Hope this past Easter week has been full of new-found hope, sacred remembrance, and joyful celebration of the Savior's life, example, willing sacrifice and resurrection. I feel so beyond blessed to have the knowledge I have and to be able to share it with people everyday!! I hope that I can more fully remember and think of the Savior everyday. He lives!!
Yesterday, it was cold, windy, and raining. It rains sideways here hahaa but I have never felt so much joy as I stood on freezing cold doorsteps in the rain proclaiming the teachings of Jesus Christ to those that accepted us as well as those who rejected us. We've all been given the great gift of agency, the freedom to choose. The freedom to accept or reject. But if we did not open our mouths, we would be denying people the opportunity to choose! We limit their agency! We limit them from choosing the blessings that come from living the commandments and making sacred promises with our Father in Heaven.
Something I've been studying a lot recently because of Easter coming up, is the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how each of us can be "reconciled to God" through the Savior's sacrifice. I LOVE Jacob 4:11, "Wherefore, beloved brethren, be reconciled unto him through the atonement of Christ, his Only Begotten Son , and ye may obtain a resurrection , according to the power of the resurrection which is in Christ, and be presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto God, having faith, and obtained a good hope of glory in him before he manifesteth himself in the flesh." And Romans 5:10-11, "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."
I always thought that being reconciled to God, being restored to harmony with Him, was only reserved for after this life. Yes, we cannot be completely in His presence here on earth, but because of the Savior's Atonement, all of us can have a personal relationship with EACH member of the Godhead- The Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ, and God, the Father. Because we can't be in the presence of God or Christ while in this life, They have sent another member of the Godhead to dwell with us. The companionship of the Holy Ghost is a gift that we receive at baptism and must work at every single day to have. But THAT is how we will recognize the Savior and our Father. They will be more familiar to us because it is by the Holy Ghost that we can come to know them. And we can only have the Holy Ghost if we apply the Atonement daily and continue in increasing our faith, repenting and changing our heart, and striving to take the name of Christ upon us each day by serving those around us. It is then that we can qualify for the constant companionship of the Spirit.
I love you all!! Thank you for your prayers and support. I wouldn't be able to do this without your constant prayers or without the enabling power of the Atonement.