Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

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Torn Apart

Come Follow Me - The Atonement

My neighbor shared a story in Sunday School that left a visual image in my mind I won't forget.

He was sitting in Sacrament Meeting next to his young son.  As he prepared himself for the Sacrament he opened up the Doctrine and Covenants to section 20 so he could study the Sacrament prayers as he was pondering.

Suddenly his young son reached out his hand and grabbed the thin paper, ripping the page right out of his scriptures.

He came home and carefully taped the page back into place.

Then he shared the image I won't ever forget.

Every time he looks at that page in his scriptures he is reminded that the times when we feel torn apart are the times we need the atonement the most.

My heart understood that sentiment immediately.

"And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind;

and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people;

and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

Now the Spirit knoweth all things;

nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance;

and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me."

(Alma 7:11-13)

Deliberate Discipleship:

The young women's lesson on Atonement lists several scriptures that help us understand the power of the Atonement during times of adversity.  The references are below, or you can click here to be directed to the page.

Matthew 11:28-30

Philippians 4:13

1 Nephi 17:3

Helaman 5:12

D&C 68:6

Mosiah 23:21-22

Mosiah 24:8-17

Alma 7:11-13