I think this is a great talk to listen to today. The Atonement is an answer to everything in this world really: if I turn my will over to my Heavenly Father, I’m utilizing the Atonement in my day to day decisions.
Opposition is part of Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness.
The Savior is not a silent observer – he knows the pain we face.
Sometimes we’re tempted to ask – “Is there no balm in Giliead?” The Atonement covers all pain…
Spiritual pain lies deep within our souls…and comes from our sinful actions and lack of repentance.
“…return unto me and be converted, that I might heal you…”
Much of Christ’s mortal ministry was to bless and heal the sick, physical, emotional, and spiritual pain.
“He shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions of all kinds…that He may know how to succor His people of their infirmities…”
President Henry B. Eyring taught: “It will comfort us when we must wait in distress for the Savior’s promised relief that He knows, from experience, how to heal and help us. … And faith in that power will give us patience as we pray and work and wait for help. He could have known how to succor us simply by revelation, but He chose to learn by His own personal experience.” 14
Our great personal challenge in mortality is to become “a saint through the atonement of Christ.” 22 The pain you and I experience may be where this process is most measured. In extremity, we can become as children in our hearts, humble ourselves, and “pray and work and wait” 23 patiently for the healing of our bodies and our souls.
What a PERFECT talk for me to listen to today.
I’ve been feeling a bit of fear of the unknown lately. I’ve been finishing up some projects for clients and wondering how I’m going to make new ends meet. I have things coming up but some of them scare me due to the size and magnitude – projects I’m not sure how to handle exactly.
I know that if and when I turn my will over to God and His Son, that I will be blessed with patience, perspective, and peace. I know that “God does hear and answer prayers and that He will be there when I need Him most” (Patriarchal Blessing).
I know that I need to have faith. After watching/listening/reading this talk, I felt I should pray, but for a split second I think I felt like, “But will God really listen to me?” or “Why would God need to hear from me now?”
It’s THIS lack of faith that I need to pray about and overcome. My whole life, especially over the last 6 months, has been due to God hearing and answering my prayers.
I’m grateful for my family.
I’m grateful for the opportunities Heavenly Father has given me “upon the isles of the sea”.
I’m grateful that Becky and my family believe in me.
I’m grateful to start the day off right by studying the words of the Prophets.
To a good day,