In President Nelson's recent talk he invited the young adults of the Church to do a pretty amazing project.
I took a part of that invitation. I started a couple days ago.
Can I just say... WOW.
Since I stopped teaching seminary last year, the scriptures haven't felt this alive to me, and I am loving this!
Here's what I did. Step One.
I started reading and marking one word at a time in the Topical Guide or Index, under the heading, "Jesus Christ." He's got lots of subheadings.
I started with the first label, "Jesus Christ, Advocate." First I marked the phrases that stood out to me.
Then I journaled about what this title means to me. How is Christ my advocate?
I started weeping. In the library study room where I happened to be studying my scriptures that day. Wow. I was bearing my testimony on paper about how much Christ loves me, what He did, and does, and will do for me.
And suddenly I loved Him even more than I did before.
The next day I repeated the process with the next word on the list, which was "Jesus Christ, Atonement."
Weeping again. To bear my testimony on paper of what my life would be like without Christ's atonement was a sacred experience.
To feel even closer to my Savior, to appreciate and know and love Him even more.
President Nelson promised: "If you proceed to learn you can about Jesus Christ, I promise you that your love for Him, and for God’s laws, will grow beyond what you currently imagine. I promise you also that your ability to turn away from sin will increase. Your desire to keep the commandments will soar. You will find yourself better able to walk away from the entertainment and entanglements of those who mock the followers of Jesus Christ" (President Russell M. Nelson, "Prophets, Leadership, and Divine Law," An Evening with President Russell M. Nelson, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 8, 2017, Emphasis added).
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