Heaven is filled with those who have this in common: they are forgiven and they forgive.

art by Liz Lemon Swindle

There was a woman who reached 18 and, despite having a knowledge of the gospel, did not have a testimony of it.

With permission, I share her experience. “I was working at a summer camp. One night, I got so inebriated that I was unconscious and was sexually assaulted. 

“Two weeks later, to my devastating surprise, I found out I was pregnant. At a point where I had no relationship with Jesus Christ, I had a clear personal revelation that was the start to my journey back to Him. 

“I had many feelings throughout this experience including anger, sadness, and doubt, but through personal prayer, daily studying of the gospel—specifically Christ’s Atonement—and regular meetings with my bishop, those feelings started to turn into gratitude, joy, and hope. 

“I had to rely on my new deep relationship with the Savior to be able to get through the next 9 months.

“The hospital stay was the most profound spiritual experience I have ever had. After signing my relinquishment papers, I felt as if moving my feet to walk her to her new parent’s room down the hall was impossible. 

“Then, I remember having this overwhelming feeling of someone behind me helping me move. A weight of grief was lifted and I knew it was the Savior helping me do what was right us.

“I carried this baby for nine months. And I knew that through it all—but especially here at the end—Christ was carrying me.”

In Zachariah, God says He “will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”

We are never beyond His reach.

We are claimed—we are His.

All we have to do is turn to Him.

He always is there..right where we are.

Ready to carry us.

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