Monday, February 17, 2014

FHE - The Atonement of Jesus Christ

Our next Family Home Evening lesson had Dinoguy in charge. He chose to focus on a talk by Elder Richard G. Scott called "Personal Strength through the Atonement of Jesus Christ". He prepared the lesson on his own and chose a few quotes. His main focus was on the story of the people of Ammon and their sons who became the Army of Helaman.

He shared the background story of the people of Ammon joining the church and how they considered taking up arms again to help fight the Lamanites. That it was important they not take up weapons though it had been years because of previous weakness.

The joyful news for anyone who desires to be rid of the consequences of past poor choices is that the Lord sees weaknesses differently than He does rebellion. Whereas the Lord warns that unrepented rebellion will bring punishment, when the Lord speaks of weaknesses, it is always with mercy. 

The sons of these people stepped in and were able to be weak things made strong by the Lord. They were miraculously preserved in battle and returned home spiritually strengthened. Many have been encouraged by their examples.

Each of us has had times in our lives when we have made poor choices. We are all in desperate need of the redemptive power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Many of us have allowed weakness to develop in our character. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we, like the Ammonites, can build spiritual fortifications between ourselves and any past mistakes that Satan attempts to exploit. The spiritual protections built around the Ammonite fathers blessed and strengthened themselves, their families, their country, and future generations. The same can be true with us.

How can we apply the Atonement in our own lives? The first step is repentance and working to change. Elder Scott also shares many suggestions for fortifying ourselves against relapses of weaknesses.

Remember, repentance is not punishment. It is the hope-filled path to a more glorious future.

In each of these suggestions, there is a common theme: fill your life with service to others.

Many of you have felt the burden of poor choices, and each of you can feel the elevating power of the Lord’s forgiveness, mercy, and strength.

Dinoguy ended with his testimony about the Atonement and the Savior and I shared mine as well. It was a good, simple lesson. Then we had treats, played a game and went to bed.

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