BYU-Pathway Worldwide Devotional
“Grace, a Precious Gift"
In the fifth chapter of Alma, Alma the Younger describes the people of his father’s time after having been baptized:
“Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell, and an everlasting destruction did await them….“And again I ask, were the bonds of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed? I say unto you, Yea, they were loosed, and their souls did expand, and they did sing [the song of] redeeming love. And I say unto you that they are saved."
This does not fully describe the entirety of grace offered us by the Savior. An infinite Atonement is not only eternal — it is all inclusive and complete in helping man to become redeemed.In the October 2019 General Conference, Elder Ulisses Soares taught us the following: “Sometimes solutions to certain challenges come after months and months of continuous effort. The promise found in the Book of Mormon that ‘it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do,’ is applicable in these circumstances. Please remember that the Savior’s gift of grace ‘is not necessarily limited in time to “after” all we can do. We may receive His grace before, during, and after the time when we expend our own efforts.’"
To succor means to provide aid to in time of distress. Certainly, part of this life is to experience difficulty. As God’s children we must face discouragement, disappointment, grief, pain, opposition, and, yes, distress. The Savior has felt it all and, through His grace, has provided us a way to overcome the difficulties of this life. Grace not only provides us with redemption after all we can do, but the help needed to do all we can do. It was never the mission of the Savior to return us to our Heavenly Father in exactly the same state as we left. It is His mission to return us better, stronger, changed having overcome the trials of this life, redeemed, and atoned for.To sing the song of redeeming love is to feel the pure love of Christ — to feel the joy and hope that comes from an expanded soul changed by sincere repentance. Alma describes this feeling as exquisite, sweet joy.
As I prepared for this assignment, I watched the videos describing your experience in BYU-Pathway. Each video contained members’ thoughts about the sense of belonging, the help that each individual receives and is able to give to others. This is what unifies you and allows you to be the instrument of the Savior’s grace as you help others do all they can do. Perhaps this is how we sing the song of redeeming love as we manifest our love for the Savior by helping His children.
Dear brothers and sisters, I testify that Jesus is the Christ. He is our Savior and Redeemer. His grace is infinite — infinite in scope and in duration. It is not only redeeming but enabling. I am so grateful for His grace in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.