Okay so this week was great!!! Also I love life. Also it's warm and I'm so so happy. I was asked a great question this week about how we access Christ's atonement! Here are my thoughts on that and how I have been able to do just that!
This is actually such a great question and one that I had when I first got to New York. I was crazy home sick, and extremely lonely and my companion would just keep saying "use Christ's atonement, it's there for you!" And me, being me, said "but I haven't sinned! I haven't done anything wrong!" Then she made me study it for a few days and it blew my mind. So let's just jump right in!!
First, Alma 7:11-13 says that not only did Christ suffer for our sins, but also our pains, afflictions, even our temptations. Every emotion we ever have or will feel, he felt. I sometimes wonder if he also felt our joy as well ....anyway! So yes, any infirmity we ever have, sadness, loneliness, insecurities, doubt, all of those feelings, Christ has also felt. And he knows who feels them, when we are going to feel them, how they truly feel, he knows it all!
Here's where things get good! So how do we access Christ's atonement?? In Preach My Gospel it says "we pray with faith to our Father in heaven in the name of Jesus Christ." It also explains this well in Moses 5:8 "Wherefore, thou salt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore."
So, say when we need to repent, we pray to Heavenly father and ask for forgiveness from Him, He is the one that forgives us when true repentance takes place. But as we close our prayer in Jesus Christ's name, we allow him to intercede for us!
(Intercede: to plead for another, this is a good one to study in the topical guide)
So as we pray in the name of Christ, He then is able to step forward and tell the Father, hey, this person messed up but because she asked for forgiveness in my name, you can forgive her! It's a pretty crazy concept to wrap your mind around, but I know that it works! I was able to overcome the homesickness and now when things come up, I remember that Christ has already suffered for me and I can access His atonement through prayer at ANY time and for ANY reason.
The gospel is incredible! This might not have made much sense. haha If not, study it out and of course, put it into action!!
If I had to pick one thing I have learned the most about in the last few months it would be the witness that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and it is powerful and we can do nothing in life without it!! I challenge you all to find a way to access Christ's Atonement this week in your life and I promise as you ask sincerely, you can and will see miracles.