Latter-day Saint Life

What a Story About Forgiving a Bishop Teaches About the Power of the Atonement


When Elder L. Todd Budge was serving as a mission president in Japan, a man called him to ask for permission to baptize his mother in his ward instead of her ward. 

This man had been holding a grudge against his mother’s bishop and said he could never forgive him for something he had done.

“When I heard those words, ‘I will never forgive him,’ my concern shifted from his mother’s salvation to his,” recalled Elder Budge, who is now a General Authority Seventy. 

Elder Budge said he shared Doctrine & Covenants 64:9-10 with this man and invited him to pray and think about his request. The man called back a few days later. 

Story by Sydney Walker, Church News; photo credit Monique Saenz, retrieved from Church News
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