Without the gospel, we cannot receive the Lord's blessings. With the help of the atonement, those blessings are open to us and we are able to see them in our lives. One of the main things that drives me to repent, aside from wanting to be like Heavenly Father, are blessings. I know that the longer I put off repenting, the more blessings I'm missing out on. During the October 2016 General Conference, Brian K. Ashton gave a talk called "The Doctrine of Christ". During it he said "the doctrine of Christ… is the means—the only means—by which we can obtain all the blessings made available to us through Jesus’s Atonement. It is the doctrine of Christ that allows us to access the spiritual power that will lift us from our current spiritual state to a state where we can become perfected like the Savior." The doctrine helps lift us up and helps us become better people. There are five elements to the doctrine of Christ. These are:
- Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
- Baptism and the sacrament.
- The gift of the Holy Ghost.
- Enduring to the end.
"So how can we apply the doctrine of Christ more fully in our lives? One way would be to make a conscious effort each week to prepare for the sacrament by taking some time to prayerfully consider where we most need to improve. We could then bring a sacrifice of at least one thing that keeps us from being like Jesus Christ to the sacrament altar, pleading in faith for help, asking for necessary spiritual gifts, and covenanting to improve during the coming week. As we do so, the Holy Ghost will come into our lives to a greater degree, and we will have additional strength to overcome our imperfections."
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