June 5, 2017
As many of you might be aware, I was just transferred into a YSA Stake. It’s very interesting. The leaders we work with are experts in smart phones, which is not normally something we have. I mean, we can throw out a name, and somebody will track that person down pretty quickly and accurately within moments. It’s crazy. Also, we work with a lot of RM’s [Editor’s Note: short for Returned Missionary]. So, everybody knows how missionary work works. But most YSA’s are gone during the day, so we can only catch them in the afternoon.
Our area also covers a family stake (that’s right 2 stakes, 14 wards!!!), so we have all of our bases covered.
I’ve also been trying to answer a question every week. The question for this week is: “Why do we need a Savior? How can someone else pay for our sins?”
This is a huge question, and honestly the answer is not completely straightforward. Nobody can really answer this question for anybody else. Everybody has to understand personally the role of Jesus Christ as the savior and redeemer.
The part of this question stands out to me is—How can somebody else pay for our sins?
To answer the question, I must also ask the opposite—How could anybody pay for their own sins?
When you come to understand how detrimental and fatalistic sins actually are, you come to realize how much help you actually need. Sin in any degree separates us from the presence of God, our Heavenly Father. Sin is separation from God, often called the second death or hell. It is an offense to God, and His eternal judgement declares that in order for anybody who has made such an offense to come back into his presence, one must pay a price for these sins. We do not fully understand what that price is but we know there is a unavoidable consequence that must be paid.
We cannot pay the price ourselves. It is simply outside of our reach because we are all flawed, because we are all imperfect. But Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. He was perfect, he is perfect. Only he was completely free from sin, only he could pay that price for sin. Jesus Christ choose to pay every price, for every sin. He was inflicted with every punishment, every pain, affliction, torment, and infirmity, for every person.
This is The Atonement of Jesus Christ. And because Jesus did this, because he suffered for our sins, our Heavenly Father gave Jesus Christ the power and authority to forgive sins. Only Jesus Christ has that authority, only Jesus Christ can forgive sins that separate us from God. And Jesus has said that he will forgive sins upon the conditions of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: which is to have faith in Jesus, repent (or stop doing our sins), be baptized (or partake of the sacrament for those already baptized), receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End.
Because we have a savior, the condition for salvation is no longer perfection (which is simply impossible); it is instead improvement (which can be accomplished by every single person on this world).
But like I said I’ll never be able to fully answer this question. But God can, and is eager to point all his children to the salvation of Christ.
So here are my recommendations for how one can get a fuller answer to this question.
– Read the Book of Mormon, everyday, looking for the answer to this question. I can’t stress this enough, I have been doing this for about half a year now and it has been amazing the answer I have received. (See “the power of the Book of Mormon” Thomas S. Monson, general Conference April 2017)
– Pray and Ask God for the answer to the question.
– Visit https://www.mormon.org/beliefs/jesus-christ for a more complete (and more simple overview on why we need Jesus Christ)
– Watch the video “The Mediator” (can’t find a link help please mom).
– Read D&C 19, it’s a overview of this subject, but it comes straight from the Lord.
– Read Preach my Gospel Chapter 3, Lesson 3: It explains the Gospel of Jesus Christ in straightforward terms.
– Record any promptings or answers to your questions. (Seriously do this)
I hope I helped answer this question.
Regards from Elder Brown.