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Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?

By Elder Matthew L. Carpenter


Of the Seventy
Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, if we choose to repent and turn our hearts
fully to the Savior, He will heal us spiritually.

A few months into his mission, our youngest son and his missionary companion
were completing their study when our son felt a dull pain in his head. He felt very
strange; at first he lost control of his left arm; then his tongue went numb. The
left side of his face began to droop. He had difficulty speaking. He knew
something was wrong. What he didn’t know was that he was in the middle of a
massive stroke in three areas of his brain. Fear began to set in as he became
partially paralyzed. How quickly a stroke victim receives care can have a
dramatic effect on the extent of his healing. His faithful missionary companion
acted decisively. After calling 911, he gave him a blessing. Miraculously, the
ambulance was only five minutes away.
After our son was rushed to the hospital, the medical personnel quickly assessed
the situation and determined they should administer a medicine to our son that
could potentially reverse the stroke’s paralyzing effects over time.1However, if
our son was not having a stroke, the medicine could have severe consequences,
such as bleeding in the brain. Our son had to choose. He chose to accept the
medication. While full recovery required more operations and many months, our
son eventually returned and completed his mission after the effects of the stroke
were substantially reversed.
Our Heavenly Father is all-powerful and all-knowing. He knows our physical
struggles. He is aware of our physical pains due to illness, disease, aging,
accidents, or birth disorders. He is aware of emotional struggles associated with
anxiety, loneliness, depression, or mental illness. He knows each person who has
suffered injustice or who has been abused. He knows our weaknesses and the
propensities and temptations we struggle with.
During mortality we are tested to see if we will choose good over evil. For those
who keep His commandments, they will live with Him “in a state of never-ending
happiness.”2 To help us in our progression to become like Him, Heavenly Father
has given all power and knowledge to His Son, Jesus Christ. There is no physical,
emotional, or spiritual ailment that Christ cannot heal.3
From the mortal ministry of the Savior, the scriptures recount many miraculous
events where Jesus Christ used His divine power to heal those who suffered
physically.
The Gospel of John recounts the story of a certain man who had endured a
debilitating infirmity for 38 years.
“When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case,
he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?”
The impotent man responded that no one was around to help him when he
needed it most.
“Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
“And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked.”4
Please note the juxtaposition of how long this man suffered on his own—38
years—and how quickly the healing came once the Savior became involved. The
healing was “immediate.”
In another instance, a woman with an issue of blood 12 years, who “had spent all
[of] her living upon physicians, … came behind him, and touched the border of
his garment: and immediately her issue of blood [ceased]. …
“And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out
of me.
“And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she … declared unto him before
all the people … how she was healed immediately.”5
Through His ministry, Christ taught that He had power over the physical body.
We cannot control the timing of when Christ’s healing of our physical ailments
will occur. Healing occurs according to His will and wisdom. In the scriptures,
some suffered for decades; others, their entire mortal lives. Mortal infirmities can
refine us and deepen our reliance upon God. But when we allow Christ to be
involved, He will always strengthen us spiritually so we can have greater
capacity to endure our burdens.
Ultimately, we know that every physical ailment, malady, or imperfection will be
healed in the Resurrection. That is a gift to all mankind through the Atonement of
Jesus Christ.6
Jesus Christ can heal more than just our physical bodies. He can heal our spirits
as well. Throughout scripture we learn how Christ helped those whose spirits
were weak and made them whole.7 As we ponder these experiences, our hope
and faith in the Savior’s power to bless our lives increases. Jesus Christ can
change our hearts, heal us from the effects of injustice or abuse we may
experience, and strengthen our capacity to bear loss and heartache, bringing us
peace to help us endure the trials of our lives, healing us emotionally.
Christ can also heal us when we sin. We sin when we knowingly break one of
God’s laws.8 When we sin, our soul becomes unclean. No unclean thing can dwell
in God’s presence.9 “Becoming clean from sin is [to be] healed spiritually.”10
