In my last post, I did not come to a conclusion about Jane. I ended the story with her seeing herself “… as less than the dust of the earth”, as did the King Benjamin’s people. In Jane’s case, this utter sense of hopelessness resulted from a sin she was sure would deny her a chance to be with God in the Celestial Kingdom.
Of course, I was not in a position to forgive her of her sins. That privilege is left to God alone. But as I watched Jane sob uncontrollably, I was blessed with clear view of who she really was.
It was clear to me that she was one of the noble and great ones seen by Abraham as God lifted the veil from his eyes.
I could discern that Jane, in her pre-mortal existence, was a strong advocate for God’s plan and withstood the taunts and jeers of her spiritual siblings who were advocating for Lucifer. In spite of those cruel words spoken to her by those whom she loved, she was valiant in her testimony of the Father’s great plan happiness.
Soon, this brief glimpse of who Jane really was evaporated and I could hear a voice in my mind say: “There is no sin Jane can commit that can keep her from my presence.” I knew at that moment Jane was completely forgiven and clean before God.
I felt impressed to share with her what I had just experienced. The results were astounding.
She was forgiven and she knew it!
And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
This is the glad tidings the angel shared with King Benjamin.
Christ has suffered for all our sin, all of them. He suffered so that we don’t have to. He paid the price in full. There is no need to suffer for sins we have committed.
If you find yourself burdened with hopelessness, seek help. Seek it now. Don’t carry a weight that has already been lifted for you.
The enabling power of the atonement to replace hopelessness with hope is real. I saw it happen right before my eyes when Jane realized that Christ personally suffered for her sins.