Sometimes I have to remind myself to stop and take a breath. To become aware and absorb the whole scene around me and not hyper-focus on one or two tiny details. The details can be amazing but to get a bigger perspective is helpful, too.
Because I can’t think of “the atonement” without thinking deeply about Jesus Christ and what a great sacrifice he made for us, and the example of obedience he lived for us, I have had some difficulty understanding or absorbing parts of President Russel M. Nelson’s talk from the April 2017 LDS General Conference. It is unfathomable to me to think that anyone could separate the event from The Redeemer.
Anyway, because of my challenge wrapping my brain around such a concept, it made it hard for me to absorb the rest of Elder Nelson’s message. It finally started to sink in today, after reading/listening to it for the fourth time. Now I love it! But boy, did Satan work overtime trying to keep me distracted from the message here. I think that going to the temple yesterday helped put me into a more teachable frame of mind, rather than “having ears to hear, but hear not.” (Jeremiah 5:21)
“When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him—when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life—you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do.”