God the Father knows we will sin, but He has prepared a way for us to be
redeemed. Elder Lynn G. Robbins taught: “Repentance isn’t [God’s] backup plan
in the event we might fail. Repentance is His plan, knowing that we will.”11 When
we sin, we have the opportunity to choose the good from the evil. We choose the
good when we repent after we have sinned. Through Jesus Christ and His atoning
sacrifice, we can be redeemed from our sins and brought back to the presence of
God the Father if we repent. Spiritual healing is not one-sided—it requires the
Savior’s redemptive power and sincere repentance on the part of the sinner. For
those who choose not to repent, they are rejecting the healing Christ offers. For
them, it is as though no redemption was made.12
As I have counseled with others seeking to repent, I have marveled that people
who were living in sin had difficulty making correct decisions. The Holy Ghost
would leave them, and they often struggled to make choices that would bring
them closer to God. They would wrestle for months or even years, embarrassed
or frightened of the consequences of their sins. Often they felt that they could
never change or be forgiven. I have often heard them share their fear that if their
loved ones knew what they had done, they would stop loving them or leave them.
When they followed this line of thinking, they resolved to just keep quiet and
delay their repentance. They incorrectly felt that it was better not to repent now
so that they would not further hurt those they loved. In their minds it was better
to suffer after this life than go through the repentance process now. Brothers and
sisters, it is never a good idea to procrastinate your repentance. The adversary
often uses fear to prevent us from acting immediately upon our faith in Jesus
Christ.
When loved ones are confronted with the truth about sinful behavior, while they
may feel deeply wounded, they often want to help the sincerely repentant sinner
to change and to reconcile with God. Indeed, spiritual healing accelerates when
the sinner confesses and is surrounded by those who love them and help them to
forsake their sins. Please remember that Jesus Christ is mighty in how He also
heals the innocent victims of sin who turn to Him.13
President Boyd K. Packer stated: “Our spirits are damaged when we make
mistakes and commit sins. But unlike the case of our mortal bodies, when the
repentance process is complete, no scars remain because of the Atonement of
Jesus Christ. The promise is: ‘Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is
forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more’ [Doctrine and Covenants
58:42].”14
When we repent “with full purpose of heart,”15 “immediatelyshall the great plan of
redemption be brought about” in our lives.16 The Savior will heal us.
The missionary companion and the medical professionals who helped our
stroke-afflicted son in the mission field acted quickly. Our son chose to receive
the stroke-reversing medicine. The paralyzing effects of his stroke that could
have followed him for the remainder of his mortal life were reversed. Likewise,
the faster we repent and bring the Atonement of Jesus Christ into our lives, the
sooner we can be healed from the effects of sin.
President Russell M. Nelson offered this invitation: “If you have stepped off the
path, … I invite you … to please come back. Whatever your concerns, whatever
your challenges, there is a place for you in this, the Lord’s Church. You and
generations yet unborn will be blessed by your actions now to return to the
covenant path.”17
Our spiritual healing requires us to submit ourselves to the conditions our Savior
has outlined. We must not delay! We must act today! Act now so that spiritual
paralysis does not prevent your eternal progression. While I have been speaking,
if you have felt the need to ask forgiveness of someone you have wronged, I
invite you to act. Tell them what you have done. Ask for their forgiveness. If you
have committed a sin that impacts your temple worthiness, I invite you to
counsel with your bishop—today. Do not delay.
My brothers and sisters, God is our loving Father in Heaven. He has given all
power and knowledge to His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Because of Him, all
mankind will one day be healed of every physical ailment forever. Because of the
Atonement of Jesus Christ, if we choose to repent and turn our hearts fully to the
Savior, He will heal us spiritually. That healing can begin immediately. The choice
is ours. Will we be made whole?
I testify that Jesus Christ paid the price so that we can be made whole. But we
must choose to take that healing medicine He offers. Take it today. Do not delay.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Jesus gave us the gift of forgiveness
During Jesus Christ’s life upon the earth, he taught others, performed
miracles and spread His gospel. The last week of His life, He performed the
greatest miracle of all, when He suffered for our sins and laid down His life.

