“Jesus Christ possessed merits that no other being could possibly have. He was a God, Jehovah, before His birth in Bethlehem. His beloved Father not only gave Him His spirit body, but Jesus was His Only Begotten Son in the flesh. Our Master lived a perfect, sinless life and therefore was free from the demands of justice. He is perfect in every attribute, including love, compassion, patience, obedience, forgiveness, and humility. His mercy pays our debt to justice when we repent and obey Him. Since with even our best efforts to obey His teachings we will still fall short, because of His grace we will be “saved, after all we can do.”
Elder Richard G. Scott, “The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness”, General Conference, October 2006
These messages or daily thoughts are full of one specific theme. “Do what you can, do it often, and the Lord will help and bless you.” We know what we need to do. It’s just a matter of doing it.
Many times, no, most of the time, I take for granted the price that our Savior had to pay for me, for each of us. I don’t appreciate it enough. It’s just a piece of my life because it’s what I’ve always known. I don’t know any different. It’s like the sun rising every day. We just assume it will again because it always has. What if it didn’t rise tomorrow? What would we do?
We had the missionaries over and they brought up a good point about having a testimony versus being converted. I grew up with a testimony. I took it for granted many times. It was very weak at one point in my life but it hung on. Or I hung on to it. But, knowing is not the same thing as doing.
Now, my focus is on truly being converted, on doing what I know I should be doing. And doing it often, even always, if I can.
Conversion is not a singular, one-time event. Rather, it is constantly going on. I am converting, I haven’t been converted…yet. That is past tense and implies that it’s over. It’s not over. It’s a life long process.