It was such a wonderful day at church today. We had a great fast and testimony meeting. Brother Williams was conducting Sacrament Meeting so he bore his testimony first.
He had been thinking a lot about the Savior lately and the Atonement. He has been pondering the question, “How do we drink from the bitter cup without becoming bitter?” He went on to testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us. When we put our faith and trust in them our burdens are lifted. Not that our challenges go away but that they become easier to bear. His testimony inspired many more testimonies regarding that poignant question.
Sunday School was next. I had my lesson breakthrough about mid week and was able to sew a blouse for myself with the rest of the week. Typically my lessons gnaw at me until I get my breakthrough. My lesson was on the life of Jesus Christ. I had been searching for some video that would sum up the life of the Savior. I clicked on one video that I had seen come up in other searches over the last several weeks. The description seemingly had little to do with my search but I guess I clicked on it as a diversion. I sobbed my eyes out. That was the message I wanted to focus on.
This video generated discussion about the Savior’s life in my class. The class viewing of this video was my second time seeing it. I managed to get through the entire thing without crying. But I could hear sniffling around the room. When I asked what people’s thoughts were after watching the video, everyone was quiet and still pondering. I started to talk to get ideas going. Then I lost it. I hate crying in public but I couldn’t help it.
The Spirit was so strong in my class today as we all shared our tender thoughts and testimonies of the Savior. Occasionally I get new blood in my room when people decide to avoid the crowded Gospel Doctrine class or are simply visiting. Two women came in that had never been in my class before. One is a new member of the ward after the recent boundary change. The other woman was her sister in law who was visiting.
The sister in law shared her story. My heart breaks at her family’s trial right now. I appreciated her being willing to share. She is hurting so much emotionally from the choices of her husband. But she knows now is the time for her to strengthen her own testimony and fortify her children’s testimonies. She testified that the Atonement is not just for sinners. It is also to relieve the pains of any injustice or negativity in this life. It was obvious her faith is strong.
Since there was a little extra time at the end of my prepared lesson, Heath suggested we watch the video he was planning to show in his lesson to the deacons. Fresh tears were shed around the room.
The Sister Missionaries taught the lesson in Relief Society. Their lesson was also on the Savior. It was a beautiful extension to my lesson on the Savior and of course Brother Williams’ thoughts on the Savior.
I am so grateful to my Savior for His atoning sacrifice. I know He loves me and blesses me each day. I truly believe that when we serve others we are serving Him. (Mosiah 2:17, Matthew 25:40) He taught us the way to treat others through His life. May we all look for opportunities to shift focus from ourselves to that of blessing the lives of others. Whether it be someone in the community, a total stranger, or as close as serving the people in our own homes.