He took upon Himself the sins of the world and suffered for each one of us. In
the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus felt the weight of every sin and pain of every
person who has ever lived, bleeding from every pore. He was betrayed,
arrested, and crucified on the cross. This was a sacrifice only He could make,
and He did it willingly because He loves us.
How does Jesus’s sacrifice affect my
life?
We all make mistakes we cannot fix, experience losses we cannot recover, and
face pain and disappointment that we can’t handle alone. Because of Christ’s
sacrifice we don’t have to.
 He helps me to forgive
Jesus commands us to forgive those who wrong us. It may be very difficult to
forgive others that have hurt or offended us, but when we ask for help, Christ
can give us the strength to overcome feelings of anger and bitterness.
 He helps me to repent
Jesus has the power to forgive completely. When we repent and rely on Him,
we will become clean again.
 He helps me be stronger
Jesus Christ loves us and wants to help us. Through His grace, we can receive
divine help or strengthening to do things that we would not be able to do on
our own.
 He understands completely
Because Jesus Christ suffered for all of our sins and pains personally, He
knows us perfectly. He loves us and want us to rely on Him through trials
and hardships. He knows exactly what we are going through and knows how
to help us.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ
By Tad R. Callister
Recently Released Sunday School General President

The Savior’s Atonement is not only infinite in scope but also individual in reach.

At this season of the year we particularly rejoice and reflect upon the Savior’s
Atonement. It is indeed the most supernal, mind-expanding, passionate doctrine
this world or universe has ever known. It is what gives hope and purpose to our
lives.
What then is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? In one sense, it is a series of divine
events that commenced in the Garden of Gethsemane, continued on the cross,
and culminated with the Savior’s Resurrection from the tomb. It was motivated
by an incomprehensible love for each of us. It required a being who was sinless;
who had infinite power over the elements—even death; who possessed a
boundless capacity to suffer the consequences of all our sins and ailments; and
who, in fact, descended beneath it all.1 This was the mission of Jesus Christ—this
was His Atonement.
What then was its purpose? It was to make it possible for us to return to God’s
presence, become more like Him, and have a fulness of joy. This was done by
overcoming four obstacles:
1. Physical death
2. Spiritual death caused by Adam and by our sins
3. Our afflictions and infirmities
4. Our weaknesses and imperfections
But how can the Savior accomplish this without violating the laws of justice?
Suppose for a moment a man contemplating an exhilarating free fall makes a rash
decision and spontaneously jumps from a small plane. After doing so, he quickly
realizes the foolishness of his actions. He wants to land safely, but there is an
obstacle—the law of gravity. He moves his arms with astounding speed, hoping
to fly, but to no avail. He positions his body to float or glide to slow the descent,
but the law of gravity is unrelenting and unmerciful. He tries to reason with this
basic law of nature: “It was a mistake. I will never do it again.” But his pleas fall
on deaf ears. The law of gravity knows no compassion; it makes no exceptions.
Fortuitously, though, the man suddenly feels something on his back. His friend in
the plane, sensing the moment of foolishness, had placed a parachute there just
before the jump. He finds the rip cord and pulls it. Relieved, he floats safely to the
ground. We might ask, “Was the law of gravity violated, or did that parachute
work within that law to provide a safe landing?”

