For the past 403 Sundays, Mormon Third Eye readers could turn to this blog and trust that they could read something original and enlightening. However, today's readers will become witnesses to history, for the first time in seven and one-half years of MTE, there will be a post with no... original... content.
I've always struggled with finding the right words that accurately depict the depth of gratitude I have for my Savior Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for me. The Holy Ghost has born witness to my soul in undeniable ways that because he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross, I can repent of my sins and endure my daily challenges. Just as he rose from the dead on the third day, I can rise from the ashes of my own sins and look forward to resurrection and eternal life in His presence with my family, but these words don't even scratch the surface of wonder and gratitude that consumes my soul. It's very frustrating. How can you express powerful principles of the gospel that are bigger than words?
We all instinctively know the answer. It is the spirit, not the words themselves, that bear witness of the truth. In this context, my own words are not big enough to convey my spiritual knowledge, but the words of other great men come close; Joseph Smith and Bruce R. McConkie. So, I invite you to carefully read their testimonies, and embrace the emotions that will fill your heart, for they come close to expressing the emotions of my heart. The words may not be original, but feelings are:
"And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God." (D&C 76:22-24)
Apostle Bruce R. McConkie:
“And now, as pertaining to this perfect atonement, wrought by the shedding of the blood of God—I testify that it took place in Gethsemane and at Golgotha, and as pertaining to Jesus Christ, I testify that he is the Son of the Living God and was crucified for the sins of the world. He is our Lord, our God, and our King. This I know of myself independent of any other person.
I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears.
But I shall not know any better then than I know now that he is God’s Almighty Son, that he is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his atoning blood and in no other way.”(The Purifying Power of Gethsemane, April 1985)