Monday, February 21, 2011

The Corollary to the Parable of the Bicycle - ATONEMENT

 BYU Education Professor Brad Wilcox told a BYU Education Week audience about his follow up to the Parable of the Bicycle.  When he served as a student ward bishop one of his members, Gary (not his real name) scheduled an appointment to confess his sins.  Bishop Wilcox encouraged him to be as complete as he could and he did.  The Bishop forgave him, used the Parable of the Bicycle to illustrate how the Atonement could work in his life if he continued living sin-free and encouraged him to continue attending church.  He did for several weeks--and suddenly disappeared.  

Bishop Wilcox sought him out at his apartment when the young man confessed that he had, “fallen off the bicycle”-- in fact he’d crashed the bicycle beyond repair.  Bishop Wilcox put his arm around him and calling him by name, taught him about forgiveness--the corollary to the Parable of the Bicycle.  “Gary, Heavenly Father loves you so much.  He knows that sometimes you fall off that bike, maybe even crash it--but the good news is he has warehouses full of bicycles he’s anxious to keep on giving you when you honestly repent.” 

Another of Brad's  excellent talks online video:

2 Nephi 25:23 “ is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”


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