It will be okay though. I can do hard things like taking a math class. All will be well and I am actually seeing that my brain is not as rusty as I thought it would be.
And of course, I am absolutely LOVING my religion class. (What?!? Des loves her religion class and is going to tell us about what she is learning in it? That's not like her.) I know, I know. I'm like a broken record with all of this spiritual stuff, but guys! Christ is awesome! I can't help myself!
There is really only one thing that I want to share for this post. I am only choosing to share one thing for a couple of reasons.
1. It is by far, the thing that has touched me the most, spiritually, in this class.
2. It would take me WAY too long to write a post about everything that I have learned so I am only choosing the thing that made my heart sing the most.
I realized something and it's HUGE, my friends. HUGE!
Last week we talked about The Creation, The Fall, and The Atonement. I was the lead student and at the beginning of the week I thought, "This will be a pretty simple lesson because I feel like I know about the Creation and we have talked a lot about the Fall and the Atonement lately." Well, as usual, God said, "You basically know nothing so if you will allow yourself to be humble and let me teach you, that would be great." (Okay, so He didn't say it that way, but you get the picture.)
As I began to study the lesson I realized how much about the Creation of the world and everything in it that I just had not picked up on before. Sure, we know the basics, right? Christ created the world under the direction of the Father and He did it in six days with a day for rest on the seventh day. But it was so much more than that. It was organized and planned carefully. Each thing was created in the order that it needed to be created with everything existing spiritually before it was created temporally. The earth was created specifically for us so that we could be organized in families.
But, I digress. Here is the mind-opening, wonderful, beautiful thing that I realized. It comes from a talk by President Russell M. Nelson entitled "The Creation."
While visiting the British Museum in London one day, I read a most unusual book. It is not scripture. It is an English
Isn't that one of the most beautiful things you have ever read? My new favorite word to describe Christ is "ADVOCATE." He is our advocate with the Father. He stands by our side. He helps us fight our battles. He encourages us and loves us. Yes. Advocate is the perfect description.
But here is the thing that touched my heart the most.
"And He heaved sighs over him daily, saying, 'If I put breath into this [man], he must suffer many pains."
Our loving and caring Father in Heaven loves us so much. I have not ever thought of how hard it must have been for Him to know that we would have to experience sorrow and pain in order to make it back to Him. I know how I feel when I think of my kids getting hurt and it pretty much rips my heart right out of my chest. The way that our Heavenly Father feels about each of His children is 100 billion times deeper than that!
This is what touched my heart. This is what exploded in my brain saying, "Yes. Yes, I do love you that much. Yes, I hate to see you suffer, but I have given you my only Begotten Son to help you during those times. I have provided a way for you to return."
Our Father in Heaven is glorious and I love Him so much.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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