As I read Siddhartha, I immediately began to compare the novel to my own life and the gospel. I couldn’t help but to see so many gospel concepts in what I was reading. A comparison that I made was between the Atonement in my life and one of the lines from the book. In the book it says, “But what a journey it was! I have had to pass through so much stupidity, through so much vice, through so much error, through so much disgust and disappointment and misery, merely to become a child again and to be able to make a new start.” In the story Siddhartha is reminiscing on his life and all the things that he has gone through. He says that it is only through all of his trials and experiences that he was able to become the person he now is. I can definitely relate to Siddhartha in that way.


In my own life I have gone through many trials. My life has not been the easiest, and I have experienced some hard times; however, I would not trade my trials and hard times for easier ones. Without those trials I would not be the same person I am today. I really like how Siddhartha says he had to become like a child in order to make a new start in his life. In the novel it reads, "...now i am starting from the beginning again, from childhood! I agree that we need to start from childhood, because children are pure and innocent.The scriptures also tell us that we need to become childlike in order for us to change. In Mosiah 3:19 it says, “….becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, subbmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” This relates to the Atonement in many ways. We we use the Atonement in our lives and repent of our sins, we are able to become innocent and childlike once again. In order for us to have a new start in life, we must repent of our sins and submit ourselves to Christ. During this time it is important that we are like a child and are truly humble, patient, and willing to listen to the Lord. Like Siddhartha I have had to become like a child. I have relied on the Lord and used the Atonement in my own life. Through the Lord and His Atonement, I was able to make changes in my life. These changes have allowed me to grow spiritually and become the individual I am today.