Monday is our preparation day, meaning that we can take care of everything that needs to be done for the week. We get to grocery shop, do laundry, clean our apartments, wash our car, along with many other things. My companion and I were writing letters outside in the sunshiney weather when the Elders in our district called to see if we wanted to play a game. The game was called Ice Cream Sandwich Uno. They explained over the phone that the way you played was whoever lost the round had to eat an ice cream sandwich. I thought, how bad can this be? Eating ice cream because I lost a game? Well when we went to start playing the game and the specifics of the rules were told the game was much different than I had previously understood. You not only had to eat an ice cream sandwich when you lost, you had to eat it before the next hand was dealt or you had to eat another one. So we embarked on the epic game that taught me a valuable lesson. We started and at first I didn't lose, so it was funny to watch the Elders try and shove the ice cream sandwiches in their face and get done before the cards for the next round were dealt. Then the game took a tragic turn of events. I lost a round and had to try to shove an ice cream sandwich in my mouth. It was a lot harder than I had anticipated. Thankfully the Elders took pity on me and said since I had the entire sandwich shoved (literally) in my mouth by the time the cards were done being dealt that I didn't have to eat another one. Then it happened again. I couldn't believe that I lost again! I frantically grabbed the ice cream sandwich and ripped the wrapper off and began putting as much of the sandwich in my mouth as I could at one time, but the problem is that when I got my mouth full I could hardly even chew or swallow there was so much ice cream in my mouth.
Then the game went from bad to worse when for the third time I had to eat an ice cream sandwich as fast as I could. I begged not to have to eat the sandwich, but no one would take pity on me. My companion even said to me, "Find someone to pay the price of justice for you, or you have to eat it yourself!" So since no one volunteered to pay the price of my cards I had left I was forced to once again shove a big ice cream sandwich in my face. You may be wondering why this story is applicable to a gospel setting. Well I'm going to tell you. Sometimes life is hard and we end up losing that "round of uno" and we have to shove an ice cream sandwich in our face. Repentance is a gift that we each may have. Just as my companion said to me that I needed to find someone to "pay the price of justice" we each have someone that has already paid the price of justice for each of our sins, or our "lost rounds of uno".
The catch is that we have to ask him to help us. He is always willing, but he can't "eat our sandwiches" or take care of our sins for us unless we allow him to. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, loves you more than you know. He wants you to be able to return to live with him and our Heavenly Father, so for that reason (his immense amount of love) he has taken care of justice for us. Our Heavenly Father has to be just, but because of the sacrifice of our Savior we are allowed mercy now. We have this gift, but we must accept this gift! Accept the Savior and his atonement in your life today!