Sunday, November 8, 2015

I’m in Awe of You

After a week of being sick and nights of no sleep, I had firmly resolved not to go to church this morning despite some mild congestion, which would have been no big deal. I really wanted just to sleep. So, still wanting to keep the Sabbath day holy, I set myself up in the recliner with The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos queued up in the DVD player. I turned on my favorite segment called I am the Bread of Life, which is taken from a section of scripture in John 6.

The Savior taught his disciples some doctrine that was difficult for them to understand. “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?”
The Savior’s teachings were so incomprehensible to some that “from that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”

The Spirit hit me powerfully with Peter’s words. “Thou hast the words of eternal life.”

In light of the recent events and new policies and the uproar in the LDS faith, I had my answer. Even though I didn’t question the brethren’s decision, I still prayed for the confirmation of the Spirit that this was correct, that this was doctrine from our Father in Heaven.

“Thou hast the words of eternal life” Where else would I go? Nowhere. Not ever.

With this confirmation, I rolled myself out of the recliner and dressed for church. No tired exhausted body would keep me from filling my cup today.

And boy did it run over.

Every single lesson and talk and comment strengthened my testimony and imbued in me a desire to want to do better. To be better.

Sunday school’s lesson was on obedience.

I thought, how timely. Many of our confused brothers and sisters need to hear this so they can fortify their testimonies. The brethren have declared something that is difficult for many to understand, so this stood out to me as a great example.

The Book of Mormon tells us that Nephi and his older brothers received a very difficult assignment from the Lord (see 1 Nephi 3:1–6). Nephi’s brothers complained, saying that the Lord required a hard thing of them. But Nephi said, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Nephi 3:7). When we find it difficult to obey a commandment of the Lord, we should remember Nephi’s words.

The scriptures tell us over and over again what we must do. That’s why we should never put them down. I resolved in this moment to increase my gospel study and reading of the scriptures. How important it is to fill our minds with the truth of these words. How much confusion could slip away if we just turned to the Lord instead of complaining or outright exclaiming our vehemence! Make our matters, matters of prayer.

But my thoughts were, how great that we have a way prepared. How amazing that we have a Father in Heaven who will not leave us alone!

I must include the blessings of obedience.

The Lord counsels us, “If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God” (D&C 14:7).

The Lord has described other blessings that will come to those who obey Him in righteousness and truth until the end:

“Thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.

“Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.

“And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.

“Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations.

“And their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven. …

“For by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will—yea, even those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man” (D&C 76:5–10).

I’ll repeat what Peter said, “Thou hast the words of eternal life.”

Now I must comment on the Women’s Sunday School class. The topic was pride, from a famous talk by President Ezra Taft Benson.

We talked about ways to overcome pride. Humility is the antidote to pride. We can be humble by doing service, loving others as Christ loves them, and showing gratitude. They all go hand in hand. The Savior is our perfect example of these things.

Every night when I go to bed, I fall to my knees and thank my Father in Heaven for my many blessings. I do this because I love him. I do this because I recognize his hand in all things. I serve my family and others because I love them. My Savior is my foundation, my motivation. He is who I build my faith on.

If we hold to this, our testimonies will remain strong.

I praised God the whole way home. I am so thankful for my solid foundation. The words of a radio song helped me raise my voice in gratitude.

“At The Cross”

There’s a place where mercy reigns and never dies
There’s a place where streams of grace flow deep and wide
Where all the love I’ve ever found
Comes like a flood
Comes flowing down

At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You
I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
and my sin washed white
I owe all to You
I owe all to You Jesus

There’s a place where sin and shame are powerless
Where my heart has peace with God and forgiveness
Where all the love I’ve ever found
Comes like a flood
Comes flowing down


Here my hope is found
Here on holy ground
Here I bow down
Here I bow down
Here arms open wide
Here You save my life
Here I bow down
Here I bow down

Truly I am in awe of my Savior. I owe all to Him.

So that’s why I go to church every Sunday. To feast upon the words of eternal life.