This week our mind has been deep in Christmas, not in a bad way, but with the opportunity to watch the video "Èl es La Dàdiva" with everyone, our focus has really been in Him.
But not just his birth, the gift that he was for us. I love the scripture that was chosen for this video it was so perfect and teaches us so many things from just one verse, "Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo que ha dado a su Hijo Unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree no se pierda, mas tenga vida terna." For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have life everlasting.) I love it because it really explains that Jesus Christ was a gift, because God is our loving Heavenly Father and desires that we can have the salvation.
And with that I have not just been thinking about his birth this year, but about his everlasting atonement, because that is really the gift that was given to us. That Jesus came to this earth so that he could bleed from every pore, suffering every pain and affliction that we can have in this life so that we could sin and feel pain and live, and not just live in this life, but have the opportunity of an eternal life as explained by Alma in the 7th chapter of the Book of Alma, "Y he aquí, nacerá de María, en Jerusalén, que es la tierra de nuestros antepasados, y siendo ella virgen, un vaso precioso y escogido, a quien se hará sombra y concebirá por el poder del Espíritu Santo, dará a luz un hijo, sí, aun el Hijo de Dios. Y él saldrá, sufriendo dolores, aflicciones y tentaciones de todas clases; y esto para que se cumpla la palabra que dice: Tomará sobre sí los dolores y las enfermedades de su pueblo. Y tomará sobre sí la muerte, para soltar las ligaduras de la muerte que sujetan a su pueblo; y sus enfermedades tomará él sobre sí, para que sus entrañas sean llenas de misericordia, según la carne, a fin de que según la carne sepa cómo socorrer a los de su pueblo, de acuerdo con las enfermedades de ellos." (And behold , he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, will give birth to a son, yea, even the Son of God. And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people, and this that the word he says is met. And he will take upon him death, which he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and disease will take upon him, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, so that the flesh knows how to succor his people according to their infirmities.) I love this scripture because it says He did all of that so that he could know how to comfort us in these times of difficultly and for us, all for YOU. And how blessed are we when we accept this gift. No one in this life will ever suffer everything that Jesus Christ did, and we can be eternally grateful for that gift.
Once Jeffery R. Holland said that the Atonement is central to our beliefs, whatever other belief we have is just a branch of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and that means that our minds and our hearts should always be focused in the grand sacrifice that he gave us. So that we can fully accept the gift this year.
And this Christmas I can testify with all of my heart that I know that He lives, He lived a perfect life, He died on the cross for us, and three days later He was rose up to live again, to give us all a resurrection. And that if we accept Him in our lives this Christmas season we can know an eternal happiness, His eternal Happiness. And this Christmas, yeah I will miss my family, but to be here in Perù testifying of this gift this Christmas is the greatest gift I could ask for. I Love God our Eternal Father. I Love His Son Jesus Christ and am grateful for his sacrifice for us, that all started with a virgin, giving birth in a small manger.
I Love you all,
Love Hermana Peters