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The Atonement in Everyday Life
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Marcia Day
Marcia lives in Draper, Utah with her husband and their five children. She is a stay-at-home mom and loves being with her family.  
By Marcia Day
Published on 06/21/2012
 
I have had many challenges in my life lately, many of which are out of my control. After much searching and prayer I have discovered that the Atonement of Jesus Christ has helped me be able to overcome and deal with the difficulties in my life and be happy again.

I have recently experienced many challenges in my life.  Things have not gone well and I have felt very overwhelmed and discouraged about many areas of my life.  The most difficult part of the problem is that I don't have a lot of control over the things in my life that have caused me to suffer.  I am of the mind set that if there is a problem, find a solution to the problem and then move on.  The only solution that I have come up with is to grin and bear it and take things one day at a time.  Hopefully with time things will get better.

There is another solution, however, that I have discovered after much searching and praying.  The Atonement of Jesus Christ exists not just for a remission of our sins, but to take away all our pains and sufferings. 

In Matthew 11:28-30 it reads, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are 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." 

In the Book of Mormon in Alma 7:11-12 it tell us more about Christ.  "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." 

Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles of the LDS Church said, "The Savior has suffered not just for our iniquities but also for the inequality, the unfairness, the pain, the anguish, and the emotional distress that so frequently beset us.  There is no physical pain, no anguish of soul, no suffering of spirit, no infirmity or weakness that you or I ever experience during our mortal journey that the Savior did not experience first.  You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, "No one understands.  No one knows."  No human being, perhaps, knows.  But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burdens before we ever did.  And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life.  He can reach out, touch, succor - literally run to us - and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying upon only our own power."

I have found this to be true.  As I have prayed and sought the healing power of the Savior through His atonement, my burdens have seemed lighter and I have felt much more at peace.  I have felt that He has taken away much of my suffering and He has been there to help me cope and deal with the things that I don't have any control of.  I have been much happier and have felt that truly He has been there for me.