Gratitude for the Atonement

Reading: 2 Nephi 9

Continuing my theme this week of reading about the atonement, this morning I chose to read 2 Nephi 9.  This chapter is part of Jacob’s address to the Nephites that Nephi chose to copy into his record.  2 Nephi 9 is an especially beautiful account of the plan of salvation, the greatness of God, the Atonement, and our own need for repentance.

One thing that especially struck me as I read this chapter was how often Jacob specifically points out the greatness of God that he would provide the Atonement for us.  He usually says something like:

O the greatness of the mercy of our God, the Holy One of Israel: For he delivereth his saints from that awful monster the devilo, and death, and hell, and that lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.

2 Nephi 9:20

After I read the chapter the first time I skimmed through and counted 15 times Jacob specifically talks about the greatness of God.

One thing the scriptures make clear is that without the Atonement we would all be damned, in the real sense of the word.  We would be miserable and lost for the rest of eternity.  Through the Atonement, we are able to be resurrected and we are able to repent and be saved from our sins.  When we really understand this, surely we must be greatful to the Savior for the incredible service he has done for us, underserving as we are.

Today is going to be a very busy day.  In the morning I need to do a ton of packing and cleaning, and then in the afternoon we will be driving for six hours to visit family for the weekend.  Usually days like this are pretty stressful for me.  So, today, when I start to get stressed out I’m going to try and stop and think about bigger things, about how blessed I am by the Savior’s gift of the Atonement, and see if it doesn’t help me be just a little bit less stressed out.

Do you know of any other scriptures or stories that help us see how greatful we should be for the Savior and the Atonement?  Have you been able to use this knowledge to help you deal with any real life problems?

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