The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the heart and core and center of revealed religion.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

My parents did not have the riches of the world, nor did they have silver or gold.  Nine of us grew up in a two-bedroom, one-bath home with an enclosed back porch where my sisters slept.  When my parents passed away, my brothers and sisters and I gathered to divide their earthly possessions.  The list of worldly possessions was very short.  My mother left a few well-pressed dresses, some used furniture, and a few other personal items.  My father left some carpenter tools, some old hunting rifles, and little else.  The only things of any monetary value were a modest home and a small savings account.

Together we wept openly, giving thanks, knowing they had left us something much more precious than silver or gold.  They had given us their love and their time.  They had often born testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, which we can now read in their precious journals.

Not so much by words, but more by example, they had taught us to work hard and be honest.  They had also engendered a desire in us to further our education, serve a mission, and most importantly to find an eternal companion, to be married in the temple, and endure to the end.

Truly they left us a legacy of a good name for which we will ever be grateful.

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Our Lord and Savior invites us on a daily basis to cleanse our names and return to His presence.  His encouragement is full of love and tenderness. Envision with me the Savior’s embrace as I read His words:  “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?”

Today I would like to extend the same challenge to each one of us that my “goodly parents” who will be forever remembered because of their good names, extended to me.  Before you act, picture the Savior standing at your side and ask yourself, “Would you think it, say it, or do it, knowing He is there?”  For surely He is there.

Elder Mervyn B. Arnold
What Have You Done With My Name?
Sunday Afternoon Session, General Conference, October, 2010

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