They say “You can never go back!” While that is generally regarded as a true statement last fall on a Saturday night I experienced something different. I went to bed at about 1:15am. I went soundly to sleep but woke up with a start and looked at my cell phone for the time. It was 1:05am! Wow, I had gone back in time! Well, not really. Daylight savings time had ended and so the time from 1am to 2am was repeated. Wouldn’t it be nice if every time we made a mistake, the clock would turn back and we could live that time all over again!
Well, in a sense, that is what the power of the atonement affords us. We are given the ability to “turn back the hands of time” and erase certain deeds. Deeds that will prevent us from entering into the kingdom of our Father! This is such a wonderful thought, “turning back the hands”, that we should avail ourselves of it. Unlike “Daylight Savings time”, which is automatically applied in our lives, the cleansing of our sins requires that we believe in the saving atonement of our Savior. Then return no more to that sin. There is no more comforting scripture then the recorded words of the Lord found in Isaiah:
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
The comforting words of prophets present combine with those long since departed in testimony of this great atonement.
“…one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, “I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”” ( None Were with Him, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles).
It is my hope that each fall as we “turn back the hands of time” we will reflect upon the knowledge that we can be forgiven of past sins. Our sins can be washed so that they “will be as while as snow”. The clock is eternally ticking. It is up to us to reach out and make the effort to erase some unpleasant actions in our past. I know this is possible, and true.