Through the catalyst LOTR, I have learned to fully apply the Atonement of Christ in my life. Longing for the change of heart that shows in your face, I knew not how to proceed. I realized that Gandalf's wisdom in Bag End/Moria applied to all survivors, to me. Frodo's story was my story. I knew what it was to be touched by evil, wishing the 'ring' had never come to me. Though I did not choose what happened, I now choose what I do with the time given me. I fully understand now that because of the Atonement I will heal from the wounds and though the scars will remain I will cease to fear them. Though innocence is gone, I may know peace. Passion frightens me no longer; it has grown into a force for good in my life. I will not be ruled by fear. I am learning to be brave, to trust, to have hope, and that love can be good and pure. I am exploring opportunities to delve into the dark corners and dust off old dreams as well as enjoy the richness of life and share it. Such a little thing, changing a life.