Thursday, July 27, 2017

President Boyd K. Packer on peace through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ

President Boyd K. Packer (1924-2015) served as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve (a position that no longer exists) from 1961 to 1970, when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.  He served as president of that Quorum from 1994 until his death on July 3, 2015 at age 90.
"The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to those who commit sins either of commission or omission, but they encompass the promise of everlasting peace to all who will accept and follow Him and His teachings. His mercy is the mighty healer, even to the wounded innocent....
"If we are not aware of what the Savior’s sacrifice can do for us, we may go through life carrying regrets that we have done something that was not right or offended someone. The guilt that accompanies mistakes can be washed away. If we seek to understand His Atonement, we will come to a deep reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ, His earthly ministry, and His divine mission as our Savior."
- Boyd K. Packer, "The Reason for Our Hope," General Conference, October 2014; see also Ensign, November 2014, pp. 6-8
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President Packer taught many times during his ministry about the meaning and power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It was a doctrine he had pondered deeply and one he clearly loved. In this excerpt, re reminds us that there is much more to the Atonement of the Savior than just the forgiveness of sins, as important as that aspect is. But the Atonement is also "a mighty healer" for all kinds of wounds, even when the wounded person is innocent of wrong-doing:

The Atonement of the Savior can help us overcome regrets we carry in life and bring us peace. It can wash away the guilt from our mistakes. It will truly bring us a deep and profound reverence and love for the ministry and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without doubt, it is a doctrine that we should study and ponder regularly, and strive to apply daily!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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