Saturday, September 22, 2018

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on the infinite reach of Christ's Atonement

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (born December 3, 1940) served as Church Commissioner of Education from 1976-1980, as the president of BYU from 1980-1989, as a Seventy from 1989-1994, and as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles since 1994.
"However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.
"Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. 'Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,' (Hebrews 4:16) and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. Come and feast 'without money and without price' (Isaiah 55:1) at the table of the Lord."
- Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Laborers in the Vineyard," General Conference April 2012
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There likely  comes a time in each of our lives when we feel overwhelmed or discouraged by the challenges we face. Sometimes through our own negligence, laziness, or deliberate sinfulness, we postpone change or choice. Elder Holland speaks of past mistakes and missed opportunities that we might regret. And at times we feel that God and even loved ones are far distant. But the apostolic witness is that we can never sink to a spot where the Savior's Atonement can't reach:

I love Elder Holland's testimony and invitation to all, no matter where we stand, to come and allow the blessings of the Savior in our lives as we "feast... at the table of the Lord." Truly there is so much available to us if we only choose to accept, regardless of who we are and where we are in our eternal progress!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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