Sunday, August 30, 2015

Alma 7:7 -- On the Importance of Christ

"For behold, I say unto you there be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all—for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people."
Alma 7:7

This is a good thing to remember.  Just as Christ's life and his visit was the most important thing in the collective future for Alma and his people, so it is the most important thing in our collective past. Christ's atonement affects each of us on a deep, personal level, making repentance and self-improvement possible on a scale and to such an extent that we need never feel lost or alone or rejected or hopeless, if we turn to him.  And his gospel and his resurrection and new life give us a way to live happier, fuller lives both now and in eternity.
As we go throughout our days and deal with the complexities and intrigues of our lives, let's remember the importance of Christ, and how much he has done for us.  Let's stop today and thank God for the gift of his son, and let's take advantage of the opportunities that he has granted us to repent and change and become more than we are.  Let's make sure we're striving to live in a way that allows us to return to God's presence.

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