Sunday, January 3, 2016

Week 71 - Montrose

This was a very slow week. Primarily because I was ill most of it. I got a cold that kept us home, I also had another In-grown toenail removed permanently along the side so hopefully I don't have to worry about it anymore.
My format will be different this week, because I was home a lot.
Christmas as a missionary honestly has been one of the best experiences of my life. The opportunity to serve God all day long is awesome. I don't have to worry about the clutter. This Christmas I learned a little more about the Atonement and just what Jesus Christ did for all of us. 
The video, Why we need a Savior on brought this into perspective. Imagine we couldn't take back our mistakes. Every pain, sorrow, and word that we ever uttered cannot be remitted. Death is final, no one understands the difference between right and wrong because the Light of Christ is absent. We have no direction and we drift farther and farther away from God, our loving heavenly father. However, God would not allow that to happen.
God runs into a dilemma. He has given laws and consequences for disobedience and blessings for obedience. He has to uphold these laws because it is the only way he can bless us. However we make mistakes, we sin. Because we sin all of us will fall short of the expectations of the law. God has a choice. He can forgive everyone regardless of the choices, which defies the law which means he can't bless us. He could also show no mercy to us and everyone would be damned. This is a predicament. He realized someone had to mediate. Someone had to step up and take all the sins and pains of the world so that he could perfectly understand us, and our intents. He also realized we needed someone to be that great example and for someone to overcome both Physical and Spiritual death. So he sent his son. His first born, who is perfect. It must have been harder than we can comprehend for him to do that. However because he sent his son, we have a chance. Mercy can be given while the law can be upheld. All we have to do is Remember him, love him, and Follow him. It is the covenant we make at Baptism.
I want you all to know that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father. He wants us to succeed. We can only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. A Savior was born long ago in a far away land.  He was born in humblest of circumstances, and died in the worst. Death was not the end though. He rose again on the third day and lives still today. In the Doctrine of Covenants the Prophet Joseph Smith states that the testimony last of all that he gives of him is that, "He Lives"
He does. I know he is the Savior and Redeemer of all.
This peom was given to us by our mission just now.

In ancient times the cry. "Unclean."
Would warn of lepers near.
"Unclean! Unclean!" The words rang out;
Then all drew back in fear,

Lest by the touch of lepers' hands
They, too, would leopard be.
There was no cure in ancient times,
Just hopeless agony.

No soap, no balm, no medicine
Could stay disease or pain.
There was no salve, no cleansing bath
To make them well again.

But there was One, the record shows
Whose touch could make them pure;
Could ease their awful suffering,
Their rotting flesh restore.

He is coming long had been foretold.
Signs would precede His birth.
A Son of God to woman born,
With power to cleanse the earth.

The day He made then lepers whole,
The day He made them clean,
Well symbolized His ministry
And what His life would mean,

However great that miracle,
This is not why He came.
He came to rescue every soul
From death, from sin, from shame.

For greater miracles, He said,
His servants yet would do,
To rescue every living soul,
Not just heal up a few.

Though we're redeemed from mortal death,
We still can't enter in
Unless we're clean, cleansed every whit,
From every mortal sin.

What must be done to make us clean,
We cannot do alone.
The law, to be a law, requires
A pure one must atone.

He taught that justice will be stayed
Till mercy's claim be heard
If we repent and are baptized
And live by every word.

That is the never - ending gift
That came that Christmas Day
When Mary first held close her Son
And shepherds came to pray.

If we could only understand
All we have heard and seen,
We'd know their is no greater gift
Than those two words - - "washed clean!"

~Elder Boyd K. Packer
I love you all. I hope you have a great Christmas. It is a wonderful time of year, where we can focus on the Savior.
Merry Christmas,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher