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The Continuous Atonement and a Life of Recovery
By Iamstrong
11/21/2012 12:35:03 PM
I haven't posted on this site in a long time. I believe it's been about 6 months. But I have just been called to serve a mission. It was a long, painful road of repentance but it is also the the most hopeful road. And I'm still on that path. Because the road of repentance leads to God.

I had a huge change of heart. I stopped seeing this repentance as a punishment or something I had to get through. I read an article and the General Young Women's President said "Repentance is not a bad thing. It's a beautiful thing."

I had spent my whole life trying to avoid repentance. As if I ever could. When I accepted repentance and decided to live my life in constant repentance. When I decided to not get through recovery but live in recovery, my world changed.

When I realized that I don't have to earn grace. I was not only saved by grace but changed by grace. It is amazing what the Gospel can do for your life.

Because righteousness doesn't earn us repentance. Repentance grants us righteousness.

And the sad truth of the world is that we are not perfect. We sin, we break, we struggle.
But the good news of the Gospel is that we don't have to be perfect. Because we have a Savior Jesus Christ!

I just wanted to share my testimony that I know that God is my Father. That He loves me and sent His Son to live, serve, suffer, die, and rise again so that I could return to the presence of God. I know that we are saved, not by the fact that we haven't relapsed, but by the grace of God. And that that grace can change us. The Holy Spirit can transform us. We are made new in Christ. Not fixed, or refurbished, or preowned. Completely new. I know that God is an ever present Father. And that He still teaches us through prayer, scripture study, prophets, and the Church. I know that things constantly change but He never does. That I may be an addict, a recovered addict, a missionary, a student, a girlfriend at different stages of my life. But that God is always love. And therefore I am always loved. I know that following Christ leads us on a path of trials, suffering, and pain. But that it also leads us on a path of triumph. And I leave this testimony with you.

Amen.

Comments:

w00t!    
"Congrats on your mission call:)"
posted at 12:44:03 on November 21, 2012 by Anonymous
Greaaaat    
"Thats fantastic im very happy for you
Enjoy your mission"
posted at 14:58:00 on November 21, 2012 by Mike81


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"You lived with your Heavenly Father in a premortal life. You were there with Him. Your spirit knows what it is like to live in celestial realms. You can never be truly happy in an uncelestial environment. You know too much. That is one of the reasons that for you, wickedness never can be happiness. What a great thing it is to decide once and for all early in life what you will do and what you will not do with regards to honesty, modesty, chastity, the Word of Wisdom, and temple marriage. "

— Larry W. Gibbons

General Conference October 2006