A day doesn’t go by where we don’t make any mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life, they’re bound to happen. We have accidents, we sin, we mess up. This is inevitable. In order to get to the Celestial kingdom to live with our Heavenly Father we must be spotless, free of sin. But we know that we will sin at least once in our life, probably many times more. “There’s no hope then,” you might say. But through Christ there is always hope.
The book of 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon talks a lot about the destruction of the people. There are tempests, earthquakes, fires, whirlwinds, physical upheavals, and a darkness that goes on for three days. This is happening as a sign to the people of Christ’s crucifixion. Many people are destroyed, and the people who are still alive cry out in the dark, for they don’t know their fate. This could be the end for them, and those with the knowledge of heaven know that they’ve sinned and that no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God. Some of them could be crying out because they believe they can’t make it to live with God again. Sin is keeping them away from living with our Heavenly Father. As they sit in the darkness and think about this, they could be holding on to their children, trying to protect them from the darkness.
When we are lost in the darkness of sin and temptation Christ is there to hold us and protect us if we let Him. Through His Atonement He paid the price for our sins. In the Garden of Gethsemane Christ suffered for all of our sins, felt every pain and emotion that we would feel, bled from every pore. He wants us to be able to return to live with God, so much that He paid the price of our passage. If we just come unto Him and let Him hold us and help us through our days of darkness we can grow closer to Him and our Heavenly Father.
I’ve definitely had days of darkness in my life, times when I thought I’d never be able to see the light again. I’ve sinned before and thought I wasn’t good enough for Christ’s Atonement or for His and God’s forgiveness. “How could they forgive me when I’ve done something wrong,” I thought. But that’s what Satan wants you to think. He wants you to believe that you are worth nothing and are no longer good enough to be forgiven of your mistakes. This is the lie he tries to make us believe in order to get us to avoid and procrastinate repentance. But Christ and God are always willing to forgive us, we just have to truly repent of our sins. The process may be hard at times, but the slight pain we may feel is a grain of sand compared to the happiness we gain.
Christ is our hope and our salvation. Through Him we are able to have hope in returning to our Heavenly Father. The road is long and hard, but in the end it leads to eternal happiness.
“Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.” 3 Nephi 9:14 (Book of Mormon)
May we come unto Christ and let Him hold us in our days of darkness. We are never alone, especially during our days full of darkness. Christ is always there with His arms protecting us.
This is just my insight. If you want to find out more about Latter-day Saints and what we believe please visit mormon.org or lds.org.