Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Infinite Atonement

I have felt a strong urge over the past few weeks to study the gospel more.  Reading my scriptures was never something that was so easy for me, but recently, I feel like I can't get enough of it.  Not only does it bring the spirit to my heart, making me feel more at peace with everything, but I really do see the Plan of Salvation in everything and it makes me more hopeful that I will see Joshua again.

I have started reading this book as part of my study: The Infinite Atonement, by Tad R. Callister. I am so excited to dive deeper into this vital doctrine.  As I was reading the first few chapters of this book, I was struck by one of his paragraphs: "Every attempt to reflect upon the Atonement, to study it, to embrace it, to express appreciation for it, however small or feeble it may be, will kindle the fires of faith and work its miracle towards a more Christlike life.  It is an inescapable consequence of so doing.  We become like those things we habitually love and admire.  And thus, as we study Christ's life and live his teachings, we become more like him."

I am so excited to come closer to Christ by increasing my study of the Atonement.  I know that I need to keep living my life as faithful as I can so I can live with my Joshua again.

What are some of the ways you study the gospel, or get closer to your God?  Do you have a favorite scripture or book that you return to a lot?


  1. Stephanie, you are so amazing! Thank you for your sweet testimony. You and Tim are such wonderful examples to me. Thanks for sharing your light with me and others. :)

  2. Stephanie, I love that quote from Elder Callister- so powerful! It reminds me of how the Lord sees our efforts, no matter how small. When we simply express a desire to be closer to him, or to understand the Atonement better, He hears us and will bless us. Thank you for your testimony! I love you!

  3. Stephanie- I love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing your insights and testimony. What a wonderful example you are to me!

    I enjoy reading the conference Ensign from last conference. I have found it to be a nice companion to my scripture study. Often it's hard for me to read just scriptures for a long time, but I can read several conference talks in a row and it is very uplifting to me. Often what I read in a talk will send me to specific scriptures seeking additional understanding.

    Love you!


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Joshua Kent Ipson was born December 1, 2012 with a very complicated combination of congenital heart defects. After 2 1/2 months of fighting for his life, he passed away on February 13, 2013. We invite you to share our experiences as we grieve his loss, rejoice in God's plan, & keep Joshua's message of hope alive.
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