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The Power to Become

posted Feb 8, 2016, 11:44 AM by Christine Merrill
I read today in 3 Nephi chapter 10 - one of my long-time favorite scriptures.

4 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.

 5 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.

Every time I read this, I think, "If only I could be like Nephi, and not lose focus, but be unwearying in doing God's will always!" It inspires me to do better. But today, maybe I was a little jaded with realism - I've been working on this for a long time, and haven't exactly matched my vision yet. "Ah, I though, if only I REALLY COULD be like Nephi!"

Came the quiet, inaudible voice, "Actually, you can. That's the power of the Atonement."

The Atonement gives every single one of us power to change. Power to be whatever we choose to become. That is real power.

Each and every one of us is using that power of the Atonement every day, with every choice. We are choosing what we will become. If we want, we have the power to overcome whatever obstacle there is to our perfection. If we want, we have the power to completely reject the God who loves us. Jesus gave us that power, as well. He gave us the power to choose AND the power to get to where ever we choose. He gave us the power to change our minds and come back to Him at any time. I guess we could just call it freedom.