This week's been pretty great! Had MLC on Thursday, got rebuked by the Spirit hardcore, repented and life's good:) No, to be real the Spirit was super strong in the meeting, and Elder Beddes and I both recognized some things we could do to be better examples and show more of our devotion and love to Christ. We both felt really good coming out of the meeting, and we learned a lot about repentance and the Sacrament. I took it to heart to really prepare myself spiritually to partake of the Sacrament. Some questions I asked myself were:
"Am I progressing towards my next ordinance(the sacrament)?"
"Am I keeping commitments?"
"Do I fully repent before I partake of the sacrament?"
"Does my behavior reflect that of whom I'm representing?"
These questions really put into perspective where I was at spiritually. As I humbled myself and came to God in prayer, the Spirit came and I felt that sense of peace that comes from true repentance. Another question that was asked was
"Am I currently in the repentance process?" And if the answer was no, "What do you need to do differently?"
A daily, honest evaluation of your life is a strong measure of your understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It takes faith to be honest and submissive in acknowledging sin, however big or small, and resolving to change it. No amount of rationalization will ever stand up before the Lord. In saying that, repentance is a beautiful process. True repentance brings true change. We find lasting peace when we can remove the expectation to be as good as the Lord expects us to be on our own. As we acknowledge that only through Christ can we carry the burdens we are called to bear, it removes the weight of responsibility from our shoulders to carry the load alone. Christ says in Matthew 11: 28-30,
Come unto me, all ye that labour,
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me.
For I am meek and lowly in heart,
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.
I would invite each of you to take His yoke. The Master teaches in John 6:35
I am the bread of life:
he that cometh to me
shall never hunger;
and he that shall believe on me
shall never thirst.
How do we come unto Christ? John 6:45 teaches us that,
It is written in the prophets,
And they shall all be taught of God.
Every man therefore that hath heard,
and hath learned of the Father,
cometh unto me.
As we study the word, which is "quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow;" we learn of Him. This is a powerful way that we can lay our burdens upon the Lord, and take His yoke upon us. I feel this is most powerful taught in the ordinance of the sacrament. The symbolism is deep.
Hands are washed. The bread is broken. The priest kneels before the sacrament table, which is interestingly similar in shape and size to an altar. The deacons serve everyone else the sacrament first, and partake LAST. We take the bread from the tray. We drink the water, and leave the cup. The bread and water is covered AFTER we partake. Why? I invite you all to ponder on the symbolism behind these simple acts we often overlook in our Sabbath day worship, and find deeper meaning in this weekly opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Savior.
I love the Savior, and am so grateful for the opportunity to remember Him each week. I love you all!