When we sin, we are like the foolish man who jumped from the plane. No matter
what we do on our own, only a crash-landing awaits us. We are subject to the law
of justice, which, like the law of gravity, is exacting and unforgiving. We can be
saved only because the Savior, through His Atonement, mercifully provides us
with a spiritual parachute of sorts. If we have faith in Jesus Christ and repent
(meaning we do our part and pull the rip cord), then the protective powers of the
Savior are unleashed on our behalf and we can land spiritually unharmed.
This is possible, however, only because the Savior overcame the four obstacles
that can prevent our spiritual progress.
1. Death. He overcame death through His glorious Resurrection. The Apostle Paul
taught, “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”2
2. Sin. The Savior overcame sin and guilt for all those who repent. So deep and
expansive is His cleansing power that Isaiah promised, “Though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”3
On occasion, I have met with good Saints who have had trouble forgiving
themselves, who have innocently but incorrectly placed limits on the Savior’s
redemptive powers. Unwittingly, they have converted an infinite Atonement to a
finite one that somehow falls short of their particular sin or weakness. But it is an
infinite Atonement because it encompasses and circumscribes every sin and
weakness, as well as every abuse or pain caused by others.
Truman G. Madsen made this comforting observation:
“If there are some of you who have been tricked into the conviction that you have
gone too far, … that you have had the poison of sin which makes it impossible
ever again to be what you could have been—then hear me.
“I bear testimony that you cannot sink farther than the light and sweeping
intelligence of Jesus Christ can reach. I bear testimony that as long as there is one
spark of the will to repent and to reach, he is there. He did not just descend toyour
condition; he descended below it, ‘that he might be in all and through all things,
the light of truth.’ [Doctrine and Covenants 88:6.]”4
One reason it is so essential to understand the Savior’s Atonement and its infinite
implications is that with increased understanding comes an increased desire to
forgive ourselves and others.
Even though we may believe in Christ’s cleansing powers, the question often
arises: “How do I know if I have been forgiven of my sins?” If we feel the Spirit,
then that is our witness that we have been forgiven, or that the cleansing process
is taking place. President Henry B. Eyring taught, “If you have felt the influence of
the Holy Ghost … , you may take it as evidence that the Atonement is working in
your life.”5
Some have asked, “But if I am forgiven, why do I still feel guilt?” Perhaps in God’s
mercy the memory of that guilt is a warning, a spiritual “stop sign” of sorts that,
at least for a time, cries out when additional temptations confront us: “Don’t go
down that road. You know the pain it can bring.” In this sense, it serves as a
protection, not a punishment.
Is it possible, then, to remember our sins and still be free of guilt?
Alma remembered his sins, even years after he repented. But when he cried unto
Jesus for mercy, he said, “I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was
harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.”6
How could he remember his sins but have no pain or guilt? Because when we
repent, we are “born of God.”7 We become, as the scriptures say, “new
creatures”8 in Christ. With perfect honesty we can now say, “I am not the man or
woman who committed those past sins. I am a new and transformed being.”
3. Afflictions and Infirmities. Alma prophesied that Christ “shall go forth,
suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind.” Why? “That his
bowels may be filled with mercy, … that he may know according to the flesh how
to succor his people according to their infirmities.”9
How does He accomplish this? Sometimes He removes the affliction, sometimes
He strengthens us to endure, and sometimes He gives us an eternal perspective
to better understand their temporary nature. After Joseph Smith had languished
in Liberty Jail for about two months, he finally cried out, “O God, where art
thou?”10 Instead of providing instant relief, God responded, “My son, peace be
unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high.”11
Joseph now understood that this bitter experience was but a dot on the eternal
spectrum. With this enhanced vision, he wrote the Saints from that same prison
cell, “Dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power;
and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of
God.”12 Because of the Savior’s Atonement, we can have an eternal perspective
that gives meaning to our trials and hope for our relief.
4. Weaknesses and Imperfections. Because of His Atonement, the Savior has
enabling powers, sometimes referred to as grace,13 that can help us overcome our
weaknesses and imperfections and thus assist us in our pursuit to become more
like Him.
Moroni so taught: “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, … that by his
grace ye may be perfect in Christ.”14There seem at least two channels or means of
availing ourselves of those enabling powers that can refine—even perfect—us.
First, the saving ordinances. The scriptures tell us, “In the ordinances thereof, the
power of godliness is manifest.”15Sometimes we may think of ordinances as a
checklist—necessary for exaltation; but in truth each unleashes a godly power
that helps us become more like Christ. For example:
 When we are baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, we are made
clean—thus becoming more holy like God.
 In addition, through the Holy Ghost, our minds may be enlightened and our
hearts softened so we can think and feel more like Him.
 And when we are sealed as spouses, we inherit the right to “thrones, kingdoms,
principalities, and powers”16 as gifts from God.
A second channel for these enabling powers is the gifts of the Spirit. Because of
Christ’s Atonement, we are eligible to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and its
accompanying spiritual gifts. These gifts are attributes of godliness; therefore,
each time we acquire a gift of the Spirit, we become more like God. No doubt that
is why the scriptures enjoin us on multiple occasions to seek these gifts.17
President George Q. Cannon taught: “No man ought to say, ‘Oh, I cannot help this;
it is my nature.’ He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to …
give gifts that will eradicate [our weaknesses]. … If any of us are imperfect, it is
our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect.”18
In summary, the Savior’s Atonement gives us life for death, “beauty for
ashes,”19 healing for hurt, and perfection for weakness. It is heaven’s antidote to
the obstacles and struggles of this world.
In the Savior’s final week of mortality, He said, “In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”20 Because the
Savior performed His Atonement, there is no external force or event or person—
no sin or death or divorce—that can prevent us from achieving exaltation,
provided we keep God’s commandments. With that knowledge, we can press
forward with good cheer and absolute assurance that God is with us in this
heavenly quest.
I bear my witness that the Savior’s Atonement is not only infinite in scope but
also individual in reach—that it can not only return us to God’s presence but also
enable us to become like Him—the crowning goal of Christ’s Atonement. Of that I
bear my grateful and certain witness in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Personal Strength through the Atonement


