Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Simple Testimony for a Remarkable Sacrifice

Reflecting on Easter, and all that it means, I was trying to think of something I could do that would pay gratitude to our Savior and be somewhat personal. After thinking on the topic I decided that a simple personal testimony of Jesus Christ and all that I am grateful for in my life might suffice for what I wish to accomplish. I hope that through this you may feel of my personal witness that I know that Jesus Christ lives and is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
I haven't had a Heavenly visitation of angels or of Christ himself, I haven't traveled and walked the roads the Savior walked during His earthly ministry, I haven't seen the amazing visions that the prophets and apostles have seen, but I don't feel I need any of that to know the man who lived, suffered, and died for me. I don't need to see the risen Christ in order for me to believe that through him I have the opportunity and privilege to be forgiven of my sins. I don't feel I need to meet him because I have felt his divine love for me, I have felt hope and peace when I had so much of my past weighing me down, I have felt the burden of sin along with the sweet feeling of being made clean in the eyes of my maker. I feel that I have felt the Savior's touch when I have repented of my trespasses with my fellow man and my God. I am Grateful for all that Christ did and continues to do for me, for someone who didn't live during his ministry, someone who will never do for Him what he desires to do for me, someone who doesn't have the slightest clue, in comparison, of all that He did for all mankind, even those that did and would continue to mock and scorn Him.
I love all that Easter represents, the fact that because of Christ's Resurrection I have the great blessing of rising and living beyond this life, along with the blessing and opportunity to dwell with my Father in Heaven after this life. I wish to spend my life showing my gratitude toward all that went into the Plan of Salvation and the sacrifices that were made that I may experience happiness and eternal life.
I am also grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who never loses hope in all his children here on earth. I am grateful for the Restoration of Christ's Church on the earth, I am thankful for the Book of Mormon and all the revealed truth that sacred set of scriptures brought with it. I know that we indeed are benefited abundantly from the prophet and apostles that have been called and chosen as worthy representatives and mouthpieces for God in this dispensation. I know that the message that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints carries and wishes to share is true and can bless the lives of all that wish to know so. This is just a small portion of my Testimony of the Savior. I hope that all will increase their testimony this Easter time, and give an added measure of devotion to sharing what they know and believe about Christ. I bear my witness in Christ's name, Amen.