I love to spend my time, when not in Church on Sunday, listening to General Conference sermons and Music & the Spoken Word.
Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
Hymn 124: Be Still My Soul
There is great joy in resting from one’s labors, feasting on the words of Christ. And all He asks is that we give Him one day a week.
For several years I have been hearing the word atone thrown around. It always bothers me when it is used by characters in programs or by news readers discussing how he or she or someone has atoned for their sins.
I believe that only Jesus Christ could make the perfect atonement for sin. He atoned for our sins. I can, you can, accept His atoning sacrifice to be forgiven of sins through repentance.
THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder Russell M. Nelson
THE SUPERNAL GIFT OF THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder James E. Faust
ATONEMENT, AGENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY ~ Elder Boyd K. Packer
Not to take away the pains and sorrows of those who mourn each year over not having a child but, as for me in my house: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY for those who have or are with child in spite of my being without one. It does not bother me that you are happy and feel honored by your progeny. It is not a sleight nor is it painful for me to watch you celebrate and be happy.
What I am sick of is all of the whining and moaning and begrudging and wallowing in sorrow of the have-nots (and this goes for anything someone has that the have-nots want to whine about).
Seriously. Have your pain but please, move on. Stop droning on and on about it.
Yes, I am sad for you. Yes, I know you want to share your emotional devastation. Life is rough and then you die, the saying goes, and you may very well have a very rough, perhaps horrific life.
Nonetheless, there is one who has suffered all your pains, emotional, mental, and physical. And therefore, you can move on if you choose Christ, embrace Christ, and rejoice in Christ so you can allow Christ to heal you.
You can be gracious. You can be truly happy for someone else’s day, like Mother’s Day.
And you can say it and mean it: Happy Mother’s Day!
Now the day is over and I am reflecting upon the day. Truly this was a lovely Easter Sabbath as music flows through my heart and my mind in praise to God for sending His Beloved Son to this earth.
My friends, Susan and Lowell Thomas, know that I love music because very often at our mutual CrossFit box, they see me with my headset on and I have my own music playing while on the Concept2 Rower. Then there are times when I have the Mo Tab playing on the sound system when she happens to catch me at the box on my own time. So it was not surprising that I was invited to their Holy Week services that involve the choir, to which they belong at the First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama.
Between my husband’s work and his duties as the Bishop, a lay minister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Capitol Ward, we figured we could attend the Friday night service as our date night. But an unfortunate incident changed several things in our schedule so we were able to attend the Maundy Thursday service instead. (That is the one I particularly wanted to see.)
We attended the 7 p.m. service. The music provided by the choir was absolutely uplifitng. The acoustics in the sanctuary were marvelous. The program readings and recitations were very nice too. The quotes were taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible.
After the members of the congregation had been offered the communion they were able to go out to the garden area for meditation. We declined the invitation for the communion and chose to wait until the choir had finished singing before we simply moved on to the garden.
What we loved and appreciated about the service was the sincerity with which it was delivered. The lovely voices of the choir with the perfect selection of music to sing praises to our Savior, Jesus Christ – The Prince of Peace, was very touching. There was a sweet peace in the sanctuary as the music filled the air.
Even though we are of different denominations, we share a love for our Elder Brother, the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ.
Today was a wonderful Sabbath Day as the beginning of Easter Week. The sermons in Sacrament Meeting were absolutely inspiring. All those who shared their thoughts in the Gospel Doctrine class rounded out the lesson by adding to the spirit of the day. The Relief Society lesson was uplifting and encouraging.
I am so thankful for every Sabbath, to worship, to focus on my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the #PrinceOfPeace.
A very short post tonight. It has been a long couple of days and I have an early morning so I am just posting a suggestion to make your life happy or perhaps even happier: Learn more about the #PRINCEofPEACE, Jesus Christ, at mormon.org.