of Jesus Christ
By Elder Richard G. Scott
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, each of us can become clean and the burden
of our rebellion will be lifted.

Recently I was blessed to meet with a most impressive group of youth from the
state of Idaho. One virtuous young woman asked me what I feel is the most
important thing they should be doing in their lives right now. I suggested they
learn to recognize the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in their lives.
Today I expound on one aspect of that power, which is the personal strength we
can receive through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
In the Book of Mormon we read of Ammon and his brethren teaching the gospel
of Jesus Christ to a people who were “a wild and a hardened and a ferocious
people.”1 Many of the people were converted and chose to leave behind their
sinful behavior. So complete was their conversion that they buried their weapons
and covenanted with the Lord that they would never use them again.2
Later, many of their unconverted brethren came upon them and began to slay
them. The now-faithful people chose to succumb to the sword rather than risk
their spiritual lives by taking up arms. Their righteous example helped even
more people to be converted and to lay down their weapons of rebellion.3
Through Ammon, the Lord guided them to refuge among the Nephites, and they
became known as the people of Ammon.4The Nephites protected them for many
years, but eventually the Nephite army began to wear down, and reinforcements
were gravely needed.5
The people of Ammon were at a critical moment of their spiritual lives. They had
been true to their covenant never to take up arms. But they understood that
fathers are responsible to provide protection to their families.6 That need seemed
great enough to merit consideration of breaking their covenant.7
Their wise priesthood leader, Helaman, knew that breaking a covenant with the
Lord is never justified. He offered an inspired alternative. He reminded them that
their sons had never been guilty of the same sins and therefore had not needed
to make the same covenant.8 Though the sons were very young, they were
physically strong and, more important, they were virtuous and pure. The sons
were fortified by the faith of their mothers.9 Under the direction of their prophet-
leader, these young men took their fathers’ place in defense of their families and
homes.10
The events surrounding this critical decision demonstrate how the Atonement of
Jesus Christ brings personal strength to the lives of the children of God. Consider
the tender feelings of those fathers. How must they have felt to know that the
rebellious actions of their past prevented them from protecting their wives and
children at that moment of need? Knowing personally of the atrocities their sons
would now face, they must have privately wept. Fathers, not children, are
supposed to protect their families!11 Their sorrows must have been intense.
Why would their inspired priesthood leader fear their consideration to retrieve
their weapons, “lest … they should lose their souls”?12 The Lord has declared,
“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord,
remember them no more.”13 These faithful fathers had long since repented of
their sins and become clean through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, so why were
they counseled not to defend their families?
It is a fundamental truth that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be
cleansed. We can become virtuous and pure. However, sometimes our poor
choices leave us with long-term consequences. One of the vital steps to complete
repentance is to bear the short- and long-term consequences of our past sins.
Their past choices had exposed these Ammonite fathers to a carnal appetite that
could again become a point of vulnerability that Satan would attempt to exploit.
Satan will try to use our memory of any previous guilt to lure us back into his
influence. We must be ever vigilant to avoid his enticements. Such was the case of
the faithful Ammonite fathers. Even after their years of faithful living, it was
imperative for them to protect themselves spiritually from any attraction to the
memory of past sins.
In between the many battles, Captain Moroni directed fortification of the weakest
cities. “He caused that they should build a breastwork of timbers upon the inner
bank of the ditch; and they cast up dirt out of the ditch against the breastwork of
timbers … until they had encircled the city … with a strong wall of timbers and
earth, to an exceeding height.”14 Captain Moroni understood the importance of
fortifying the weak areas to create strength.15
These Ammonite fathers were much the same. They needed taller and wider
fortifications between their faithful lives and the unrighteous behavior of their
past. Their sons, who were blessed with righteous traditions, were not as
vulnerable to the same temptations. They were able to defend their families
