General Conference thoughts: The Atonement of Jesus Christ

Ever since I was little I was fascinated by drums.  I loved the beat and sound and since it was expected I’d be in band in school I naturally chose to be a percussionist.  For some reason, I thought all I had to do was want to be a drummer. 

My paternal grandpa and uncle were both drummers so my dad had hopes and expectations of my desire.  At a great cost, he purchased a drum set for me.  The trouble is, I thought I was a drummer but I never practiced at becoming one.  In short, I was a terrible percussionist.  The band teacher yelled at me during class for not being able to keep the beat.  Band class became a drudgery.  In the middle of my junior year I convinced my mom I needed to quit.  I ended up selling my drum set and bought a leather jacket with the money.

I had received this great gift from my father.  A gift he sacrificed to give me because he saw potential.  But I did not apply myself to fully receiving the gift.  I took it for granted.  The potential that may have been there was never met.

For me, this has always been an analogy of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  A great sacrifice has been made in my behalf.  Will I utilize it and accept it fully or take it for granted and sell it for naught?

The choice is up to me.

The Atonement of Jesus Christ

by Tad R. Callister

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