Do you KNOW our Savior, Jesus Christ, or do you know ABOUT Him? Do you have a personal, Firsthand relationship with Him? Or do you believe in Him, trust in Him, and speak of Him from a Secondhand perspective? Jesus Christ could have performed the Atonement by revelation, experiencing our suffering that way. But because He loves us so perfectly, He chose to endure the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual devastation that we each bear at some time in our lives. He asks us to come unto Him, because He loves us. The way we can come to know Him personally, to receive that Firsthand relationship with Him, is through the power of Prayer. Chieko Okazaki explains it beautifully:
He’s not waiting for us to be perfect. Perfect people don’t need a Savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes. He’s not embarrassed by us, angry at us , or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.
You know that people who live above a certain latitude experience very long winter nights and can become depressed and even suicidal, because something in our bodies requires whole spectrum light for a certain number of hours a day.
Our spiritual requirement for light is just as desperate and as deep as our physical need for light. Jesus is the light of the world. We know that this world is a dark place sometimes, but we need not walk in darkness. The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, and the people who walk in darkness can have a bright companion. We need him, and He is ready to come to us, if we’ll open the door and let him.