faithfully without compromising their spiritual well-being.
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,16 when the Lord speaks of weaknesses, it is always with mercy.17
Undoubtedly, there is some allowance that the Ammonite fathers were taught the
false traditions of their parents, but all of Father in Heaven’s children come to
mortality with the Light of Christ. Regardless of the cause of their sinful deeds,
the effect was the development of a spiritual vulnerability that Satan would
attempt to exploit.
Mercifully, they were taught the gospel, repented, and through the Atonement of
Jesus Christ became spiritually much stronger than Satan’s enticements. It is
likely they had not felt the temptation to return to their brutal past, yet by
following their prophet-leader, they didn’t give Satan the chance to “[cheat] their
souls, and [to lead] them away carefully down to hell.”18 The Savior’s Atonement
not only cleansed them from sin, but because of their obedience to the counsel of
their priesthood leader, the Savior was able to protect them from their
weaknesses and strengthen them. Their humble, lifelong commitment to
forsaking their sins did more to protect their families than anything they could
have done on the battlefield. Their submission did not deprive them of blessings.
It strengthened them and blessed them and blessed future generations.
The end of the story illuminates how the mercy of the Lord made “weak things
become strong.”19 These faithful fathers sent their sons off under the care of
Helaman. Though the sons fought in fierce battles where all received at least
some injury, not one life was lost.20 The young men proved to be a vital boost to
the weary Nephite army. They were faithful and spiritually stronger when they
returned home. Their families were blessed, protected, and strengthened.21 In our
day, countless students of the Book of Mormon have been edified by the example
of these pure and righteous sons.
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.
Each of us must repent of any rebellion. “For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with
the least degree of allowance.”22 He cannot because He knows what it takes to
become like Him.
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.
So how do we build these eternal fortifications? The first step must be sincere,
thorough, and complete repentance. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, each
of us can become clean and the burden of our rebellion will be lifted. Remember,
repentance is not punishment. It is the hope-filled path to a more glorious future.
Father in Heaven has provided us tools that help to build the fortifications
between our vulnerabilities and our faithfulness. Consider the following
suggestions:
 Make covenants and receive ordinances for yourself. Then steadily and
consistently work to provide ordinances in the temple for your own ancestors.
 Share the gospel with nonmember or less-active family members or friends.
Sharing these truths can bring a renewed enthusiasm into your life.
 Serve faithfully in all Church callings, especially home teaching and visiting
teaching assignments. Don’t be just a 15-minutes-a-month home or visiting
teacher. Rather, reach out to each individual member of the family. Get to know
them personally. Be a real friend. Through acts of kindness, show them how very
much you care for each of them.
 Most important, serve the members of your own family. Make the spiritual
development of your spouse and children a very high priority. Be attentive to the
things you can do to help each one. Give freely of your time and attention.
In each of these suggestions, there is a common theme: fill your life with service
to others. As you lose your life in the service of Father in Heaven’s
children,23 Satan’s temptations lose power in your life.
Because your Father in Heaven loves you profoundly, the Atonement of Jesus
Christ makes that strength possible. Isn’t it wonderful? 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. I have felt it, and I testify that it is available to
each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Because of Him
Jesus made it possible for us to overcome sin and death and live with
God again.

He did what no man could ever do. He


conquered death.
Born in the most humble of settings, Jesus became a master teacher, healer,
and minister. But He was so much more than that. As the Son of God, only He
could pay the price of sin and overcome death. He died, but He rose from the
tomb on the third day. The good news of the gospel is that He lives, and
because He lives, we will all live again!

You can honor Jesus Christ by serving others, loving God, and keeping His
commandments. We invite all to celebrate His life and to share His
miraculous story.
Jesus lived to teach us, and He suffered and died to save us from sin and
death. Because of Him we can be forgiven, we can overcome challenges, and
we can live with God again.