The Atonement in Our Life

So this week, I would like to share how the lord knows and loves each of us, and how impactful the atonement can and must be in our lives.

You know something, we as missionaries spend hours thinking about people. We spend so much time trying to help them and see what we can do to make them happier. Our plans for them, although imperfect and flawed, are nonetheless thought of, and cared for. As I caught hold upon this thought, the realization that our Father in Heaven Loves us that much more. He has plans for us far greater, and far more perfect than we realize. His plans are so unique that we can be put somewhere (for a missionary, in a specific Area) and accomplish more than we ever thought possible. We are able to learn so much, that we often think “How could anywhere have been better at this point in my life”, but he does it. So seamlessly, so perfect, it is truly awe-inspiring. He knows each of us perfectly, that he is able to help us perfectly. Isn’t it amazing??? 😀
The next, is about the Atonement. Something I have learned this week, in a way that I have never learned it before is about the Atonement, or more specifically about the Enabling Power of the Atonement.
I was listening to a BYU Devotional given by Elder Bednar Titled: The Atonement and The Journey of Mortality. In this talk, Elder Bednar gives many thoghts about the Enabling Power of the Atonement. one is the Following Quote:”The enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and to serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity..”
The Atonement Strengthens us to do and be good and to serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity.
Now, I do not know if this is because I am only a missionary, (I would assume not as Elder Bednar Gave this talk at BYU) but one thing I do know, The Lord gives us individual strength. No, he does not normally take away the Burden, but moreso strengthens us to endure the burden. This impression came to me as I was sitting in Church On Sunday. The Bread was just blessed and I closed my eyes. As I did this, I saw the lords hand in my life over the past week, with, as Elder Bednar puts it, “Strengthen[ing me] to serve beyond [my] own individual desire and natural capacity”. I was able to see the Lord strengthening me beyond my own, and allowing me to have increased desire to fulfil his work. I do not believe that this applies to us missionaries alone, but to us as members as a whole. We can All be strengthened, if we endure to the end and ask for his help. Not only ask, but are willing to do.
Love you all, and I hope you have a absolutely stupendous week!
With Love,
Elder Wilson

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