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The Atonement and Faith - Dallin H. Oaks - 0 views

  • Consider the themes of the books, magazines, movies, television, and music we in the world have made popular by our patronage. Do the things portrayed in our chosen entertainment build up or tear down the children of God?
    • Jeff VanDrimmelen
      When I think of this quote I think of all the shows on TV today and a large marjority of them tear down. They desensitize us to the horror of violence, and de-emphasize the importance and sanctity of chasity and fidelity.

      Granted there are some good one's too (I like the Big Give and the House Makeover show... they show great examples of helping others), but I still have to ask myself if they are a good use of my time...
  • During my lifetime I have seen a strong trend to set aside entertainment that builds up and dignifies the children of God and to replace it with portrayals and performances that are depressing, demeaning, and destructive.
  • We are His servants, and it is critical that we understand the role of the Atonement in our own lives and in the lives of those we teach. Essential to that understanding is an understanding of the relationship between justice and mercy and the Atonement, and the role of suffering and repentance in this divine process
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  • the person who repents does not need to suffer even as the Savior suffered for that sin. Sinners who are repenting will experience some suffering, but because of their repentance and the Atonement, they will not experience the full, exquisite extent of eternal torment the Savior suffered for those sins.

    • Jeff VanDrimmelen
      This is interesting... here is a good referene for the connection between our suffering as mortal human beings and the suffering the Savior went through. Our suffering will be less because of the Savior, but we will still suffer for our sins.
  • personal suffering is a very important part of repentance. “One has not begun to repent until he has suffered intensely for his sins. … If a person hasn’t suffered,” he said, “he hasn’t repented.
  • We tend to think of the results of repentance as simply cleansing us from sin, but that is an incomplete view. A person who sins is like a tree that bends easily in the wind. On a windy and rainy day, the tree bends so deeply against the ground that the leaves become soiled with mud, like sin. If we focus only on cleaning the leaves, the weakness in the tree that allowed it to bend and soil its leaves may remain. Similarly, a person who is merely sorry to be soiled by sin will sin again in the next high wind. The susceptibility to repetition continues until the tree has been strengthened.
    • Jeff VanDrimmelen
      This is great imagery. True repentance not only cleans our leaves, but it strengthen's our trunk so that next time we won't get our leaves dirty. :)
  • Forsaking sins is more than resolving not to repeat them. Forsaking involves a fundamental change in the individual.
  • President Kimball said: “Sometimes … when a repentant one looks back and sees the ugliness, the loathsomeness of the transgression, he is almost overwhelmed and wonders, ‘Can the Lord ever forgive me? Can I ever forgive myself?’ But when one reaches the depths of despondency and feels the hopelessness of his position, and when he cries out to God for mercy in helplessness but in faith, there comes a still, small, but penetrating voice whispering to his soul, ‘Thy sins are forgiven thee.’
  • This powerful idea—that we must have faith and put the Lord first in our lives—seems simple, but in practice many find it difficult.
  • We cannot have true faith in the Lord without also having complete trust in the Lord’s will and in the Lord’s timing. As a result, no matter how strong our faith is, it cannot produce a result contrary to the will of Him in whom we have faith. Remember this when your prayers do not seem to be answered in the way or at the time you desire.
  • The exercise of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is always subject to the order of heaven, to the goodness and will and wisdom and timing of the Lord. When we have that kind of faith and trust in the Lord, we have true security and serenity in our lives.
    Sections of the Article:

    - The Savior Builds Us Up
    - Suffering is Part of Repentance
    - We Must Make A Mighty Change
    - Forgiveness Is Certain
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