Friday, December 16, 2016

Miracles and The Atonement

August 8, 2016

Family and Friends,

I hope you are all having a fantastic week and that you have been able
to see the hand of God in your life this week. :)

My week was pretty good, we have seen many tender mercies this week.
We have really been seeing the work pick up and more people becoming
interested and it's really great. You just feel so much better when
your able to get out and do the work of the Lord and be busy.

We have an awesome family we are working with right now. They have a
really strong faith and a desire to learn and it is so awesome. The
whole family has only lived here for a year so the kids know hardly
any English which for some reason is hard for us because the kids
usually only speak English, it's very interesting. But they are always
super excited when we come over, and it's awesome :)

I have also been learning more about the Atonement, or sacrifice of
our Savior for our sins this week. It's quite an incredible thing. I
have been learning to rely on it a lot the last couple months,
especially since I haven't been feeling good I have really been coming
to realize that our Savior suffered for more than just our sins, he
suffered for all our sicknesses, pains, and sorrows. I found a quote
that I really liked. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared the following
testimony that the Atonement can lift our burdens from us:

“Are you battling a demon of addiction--tobacco or drugs or gambling,
or the pernicious contemporary plague of pornography? Is your marriage
in trouble or your child in danger? Are you confused with gender
identity or searching for self-esteem? Do you--or someone you
love--face disease or depression or death? Whatever other steps you
may need to take to resolve these concerns, come first to the gospel
of Jesus Christ. Trust in heaven’s promises. In that regard Alma’s
testimony is my testimony: ‘I do know,’ he says, ‘that whosoever shall
put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their
troubles, and their afflictions’ [Alma 36:3].

“This reliance upon the merciful nature of God is at the very center
of the gospel Christ taught. I testify that the Savior’s Atonement
lifts from us not only the burden of our sins but also the burden of
our disappointments and sorrows, our heartaches and our despair [see
Alma 7:11–12]. From the beginning, trust in such help was to give us
both a reason and a way to improve, an incentive to lay down our
burdens and take up our salvation” (“Broken Things to Mend,” Ensign or
Liahona, May 2006, 70–71).

The Atonement is such an incredible thing and it is only through
following the example of our Savior and using the Atonement that we
can return to live with our Heavenly Father and our Families forever.

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Hermana Barnes

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