Unto None Else

Reading: 2 Nephi 2:7, “The Path to Peace and Joy,” Richard G. Scott, Ensign, Nov 200

Yesterday I talked about how the Savior made salvation possible through his sacrifice.  Today I am going to talk about the requirements for us to qualify for that salvation.  The requirement, as presented in 2 Nephi, is actually quite simple.  Verse 7 states:

Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

The requirements are “a broken heart and a contrite spirit.”  In the Mormon church, we use the term repentance to describe this state of being.  However, as you explore what a broken heart really must be like, you realize that it requires a great deal from you.

Richard G. Scott’s talk “The Path to Peace and Joy” is a beautiful summary of the process of repentance, and how to go about doing it.  True repentance requires us to change our very being so that not only do we no longer break the laws of God, but we also no longer desire to break them. It is an internal, deep process that we will be doing for our whole lives.

Repentance, although it is hard, is a great gift.  If it were not for the Savior we would never have the chance to improve ourselves because we would be subject to condemnation after the first law we broke.  Through the Atonement, however, we are allowed to be human, to make mistakes, and to then repent of those mistakes.  Through the Atonement, we are not asked to be perfectly obedient (which is what the law alone requires) but rather we are asked to be working, with all our hearts, towards perfect obedience.

In my life I can think back to mistakes I have made, and I am very, very grateful for the opportunity to repent of those mistakes.  My life is so much better for that reason alone.

Today I am going to get out The Miracle of Forgiveness and look at it as Elder Scott recommended in his talk.  Reading the whole book would be too big of a task for me to promise to do in a post, because I try to keep these tasks to small things I can do the day I write them.  However, I will look through it and definitely think about reading it.

How would your life be different if you never had the opportunity to mend past mistakes and improver yourself?

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