Three Steps to Accessing the Atonement (Mosiah 7:33)

Lately, I’ve been studying the Atonement more. (See here and here). The thing that is interesting to me about studying the Atonement is learning that I need to know more: that it could be a more potent source of power in my life.

This picture really has nothing to do with the post, but it is pretty!!!

This picture really has nothing to do with the post, but it is pretty!!!

Now, I have felt the power of the Atonement in my life. I have felt a change in my heart several times over the years. I have been a recipient of miracles and blessings. I have a testimony in the Savior and the love that He has expressed through the Atonement.

But, I know that there is more and that I need it. Lately, I have become very aware of some of my weaknesses. I know that weakness is not sin, yet it is the same Atonement that will forgive and heal us from our sins and strengthen us in our weakness. I know that I need to learn to access the Atonement in order to become the woman I want to be.

So, I prayed about this…how do I learn to put my burden on the Lord? The Lord implores,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Even though I have done this in the past, I needed to be reminded, How do I do this…how do I come unto Him so that he can make weak things strong for me?

The cool thing about sincere prayer is that it is answered.

So…today, I was reading:

“But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.” – Mosiah 7:33

I mean, in some ways I have already known this, but it is always great to get a reminder, and I’m comforted to know that no matter what our “problems” are, we always access the power and blessings of the Atonement in the same way.

So…here it is: the pattern to accessing the Atonement in our lives:

  1. Turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart – To me, this means prayer, scripture study. It means opening my heart to Him.
  2. Put your trust in Him – I find this interesting. I suppose this is where I really falter. We need to trust in Christ – which means even to trust in Him as we suffer. We need to trust that the difficulties we face are known unto the Lord and that they will help us as we strive to come closer to Him.

    There are times in my life that I’m tempted to counsel the Lord instead of trust Him. It is tempting to want to tell Heavenly Father what I think I need and what I think that He should do. However, according to this scripture, and in order to access the power of the Atonement that I seek, I need to trust Him and I need to realize that He understands where I am, the challenges I’m facing, and how my own weaknesses play a part in all of it. As I struggle to figure out what the Lord wants me to learn, I can trust that indeed He wants me to learn, that I’m simply being “pruned” “refined” or whatever you’d like to say. Though these things are hard, we can trust the Lord all along this process. If we put our trust in Him, and turn to Him, we will be made into better people – which is what I want, anyway…

  3. Serve Him with all diligence mind – This is where I can also take some action. There are times when I feel like I’m not doing enough, not serving enough. Yet, as I read this scripture, I realized that the work I do in my home is one of the greatest acts of service I’ll ever do, and that when I serve my children-through doing the dishes, cooking meals, teaching them, playing with them, bathing them, paying attention to them, driving them to activities, checking homework, the list goes on and on–when I serve my children, it is legitimate service, and that in serving my kids, I’m serving His children, and that this is the way I serve Him.

    I have a feeling that if I’m more mindful of how my daily service to my family is not only part of my duty, but can be consecrated in such a way that it will help me to access the power of the Atonement that I need, then I will be able to see my life change.

When we do these three things: turn to the Lord, put our trust in Him, and serve Him, then we will be delivered out of bondage. This may be physical bondage. Or, perhaps, it is the bondage of our weakness or other difficulties we face in our lives. No matter what kind of difficulty or bondage we feel trapped by, the Lord’s Atonement will help us to overcome it. We simply must access it in the proscribed method.

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How do you find ways to turn to the Lord, put your trust in Him, and serve Him? As you have done these things, how has the power of Christ’s Atonement delivered you from the difficulties you face in your life?

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6 Comments

  1. Stephanie C.

     /  August 5, 2013

    Beautiful post. For me, the “Turn to the Lord with Full Purpose of Heart” is really magnified when I keep a constant prayer in my heart. Not just praying all day, but imagining that my Savior is with me all day, walking with me, watching me, helping me, putting His hand on my shoulder. When a toddler tantrum happens at the grocery store after an already exhausting day, I can whisper under my breath, “Please help me!” And I know that He is there. I’ve been communicating with Him all day, so the connection feels stronger.

    Thanks for the reminder about our service. Somedays it doesn’t feel like service, but it’s actually the best thing we can give.

    Reply
    • Thanks Stephanie. I totally agree with your point, and I’m glad that you mentioned it. I tend to do a similar thing, and sometimes I feel like it isn’t “really praying” because I’m not on my knees, bowing, etc. But, the dialogue tends to go on all day long, as you mentioned, and I’ve also found that when I have a prayer in my heart all day, I can feel my connection with him stronger.

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  2. Greg

     /  April 27, 2016

    Have you found any other resources that have helped you in accessing the atonement?

    Reply
    • Thanks for this provocative question, Greg.

      Have I found any other resources helping in accessing the Atonement – Well, sure. I haven’t listed them, but I think that accessing the Atonement is the search I have every day.

      With that said: I feel that the best resources for accessing the Atonement include:
      – Scriptures – the Lord speaks to me through them!
      – Meditation and Prayer
      – Making AND KEEPING covenants
      – Sabbath Day Worship
      – Temple Attendance
      – Serving Others
      – Following the Promptings of the Holy Spirit.

      Those name a few. It seems like when I participate in any of these things, if my heart is open, then I will learn more about the Atonement and feel its effects in my life.

      How about you?

      Reply
  3. Brianne

     /  September 25, 2016

    I just found this post & wanted to thank you for sharing it. So often I know the atonement is available but am unsure of how to tap into its power on a daily basis. These are wonderful ideas. Thank you, you helped me.

    Reply

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