Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Reason for Our Hope

by President Boyd K, Packer

President Packer's talk focuses on the Savior, His Atonement, and His mercy.

"The Savior wrought the Atonement, which provides a way for us to become clean. . ."

"Those who repent and forsake sin will find that His merciful arm is outstretched still.  Those who listen to and heed His words and the words of His chosen servants will find peace and understanding even in the midst of great heartache and sorrow.  The result of His sacrifice is to free us from the effects of sin, that all may have guilt erased and feel hope."

Stop feeling guilty!   Turn to the Savior.  He will help drag you out of the depths of despair and you'll once again be able to feel that hope, and happiness you're searching for.

"The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to those who commit sins either of commission (when you know it's wrong, but you do it anyway) or omission (when you know the right thing but fail to do it -reach out to the poor, read your scriptures daily, etc), but they encompass the promise of everlasting peace to all who will accept and follow Him and His teachings.  His mercy is the mighty healer, even to the wounded innocent."

President Packer told of an incident where a woman suffered a terrible wrong committed against her.  Justifiably, she felt like someone needed to pay for this thing done to her.  Then came into her heart the realization that "Someone already has paid".  Jesus-

"If we are not aware of what the Savior's sacrifice can do for us, we may go through life carrying regrets. . .The guilt that accompanies mistakes can be washed away."

The Savior, and His merciful Atonement make it possible to heal, to no longer feel guilty.  To make this work, we have to believe it.  We have to remain strong in our testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we must never lose Hope!

This talk reminded me of the talk by Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient.  In his talk he says,

". . .Don't quit.  Keep trying.  Don't look for escapes and excuses.  Look for the Lord and His perfect strength.  Don't search for someone to blame.  Search for someone to help you.  Seek Christ, and, as you do, I promise you will feel the enabling power we call His amazing grace."

Once we have found this hope, we need to "seek to strengthen the testimonies of the young and old, the married and single."  We need to teach and share with others how to turn to the Savior and draw upon this power.

"We are at war with the forces of the adversary, and we need each and every one of us if we are going to succeed in the work the Savior has for us to do."

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