Friday, December 13, 2013

Wonderful to Me

I love learning!  It makes me feel powerful, having all of this knowledge at my command.  I used to only feel that way about secular things, but now, I've learned to feel that way about the gospel too.  It seems the more knowledge I gain, the more I want.  I like the way it makes me feel.
Learning about the life and ministry of Christ has helped my testimony grow, and I love that our last three lessons covered the Atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ, just in time for Christmas and the chance to celebrate His birth once more.
Let's start with the crucifixion.  What I didn't know is that, while on the cross, Jesus once again felt the pains of Gethsemane, but even stronger.  While He was physically being tortured, He was also suffering all of our pains.  Folks, what love the Savior must have for us.  I'm so glad to know that He will always be there for me, with whatever is going on in my life.
One of the great beauties of this gospel is that you never have to be worthy to come to Christ.  He is the one that makes you worthy.  He has overcome both physical and spiritual death for us.  I can't imagine what it will be like to meet Him again one day.  The more I study and learn about Him, the more I can feel His love in my life, and I encourage you to do the same.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Yes, I Know That My Savior Loves Me

I feel like it's been forever since I've written!  And I will be trying to pick back up again with our Savior's atoning sacrifice.  I'm warning you now: there is no way I will be able to do this the justice it deserves.  And, as I've been learning, the more I try to understand the Atonement, the more I realize just how very far away I actually am from doing so.  Here we go.
As you probably know, Jesus has never sinned.  Because of that, He's also never experienced the things that follow, namely guilt, shame, remorse, feeling unworthy, sorrow, horror, solitude, and so forth.
That is, until now.
He fell on His face.  He needed an angel to come and comfort Him.  He asked not to do this, but finished it anyways. He experienced every emotion, every sensation, every feeling, both good and bad, up to the point of spiritual death.  That sounds exhausting.  Why would someone ever want to do that?
Because it was all for you.
That's right, you right there, looking at this here screen.  It was for you.  Because Jesus Christ loves you.  He suffered every negative feeling you could ever think of so that one day, you wouldn't have to.  He loves you so much that He wanted to give you a chance.  A chance to return to live with a Heavenly Father who wants you to be with Him so much, He was willing to send the Only Begotten to die for you.
I suppose one of the best ways this can be summed up is here in this lovely children's song.  Enjoy :)