Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Light of the World

Hello friends!
How has your week been?
Have you learned some amazing things?
Have you been reminded of anything important?
If so, please remember to share here on the blog!
We love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Maybe what you share can 
be an answer to someone's prayers!

This week has been amazing!
I have loved being reminded of the many
roles my Savior plays in my life
and the many ways he is an example
of how I should be living my life.

I found many different names that He is called by:
Bread of life, chief cornerstone, creator, Advocate with the Father,
Wonderful, Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace, Good Shepherd, Judge, King,
Lamb of God, Light of the World, Lord, Mediator,
Messenger of the Covenant, Messiah, Only Begotten of the Father,
Redeemer, Rock of my Salvation, Son of Man, Emmanuel, King of the Jews,
Jesus Christ, Master Gardner, Son of God, Author and Finisher,
Great Jehovah, Teacher, Master, Firstborn of the Father,
Risen Lord, The Living Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords,
King Immanuel.
And that is only a few of the many!

Some characteristics I found were:
Faith, Hope, Charity, Love, Example, perfect, open heart,
powerful, inspiring, happy, submissive, humble,
good works/service, holy, redeems, sanctifies,
forgiveness, gratitude, faith, strong, stalwart, leader,
patient, light, confident, honest, chaste, just, 
influential, healer, mourns with those who mourn,
glory, divine nature, mercy, goodness, joy, virtue,
knowledge, diligence, obedience, gentle, 
long suffering, temperate, asking for needs,
eye single to the glory of God, brotherly kindness,
godliness, receives, meekness, true benevolent, pure, teacher.
Again this is just a drop in the bucket!

 How grateful I am to have a knowledge
of the goodness and mercy of my Savior.
I am so amazed at the way He loves me.
There are so many times when I have, through my own actions,
stopped moving forward spiritually.
I chose to lay around feeling depressed.
I have learned that through my Redeemer
I can be saved from my self-made prison.

I love the words of Nephi in 2 Nephi 33:6,
"I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus,
for he hath redeemed my soul from hell."
I love how Nephi calls the Savior 
"MY Jesus."
What a testament to the eternal truth 
that our Savior desires a personal relationship with each of us!
He wants us to turn to him!
His arms are always stretched out
waiting for us to come into their loving reach.
Waiting for us to choose to follow Him,
for us to choose to live in His goodness and light!
Nephi also speaks in 2 Nephi 4 of how
when he desires to be happy and rejoice,
his heart groans because of his sins,
BUT he continues to trust in the Lord
and the Lord is his support through his trials.

How I can truly connect with what Nephi is saying!
There are times when I feel happy and I want to rejoice,
but I sometimes allow myself to remember all my sins,
the things I have done and especially the things 
I should have done, but didn't do. 
It makes my heart ache to remember.
BUT when I start to feel this way, I remind myself
of the AWESOME power of the Atonement.
I remember that as I put my trust in my Savior and Redeemer
he leads me through my challenges.
"He hath filled me with his love,
even unto the consuming of my flesh." 
(2 Ne 4:21)
He has answered my prayers and 
led me to the path that would be best for me.

I know that my Redeemer lives!
Knowing that gives me hope in my life.
He is the way and the LIGHT!
I know it is only through Him that we can
live happy, peaceful lives.
Let us continue on our journey
following His example and 
learning to live with the 
Christ-like attributes we have discovered
and all the ones we may discover!
 To finish off today, please click on:

to listen to my favorite hymn.