Elder Allen D. Haynie of the Seventy used an experience from his childhood to explain the value of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Elder Haynie spoke in the Sunday afternoon session of the October 2015 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He shared an experience he had as a child digging a hole in his neighborhood. After digging the hole and filling it with water he decided to go home, but was met at the front door by his grandmother, who prevented him from entering her newly cleaned home.
The young Elder Haynie asked his grandmother what he must do to enter into the house and subsequently, she began to hose him off in the backyard of the home.
He related his experience with his grandmother to the scripture found in 3 Nephi 27:19, which states “And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom.”
“Being denied the opportunity to return and be with the Father in Heaven because of the choice to remain in, or dirtied, by a mud hole of sin would be eternally tragic.”
Elder Haynie explained that Heavenly Father knew all of his children would commit sin and that they would not be able to return to his presence if they were not clean from those sins.
Because Heavenly Father loves his children, he sent a Savior to provide a way for his children to return to him, Elder Haynie explained.
“He invites us to become clean so his children are not left outside of their Father in Heaven’s house.”
According to Elder Haynie, avoidance of sin is the preferred pattern in life, but the Atonement of Jesus Christ provides a way out of the pit of sins that Heavenly Father’s children find themselves in.
“That is was really matters and what should give all of us renewed hope and a determination to try one more time, because he has not forgotten us.”
Elder Haynie then went on to testify of repentance and how necessary it is in the lives of Heavenly Father’s children.