Encouraging words
By rachp
5/4/2011 8:01:28 AM
Doctrine and Covenants 84:49 — And the whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:50 — And by this you may know they are under the bondage of sin, because they come not unto me.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:51 — For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin.

A thought from Easter and of encouragement

After the two speakers spoke beautifully on the atonement and resurrection, my Bishop spoke a few words and he ended with this statement. He asked us to turn to DC 84:49-51 which states:

And the whole aworld lieth in sin, and groaneth underbdarkness and under the cbondage of sin.

And by this you may know they are under the abondage of sin,because they come not unto me.

For whoso cometh not unto me is under the abondage of sin.

Then he followed with this statement, I understand it is difficult to come to a Bishop to talk about the misdeeds you have done in your life. It's hard. Many think we're good friends, I don't want him to know, what will he think of me now? As a Bishop, I will not think less of you if you come to speak with me. I will think more of you for having the strength and courage to humble yourself to lay your burdens at the Savior's feet. Our Savior did not come here to judge us, He came to love and teach us. The same I come to do, to love and teach you. Each time I meet with someone, it is an uplifting experience for both of us. Notice I did not say easy. Uplifting!

INCREDIBLE words of encouragement!


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" Is it possible to reclaim a life that through reckless abandon has become so strewn with garbage that it appears that the person is unforgivable? Or what about the one who is making an honest effort but has fallen back into sin so many times that he feels that there is no possible way to break the seemingly endless pattern? Or what about the person who has changed his life but just can't forgive himself?The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever. "

— Shayne M. Bowen

General Conference October 2006