in good causes even when these appear to be losing causes on the mortal scoreboard (see D&C 58:27). Likewise, real hope is much more than wishful musing. It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine. Hope is serene, not giddy, eager without being naive, and pleasantly steady without being smug. Hope is realistic anticipation which takes the form of a determination—not only to survive adversity but, moreover, to “endure … well” to the end (D&C 121:8)."

Elder James E. Faust's word touched my heart in his Oct. 1996 General conference talk, "Woman, Why Weepest Thou?" 
"All of us benefit from the transcendent blessings of the Atonement and the Resurrection, through which the divine healing process can work in our lives. The hurt can be replaced by the joy the Savior promised. To the doubting Thomas, Jesus said, “Be not faithless, but believing.”5 Through faith and righteousness all of the inequities, injuries, and pains of this life can be fully compensated for and made right. Blessings denied in this life will be fully recompensed in the eternities. Through complete repentance of our sins we can be forgiven and we can enjoy eternal life. Thus our suffering in this life can be as the refining fire, purifying us for a higher purpose. Heartaches can be healed, and we can come to know a soul-satisfying joy and happiness beyond our dreams and expectations."

Elder Dallin H. Oaks spoke about the atonement in his Oct. 2015 General Conference talk, "Strengthened by the Atonement." We studied this in Relief Society yesterday.
"Our Savior experienced and suffered the fulness of all mortal challenges “according to the flesh” so He could know “according to the flesh” how to “succor [which means to give relief or aid to] his people according to their infirmities.” He therefore knows our struggles, our heartaches, our temptations, and our suffering, for He willingly experienced them all as an essential part of His Atonement. And because of this, His Atonement empowers Him to succor us—to give us the strength to bear it all."


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