The Savior’s power is eternal. It is also close by.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is a topic that always feels big—probably because it is big (see Alma 34:8–10). The Savior overcame sin and death for all of God’s children who have ever lived or will ever live. It is the central, indispensable act of Heavenly Father’s plan for us to return to Him after this life. It is universal and eternal. It is, in fact, big.
But the Atonement isn’t just some huge incomprehensible thing that’s out there. It was wrought by a personal being, a Savior who loves you, whose power is close by and personal. His Atonement is both infinite and intimate.
We experience the power of the Savior’s Atonement individually and privately. And the gift of that power (often called grace) doesn’t just help us become resurrected and exalted after this life; it’s also there to help us now in simple but profound ways (see Alma 7:11–13).
Here are a few examples of how the enabling power of the Savior’s Atonement might help you from day to day with strength beyond your own.
He Is There for Us
“Because of His Atonement, the Savior has the power to succor—to help—every mortal pain and affliction. Sometimes His power heals an infirmity, but the scriptures and our experiences teach that sometimes He succors or helps by giving us the strength or patience to endure our infirmities. …
“… Our Savior’s Atonement … provides the opportunity to call upon Him who has experienced all of our mortal infirmities to give us the strength to bear the burdens of mortality. He knows of our anguish, and He is there for us.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Ensign, Nov. 2015, 62, 64.
When you’ve been betrayed
A young woman learned that a friend had stolen from her, lied about it, and then spread nasty rumors about her. She was upset for a long time but continued praying to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ for solutions. Part of the answer to her prayers was love and forgiveness in her heart. This gift helped her heal.
When everything’s going wrong
For one young man, it was a horrible month. His parents’ separation had led to heartache at home, trouble at school, and awkwardness and embarrassment almost everywhere else. He felt sad, anxious, and stressed. He still went to church, read the scriptures, and prayed, but he wondered if relief would ever come. One Sunday at church, he thought about the Savior and how He had suffered for us. He noticed that he was able to feel something good. He knew then that although things would still be hard, the Savior’s Atonement could bring him peace so that he could move forward.
When you lack motivation
A young man knew he needed to do his scripture reading for seminary, but he just wasn’t feeling it. Whenever he would sit down to read, it seemed like his mind would wander to something more exciting or interesting he could be doing. He wondered how he could be motivated. As he pondered and prayed in his heart about it, he tried to keep reading. Then some words on the page seemed to jump out at him. He was interested in what they meant. He felt an increasing desire to know more and study deeper, and he recognized that this growing desire was a gift from heaven.
When you’re about to snap
Babysitting her little brother was never her favorite thing, but one night a young woman had just about had it. Every time he whined or misbehaved, she felt her annoyance level steadily rise. Her prayers, muttered under her breath all evening, pled for patience. Then it struck her that she didn’t really mean it. So she stopped and offered a fervent, silent prayer to Heavenly Father for patience with her little brother. She then turned and looked at him and felt an unmistakable sense of who he was and what he really needed. Not only had the Savior granted her patience, but she had also been given a glimpse of her brother that increased her compassion and empathy.
When you feel like it’s too hard to go on
A young woman was tired of her friends’ ridicule of her beliefs. She was tired of standing up for the Church, for Joseph Smith, for the Book of Mormon, for marriage and family. She was especially tired of defending things she herself didn’t completely understand. She didn’t know if she could keep doing it, and she shared her feelings with Heavenly Father in prayer, pleading for her burden to be lifted. What she then felt—and continued to feel for a long time afterward—was an infusion of strength and faith. With these gifts, she was able to stand firm, even when she had to stand alone.
How have you been strengthened?
Think about a time when you have been helped and strengthened through the Savior’s Atonement. Share your experience below.