This week has been the best and worst week of my entire life. The lows were so low but I would go through those lows 100 times more to have just a glimpse of the highs that I had this week over again.
|Sis Rackley, Sister Ingold, Sister King and I teaching about the|
plan of Salvation and giving
out Halloween candy outside the Insitute
This week I learned that the Atonement is spelled C.H.A.N.G.E. When we are changing and becoming more like our Savior we are using the Atonement. When we start reading our scriptures again we are using the Atonement. When we start having family home evening we are using the Atonement. When we follow the commandments with more exactness we are using the Atonement. The Atonement is everywhere. So many of us think that the Atonement is only there for us when we sin. But that is not true. I have learned that the Atonement literally is the center of Heavenly Father's plan because without it we could not progress.
So many of us are afraid of change. We like what we like and how we like it. But that is not our Father in Heavens plan. He doesn't want us to stay exactly the same. If that was the plan there would be no purpose in us coming to earth. We would literally be here to waste time and get a body. Yes, getting a body was a huge part of our purpose to come to earth but it doesn't stop there. Part of our purpose here on earth is to use the Atonement and by using the Atonement we become like Him.
We talk a lot about how on a mission you are constantly ripped from your comfort zone. You were comfortable at home and then you get thrown into the MTC. You were comfortable in the MTC then you get set to a new place with a new culture. Then when you are just barely comfortable in your area you are sent to a new area with new people and a new companion and this happens every six weeks. Why is it they don't want to leave us in our comfort zone? A mission is hard enough being ripped from the first comfort zone of home why does it have to happen again and again? It happens again and again because when we get comfortable we stop changing. We stop progressing and using the Atonement to the fullest capacity that we can. People always say you grow so much on your mission and it is so true. But you grow so much because you are constantly being thrown outside of your comfort zone and in doing so you must learn to change. You must learn to rely on the Atonement.
I love that our Heavenly Father gave us this plan. This perfect plan. That by using the Atonement we go from good people to better and from better people to best and, even though we won't make it in this life but the Atonement makes it possible for us to be perfect like our Father in Heaven as well. Everything goes back to the Atonement.
You don't have to be a missionary to use the Atonement. You don't have to change your environment every six weeks to use to Atonement. The only thing you need to do is be willing to change. Be willing to give your will to the Father.
We have an investigator that is such an amazing example of this. Her name is Monica and she has only had 2 lessons with us but she is already experiencing amazing blessing from the Atonement. She came to church for the first time on Sunday and she told me that she had no clue what LDS people wore to church so she googled it. While reading it she learned about modesty and so she changed her wardrobe right then. She wanted to change and so she did so. She wanted to use the Atonement so she gave her will to the Father and was willing to change through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
This week I want to challenge you to see one thing in your life that you could use the Atonement with. One thing that you can change to become more like our Father in Heaven.
I love this gospel with everything that I am. I love that I can be changed through the Atonement because I don't want to be the person I was before my mission. I want to continue to use the Atonement and grow to the person my Father in Heaven knows I can. But I can't do it without Him. Rely on Him. Trust Him.
THIS CHURCH IS SO TRUE!
- Sister Wade(: