I love learning the book of Mormon. We are not just reading it. We are studying it. My focus in most of my studies this week was 2 Nephi 9.
I wanted to share with you something that stood out to me in this chapter. This chapter is so full of information. One of the focuses in this chapter is the atonement of the Savior. That he died so we can return to live with Heavenly Father through His grace. We talk of how the Savior suffered for all of our sins, hurt anguishes so we will not have to go through these pains and anguish alone. There are so many words written about the atonement of Christ. 2 Nephi chapter 9 is one such writing. Verse 7 is one that talks about the infinite atonement. Infinite: limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate. This means this atonement goes on forever and cannot be measured, yet we are counselled to use it in our daily lives.
My questions are: What exactly does this mean? What does using the atonement in our daily lives actually "do" for us? How does one use the atonement? Isn't the atonement something that was already done? How do I use it? I know I need to live righteously, but that is just following the commandments, trying to be honest in all my doings. Is that all it is? I wondered. I didn't think that was the case, because "just praying, reading scriptures, going to church and trying to be a good person" didn't feel like I was using anything. I was just doing what I was trying to do.
I mentioned what it is. The Bible Dictionary gives a further explanation. It also refers us back to this Chapter in the Book of Mormon. 2 Nephi 9:5-24. Verses 23 & 24 tell us what we have to do to get or have the blessings of the atonement but it still does not answer how. But in the following verses and through the end of the chapter we learn more. We are given a list of what to do and what not to do.
In our gathering in class and discussing this chapter we talked of the atonement and using in our daily lives.
Using the atonement in our daily lives means always "Remembering Him and having his Spirit to be with us." We are reminded of this each Sunday as we take the sacrament. In doing this we will see what the atonement does for us.
What does it do for us? On a daily basis we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. We can have hope and faith that we will make it to true eternal happiness. It gives us the knowledge and comfort that we are not alone. The Savior, Jesus Christ, felt these pains, hurts, frustrations, imperfections, illnesses, all of it so that each and every one of us would never be alone in our struggles, trials and life. Our pain is real and some one does know exactly how you are feeling in your painful time. You really are never alone.
How? How do we use it in our lives? How do I make this something real that I use? How do I do it so I can get these blessings and this comfort the knowledge and the power the atonement give? Sunday. Attending church and partaking of the sacrament. This renews the covenants. Pondering the sacrament prayer each week and keeping Jesus in our thought and hears through the week. Everyday. Pray. Often. Pray to our Father in the name of the son, Our Savior Jesus Christ. Ask for help, blessings, understand, the capacity to learn to change to get out of the situation. Pray for the desire to know the Savior to get to happiness. Pray and praise and give thanks. Honestly just pray. This open line of communication comes from Christ so praying is using the atonement. Think about the savior. And give him your troubles. Do not ask the Lord to take away your pains. Let him know through your agency you are ready to let them go. As you give the painful, hurtful sinful things in your life to the Lord you are accepting the atonement. You are believing that He is there and you are not alone and he has the power to pick it up.
So it is more than living a “righteous” life, or going to church. It is more than just praying and going through the motions. It is more than believing. Using the atonement in our daily lives requires action. It is Believing, Feeling, Asking, Doing, Living and Loving. I was using the atonement in my life without knowing it. I wasn’t giving the personal attention and focus I needed to. As I had the desire to strengthen my relationship with my Savior I knew I needed to find out the answers to these questions. I am glad the Lord provided me a way to find them.
Now with this post if I forget or feel myself needing a refresher I can come back here and read it and know.