Okay.  So I took a break from writing.  I still read.  This time through is really different because what I'm looking for seems much more specific. 
    A few things that stood out to me in my reading this week:  Omni (good old Omni) 1:26 - "And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption.  Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offer unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."  Questions?  Anyone?  Come unto Christ, and offer him the only thing you really have to give:  Your whole soul.  Anything else you have, He gave you in the first place.  Salvation comes at this one price.  All can afford it, but who will choose to pay?
    Mosiah 5:15 - "Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all."  This verse basically just reiterates the first.  I know that Christ is mighty to save.  I have no doubt.
    Mosiah 13:10 - "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the lord shall prosper in his hand." This is quoting Isaiah at this point.  This verse is taken here a bit out of context but the key phrase I noticed was "it pleased the Lord to bruise him" meaning Christ.  How can it please God to bruise his son?  I imagine there aren't many reasons.  The one that is so humblingly poignant is his desire that an atonement should be made so that the rest of his children who could never have been perfect can be made perfect through that blood.  He taught us the ultimate sacrifice through his ultimate suffering.
    Mosiah 16:8 - "But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ."  Of all the things that Christ did, we are most expected to understand these two:  It is through Christ that we may be cleansed of sin, and it is through Christ that we may overcome death.  These two things we CAN NOT do for ourselves.  It brings such joy and such weight to my soul in this moment to recognize my responsibility to know these things, and also to make sure that his sacrifice for me was meaningful by living my life in a way that Christ would have me live it.  I pray his suffering for my sake may be minimal, but I know it can't be.  I am a sinner.  He knew it from the beginning.  I will strive, always, to be better, and I know that in Him I am healed.

 


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