Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alma - Chapter 42

There is a sweet simple statement in this Chapter that greatly comforts me.  It regards the Atonement of Christ and says:
"...whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely..."  (Alma 42:27)
What a blessed thought, no one is excluded.  Everyone may exercise his own free will and partake of Exaltation. The Atonement is universal and applies to each and every one of us.  That is, if we choose to let it.  President Boyd K. Packer once said:

"There is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no apostasy, no crime exempted from the promise of complete forgiveness. That is the promise of the atonement of Christ"  
 What a wonderful promise and all we need to do is choose it. In verse 8 of the previous chapter Alma makes the statement and promise even simpler. "Whosoever will may." There are no exemption clauses, no small print, no need of lawyers to interpret and haggle over details. No need of elaborate stipulations. Just a plain simple promise.  

Don't you dare say, "Yea but....."  Unless you want to make excuses for choosing not to come to the waters of life, but why would you?

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