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Atonement / Trial quotes from Maxwell and Ballard

These quotes are to go along with Genesis 22.

“In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind
the veil looking upon these dying struggles; . . . His
great heart almost breaking for the love that He had
for His Son. Oh, in that moment when He might have
saved His Son, I thank Him and praise Him that He
did not fail us. . . . I rejoice that He did not interfere,
and that His love for us made it possible for Him to
endure to look upon the sufferings of His Son and give
Him finally to us, our Saviour and our Redeemer.
Without Him, without His sacrifice, we would have
remained, and we would never have come glorified
into His presence. And so this is what it cost, in part,
for our Father in heaven to give the gift of His Son”
(in Melvin J. Ballard . . . Crusader for Righteousness
[1966], 137).

“How can you and I really expect to glide naively
through life, as if to say, Lord, give me experience, but
not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not
betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from
me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what
Thou art! Then let me come and dwell with Thee and
fully share Thy joy!” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1991,
117; or Ensign, May 1991, 88).