You may remember the the analogies for the atom given in your 5th grade science class. It was often either a piece of paper with a dot in the middle or a football stadium with a football in the middle. You remember the football or the dot represented the nucleus, and then flies spinning around the stadium would represent the electrons. See, scientifically the atom is 99.99999% empty space. And yet we are all made up of atoms. I can feel things. Everything is made up of atoms. And ALL atoms are almost completely "empty".

It is often said that few people use 10% of their brains. What if we could use more?

What if we could capture the empty space? Use it? What is supposed to be there?

How many of you remember making sugar crystals in science class? Do you remember how it was done? You start boiling water. And start adding sugar. You can actually put 4 cups of sugar in a single cup of water! Certainly not at room temperature, but boiling it, you get a concentration of sugar. What if we could concentrate our atoms? Or our brains? What would we be capable of?

The "Big Bang" theory states that all we know of as matter, all that is in the universe, was once compacted into the size of a needle point. Think one massive (and yet incredibly small) black whole. (puns are fun!=) How concentrated is that?

Not as concentrated as what I am about to tell you about.

You all know the story. Nearly 2000 years ago, the greatest concentration in the history of history occurred. All of the sin, infirmities, wrongs, injustices, and weaknesses in the story of humanity fell upon the shoulders of one man. The weight of it literally crushed him, and his body exuded blood as if it were sweat. It was as if he boiled the sugar of the world into a single drop of water. It was impossible for us to even bear our own sins. And yet he bore them all.

Where does that leave us?

It leaves us taking up our crosses.

Many of you remember the illustration of humanity (you!) on one side of a chasm, and God on the other. The chasm was always labeled sin. We can build and build and build all we want, but without the help of the atonement of the Savior, we can't get to the other side. That doesn't mean we shouldn't keep trying. But it does mean we have to accept his help, his atonement.

Remember the poem Footprints in the sand? The Lord will carry us in the hardest times, but when we can, we must walk for ourselves, and walk beside Him.

He has done His part. We must do our part.

Love thy enemies. Love thy neighbor. All that stuph.