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

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Enabling Power, General Authorities, Grace, Maxwell


Grace is the great compensating gift that makes up for the difference between what we are able to do and what is necessary for us to succeed in this life and to be exalted in the life to come.

I have written that Grace is another word for the Atonement.  Frequently, but not always, Grace refers to the enabling power of the Atonement.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell describes the operation of this enabling power with great beauty:

“We can contemplate how far we have already come in the climb along the pathway to perfection; it is usually much further than we acknowledge, and such reflections restore resolve. . . . We can know that when we have truly given what we have, it is like paying a full tithe; it is, in that respect, all that was asked. . . . Finally, we can accept this stunning, irrevocable truth: Our Lord can lift us from deep despair and cradle us midst any care. . . . This is a gospel of grand expectations, but God’s grace is sufficient for each of us if we remember that there are no instant Christians”

Notwithstanding My Weakness, pp. 9-11, (Deseret Book, 1991) emphasis in original

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

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