I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from The Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.
- President Marion G. Romney

Sunday, January 4, 2009

...that they might not suffer if they would repent...

Today we're going to study Doctrine & Covenants 19:16-19, 18:10-11, 19:19 & 24, and 34:3.

Section 19 is one of those greats, don't you think? Christ really paints a descriptive picture of the suffering He experienced for us. Verse 18 is always particularly painful for me to contemplate.

What have you learned from verses 16-19? What do you know about His Atonement that you didn't know before?

Reading the remaining passages, think about "why." Why did Jesus do this? Why was He willing? Why did He need to? Why do you need Him?
And think about "how." How did He do what He did? How can you show your gratitude for His gift?

Discussion is open in the comments. Please share your thoughts.


Julie said...

There was one word that really stood out as I read these passages: all. Christ suffered the Atonement for ALL. I know that and you know that, but just stop and think about it. He suffered it for those He knew would receive it -- in my mortal, imperfect mind, that seems like it would be easier -- knowing that the person you were doing it for would appreciate and use it. But He didn't stop there -- He suffered for those who wouldn't ever receive or even acknowledge the gift of the Atonement. (excepting of course the Resurrection, which all will receive...) This is Charity defined, isn't it?

In Section 19:24 it points out that Christ "came by the will of the Father, and [does] his will." Interesting, I think. He suffered the Atonement, yes because He loves us, but also (and possibly...maybe... more importantly) because it was the will of His Father. He is the perfect son. Perfectly capable and perfectly willing.

With Christmas having just passed, I feel like I have a little better view of how to show my gratitude for His gift. Seeing my girls play with their toys (together! without fighting!) is the perfect "thank you." I feel like I gave them something that they love and appreciate and use. I haven't always felt that way about things I've given them. I think that Christ sees things the same way -- the best thanks is seeing the gift used and appreciated. Not to mention an expression of gratitude -- a well worded thank you note (or prayer) is totally appropriate, too!

Greg and Wendy said...

Beautiful comments, Julie. Dad and I studied this coming Sunday's lesson last night for FHE. We came to the same conclusion that repenting on a daily (hourly) basis is the best thanks we can give the Savior and in so doing we will know Him better and become more like Him. I loved your analogy with your girls Christmas gift that you feel they love and appreciate and how it makes YOU feel. I hope I can make the Savior more grateful he performed this WONDERFUL ATONEMENT for me by my using His gift more fully and frequently!
I also think it is a chilling thought to consider that we will have to suffer even as He did if we do not repent! Now there is motivation as well, but the "giving thanks" motivation is a much better one! Love you lots!