Today in my New Testament class we talked about Christ’s Atonement. It was incredibly hard and painful, but it was necessary for our salvation. Christ asked if there was another way. Unfortunately, there wasn’t. But he did the will of the Father and “with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
Alma 34:10 perfectly describes the Atonement, “For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.”
The words infinite and eternal are key. It means that the Atonement can help everyone. It will cover any sin, pain, sorrow, sickness, affliction, temptation. Anything and everything that is holding us back from perfection can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Today in class I checked Instagram on my phone and saw that one of my inactive friends wrote a blog post about coming back to the church. I got really excited and started to read it. This young man converted to the church when he was 18. He had such a strong testimony and was fired up about the gospel. He was called to serve a mission, but returned home early because of doubts about his testimony. He began investigating other churches and did things that are contrary to the standards of the church. But now he has come back to the gospel and is working on building his testimony again!
I was so touched by his story and his testimony. While I was reading it, I couldn’t help but think about the Atonement (since that was what we were talking about in class). My testimony of the Atonement was strengthened so much from reading this blog post. I know that no matter what we do in this life, we can always come back to the gospel. We can become clean again through our faith and obedience. The Atonement truly is infinite and eternal. Because of it we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and partake of eternal life.
If you want to read his story and testimony visit prodigalmormon.wordpress.com! It’s really inspirational and I highly recommend reading it!