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Step 2 Exercise 6: Awake
By GraceConquer
5/7/2014 9:07:22 AM
In what ways am I more aware of Jesus Christ today and his power in my life? I remember when I made the most grevious of my sins the most overwhelming sense that I can't do this without Jesus. I feel that he became very real for me. I have always had a sense that "with enough good deeds and time between my sins, and continuous work I can make it back to heaven". The sad fact and the glorious fact is that this is just not true! Not in the least. The relationship is such that if you went to purchase a lake for millions of dollars and after signing the paper work you recieved a glass of the lake water. It is impossible to compare my power and what I can do in my own life to a life lived in the path with the LORD.

I can still remember my bishop saying when we first started on the journey of repentance... You know it is kinda like when addicts get clean there is no denying or going back on their belief in their "higher power" and in contrast many people in the church are kinda unaware or asleep to this (paraphrasing).

It is indeed another paradox. I realize and believe as a result of my sins and the understanding that it takes total reliance. I have never prayed so often, and it is not as if it is extra to prayer, I pray because it is natural and less work, less fearful, and more envigorating.

Today I am AWAKE to the power of the Lord in my life.

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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