Redemption And A Wooden Cross
As we work with people regarding the forgiveness of their sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, both in the Garden of Gethsemane and culminating on the cross of Calvary, a good many have great difficulty believing that their sins can be forgiven because of the gravity of those sins.
Such was the case of one individual, but through sincere teaching, the constant influence of the Holy Ghost, and fervent prayer, he was granted the gift of being able to forgive himself with his eyes focused on the LORD.
Before we left our previous area in the Caldwell Idaho Stake, he presented us with a plainly wrapped package. The contents revealed his handcrafted wooden cross with the word "Atonement" wood-burned horizontally and the word "Redemption" wood-burned vertically with the letter "E" being the common letter.
Now, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, do not use the cross as a religious symbol because we focus instead on the Risen Christ.
However, in this case, the wooden cross is hung in our living room reminding us daily of the Supreme Sacrifice of God Our Father's only begotten Son as well as an individual privileged to recognize this Sacrifice and experience the inestimable gift of forgiveness.