Rubik’s Life Lessons IV: You Can Always Be Solved

Lesson Four

No matter how mixed up you are, you can always be solved. That is the beauty of Christ’s Atonement. No stain is too deep to wash clean. No wound is too severe to heal. No soul too miserable to be comforted. Through Jesus Christ, the colors can always be matched up again.

In the Book of Mormon, we read of the wise counsel of a loving father to his two sons.

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.(Helaman 5:12)

He tells his sons that if they build the foundation of their faith upon Jesus Christ, the devil will have no power over them to bring them down to misery. Helaman, the name of this father, also says that this will happen when the devil will send his storm upon us. It’s not a matter of if. We will face adversity and trials in this life. Our ‘cube’ is going to get mixed up time and time again, but by relying on Christ and standing upon the rock of His atoning sacrifice we will not be brought down into the crashing waves.

Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father. He is the Way to the Father, the Messenger for the Father, and He will plead for us when we stand before the judgment bar of God, if we have had faith on Him and used His atonement.

Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him—

Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;

Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life(Doctrine and Covenants 45:3-5)

If we repent and forsake our sins, our Heavenly Father will forgive us, and we will someday enter into His kingdom and live with Him again eternally. I know this to be true, and I know it’s only possible through our Savior Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter how mixed up you think you are. Come unto Him and you can be solved, you can be healed and forgiven.

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Erasers and Jesus Christ

If you’re an artist that’s into drawing, you know what a kneaded eraser is. They’re a lot of fun and can help make some really cool art if you know how to use them. Personally, I’m more into inking, so I honestly can’t say that I’ve mastered the use of these erasers, but they’re still fun. Kneaded erasers are unique in that they are self-cleaning. When it gets dirtied up with graphite, all you have to do to clean it is stretch it and pull it apart, then knead it back together. In my art classes I probably used them more for making fun little sculptures than actual erasers.

Now, what does this have to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Good question, and the answer is easy. The fact is, we’re all a bunch of kneaded erasers. We come into this life brand new. As a baby, we’re pure, innocent, undefiled, just waiting to be molded into something. As we take our journey through life, we get dirtied up. Sins and other mistakes start to darken our once bright countenance.

We can never once again be perfect, at least in this life, but we can certainly clean ourselves up. Just like the eraser can clean itself, we have been given the power and agency to choose to repent of our sins. Jesus Christ and His Atonement are the hands that can knead us, cleansing us from our sin. It’s often not an easy process, and it’s not in an instant. We’ll need to stretch ourselves. Sometimes we may even become torn. Torn between choices, torn away from desires, friends, or family. Torn within ourselves. But Jesus Christ always puts us back together, and we come out clean once again.

Just like the eraser, we will inevitably become soiled and darkened again. But repentance through Christ’s Atonement is always available for us to become clean again as well. I know this to be true. I know the Atonement of Jesus Christ can clean us of all sin and heal us of all damage from them.