Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called the “Mormon Church.”  As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple Mormon religion classes.

Some of these students have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.

Open Arms

3 Nephi 19:14 states, “Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive.”

Jesus ChristChrist is an essential part of God’s plan because he provides the way for us to return to live with our Father in Heaven. Christ died for all the people on earth, and he atoned for the sins of all mankind. Through the Atonement, he provided the way to eternal life, which is the greatest gift we can receive from God.

What a comfort it is to know that Christ has his arms open and extended to all people who will come unto him. He is patiently waiting, with his arm of mercy extended toward us, for us to accept him. Christ is merciful to everyone who comes to him and follows his example.  He will never turn his back to anyone. There is no cut off or limit to the amount of people that can be saved through Christ because the plan is that we all make it back to God, together.

I have a testimony of the Savior and his open arms towards all people because as I have turned to him and let him receive me.  I have been able to move forward spiritually, intellectually, and physically at a rate I know I could not do without the aid and love from my Savior. Those that come to Christ truly are blessed because he is the one and only way we can receive eternal life. We must draw to Christ, and partake of his mercy through the Atonement so that we can live with God again.

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