Friday, May 13, 2011

Coming to a Close & The Living Christ

Eli, Nathaniel, Zach, and Andrew all played well in their baseball games last night, even though all their teams lost. I was pleased that Eli is now able to see the good things he did in a bad game. Such an improvement over past years. Nathaniel, Zach, and Andrew just have the double elimination tournament left, and then it will be on to swim team and water polo for the summer. I enjoyed watching my boys build friendships during baseball season this year. We've become part of the baseball community, and it feels good to recognize faces and families from the last 6 years.

Savanah has been going to the gym in the morning with Ryon. This morning they both swam a whole mile (and another 50 meters). Savanah is getting ready for high school swim team, and Ryon said she is awesome! She was only two laps behind when Ryon finished his mile this morning, he's pretty convinced she'll be faster than him in no time, mostly because she's still rusty after not being on swim team for 2 years. I guess I'll always remember that first year of swim team, when she drank so much water from the pool after the first practice, that she looked green, and then threw up in the parking lot, all the while begging to not have to return the next day. Then, by her second swim meet she was taking home first place in back stroke. She has an iron will, and when she sets her mind on a goal, she will succeed! I'm so proud of her! She just finished MEMORIZING, "The Living Christ."!!! The whole thing, which you couldn't possibly appreciate, unless I put it here (see the rest of this post-she memorized the ENTIRE testimony and it moves me to tears every time she says it, it takes a while, she really is AMAZING!).




As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.
He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3). Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He "went about doing good" (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead. He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come.
He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice. He was arrested and condemned on spurious charges, convicted to satisfy a mob, and sentenced to die on Calvary's cross. He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth.
We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.
He rose from the grave to "become the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20). As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. He also ministered among His "other sheep" (John 10:16) in ancient America. In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised "dispensation of the fulness of times" (Ephesians 1:10).
Of the Living Christ, the Prophet Joseph wrote: "His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:
"I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father" (D&C 110:3–4).
Of Him the Prophet also declared: "And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
"For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
"That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God" (D&C 76:22–24).
We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—"built upon the foundation of . . . apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:20).
We testify that He will someday return to earth. "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together" (Isaiah 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.
We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.


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1 comment:

Princess Gerty said...

WOW! I am so impressed with Savanah! She is amazing! I can see where she gets it!!

By the way... (I hope this is not too little too late, but) there is a blog for the YW conference she went to last year. I found a spot where you could send comments. I bet they would really appreciate your feedback before they do this year's sessions!