Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter Season

Well Family we are entering the Easter Season, and the church has made another amazing initiative: 
Because He Lives
It is awesome. Basically what it consists of is that we all:
Discover, Embrace and Share the Atonement of Jesus Christ

Us as missionaries for the next year will be working with the initiative to help others understand the Atonement of Christ, to learn more about him, who He is and how they can embrace fully the sacrifice that he made for us. I love being a missionary for this reason, helping others understand who Christ is.

This week we had transfers, so as always we received all the new missionaries, it is such an uplifting experience being with new missionaries. It is one of my most favorite things of being here. They are always so excited to share the gospel and wear their name tags with pride. They honestly make me a lot more excited to just go out and talk to everybody I see and tell them that Jesus Christ is their Savior, and that HE restored His Church in these latter days. There is no other experience like being a missionary. 
This week we have been teaching about the Atonement of Christ, and most people here don’t know that he suffered in Gethsemane, and if they know, they really quite don’t understand. So it is always the most amazing lesson to have with people. 
When we teach about the Atonement of Christ we always read:
Luke 22:39-44
39 “And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

We cannot imagine the agony that our Savior suffered for us. He paid the price, drank the bitter cup, and suffered by himself, so that we must never have to. 

He is the Savior,
He is our older Brother, the only Son of God in the flesh.
He is the light of the world. 

This is a time to reflect on Him, and what he did for us. 
I love this Gospel, and I love my Savior. 

In Alma 7:11-13 we can also learn more about what our savior did for us:

11. “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12. And he will take upon him death, that he may loosethe bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.”

He went out and did all of this for us, what are we willing to give in return. He suffered beyond what our minds can comprehend and all he asks of us is that we choose to be free of sin so that we can live once more with our Heavenly Father. Yet, many times we find ourselves following our own desires other than the eternal path that our Heavenly Father has set out before us. 
For that reason Christ died for us. So that even after wandering astray we might always return, to that straight and narrow path. We may wander, but the path is always there. We only must repent of our wrong doings and come back to following the commandments.
He died and was resurrected on the third day so that every human being who has ever existed might be resurrected. He suffered in Gethsemane so that those who want to repent and live once again with their Heavenly Father after the resurrection might do so. 

I know that my Savior lives. I know that he will always be there for me. 
I know that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ and that He is who directs it.

I love you 
Have an amazing Easter Week. 
Elder Lyle

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