Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

The Key

On Thursday Megan's good friend lost the key to his truck somewhere at school. They searched everywhere and couldn't find it.

Since the friend had bought the truck from us he called to see if by chance we had a spare.

Greg couldn't find one anywhere.

So the truck sat at the high school all day Thursday, all day Friday, and all day Saturday.

On Saturday I was telling Greg and Garett how sad it was over lunch.  It would cost $350.00 to rekey the truck.  Since Nate couldn't get the truck home he had to worry about it being towed and impounded.  It was not a happy situation.

Garett listened until I was done telling the story and then he said, "I am about to be Nate's blessing."

He went up into Greg's office and found a set of keys Greg didn't know about.

We drove down to the high school and sure enough they worked.

Nate was so happy when we delivered the truck and keys to his home.

Sometimes we take for granted how important keys can be.

Without them it is hard to get home.

I am reminded of one of my favorite Hymns about the Atonement, There Is A Green Hill Far Away.

"There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin, He only could unlock the gates of Heav'n and let us in."

Elder Packer explained, "An atonement was made. Ever and always it offers amnesty from transgression and from death if we will but repent. Repentance is the escape clause in it all. Repentance is the key with which we can unlock the prison from inside. We hold that key within our hands, and agency is ours to use it."

It is a powerful key.

It is the way we will get back home.

Deliberate Discipleship:

One of my most favorite quotes on the Atonement was given by Bruce Hafen.  "A sense of falling short or falling down is not only natural, but essential to the mortal experience. But, after all we can do, the Atonement can fill that which is empty, straighten our bent parts, and make strong that which is weak."

This quote has been one of the biggest keys to helping me understand the Atonement.  It comes from this talk, Beauty for Ashes.  Perhaps you could find some time today to study it.