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Easter Visits

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We spent some of our Easter time on Skype (yes, I like Skype) with extended and immediate family.  I’ve already blogged about how incredibly miraculous the technology is.  Yesterday I noticed a few of the people we “visited” remotely had little else going to celebrate the day, and/or few other people to visit with.

 

Thought for me.  Even when we get busy with our own lives, how much time does it take to pick up the phone, or click “call” on the computer?  We have no excuses to not stay in touch with those who may need us.

 

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Gethsemane

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I’m going through some audio tapes from 1984, when we spent Easter in the Holy Land.  I was going to upload a clip of the audio, but it won’t let me.  Here is a rough transcription. It is a recording from Daniel Rona, recorded with permission for personal use.

 

 

 

“Gethsemane (on Mt. Of Olives)= vineyard, or orchard where wine is pressed. Geth = garden Sheme = oil, or stuff you squeeze out. How do you recognize a wine press person – feet and clothing stained red.

 

 

 

Read from scriptures. (matthew – 8 verses) Most significant thing that has ever happened. The public part, happened at the rock quarry. The crucifixion was a public atonement – for everyone. Gethsemane not for everyone, only for those who take advantage of it through repentance.

 

Here the Savior suffered for our sins (and we say it much to easily.) We are basically good people trying to do the best we can, and we can’t even stand in for our own children, and we can’t take away their hurts, or our own. He even atoned for those trying to be wicked. We don’t have comprehension what he went through that night. Story – Elder Faust. He stood under these trees and said, “I’ve been here before.” He felt so unworthy when he was called to the quorm of the 12, that he was in actual pain, and felt he couldn’t do it. He hurt like he never hurt before. Pres. Kimball replied that they understood, because they had all gone through it. He was trying to explain that this was like the cup being pressed to his lips. He did not have to drink it. He felt he had been to Gethsemane before. It takes a long time for us to come close to comprehending what the Savior went through, just because of who we are. I’m grateful for it, I want it. He said “Repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, .and your sufferings be sore, how hard to bear, etc.” Find scripture

 

He hurt so much that night that he bled from every pore of his body. What did he look like? D&C 46? Who is this, who cometh down. 133: “He shall say, I am he . . . red in his apparel. The sun shall hide his face in shame. Etc

 

With this horrendous experience, he came down and found the disciples asleep. As he arrived he told them to sleep, then told them to wake and said He is at hand who will betray me, and the multitude, of Jewish policemen, came. Judas kissed him. Scripture. Can you imagine the man whose ear was put back on, explaining how he arrested Christ? Scripture reprieving Peter. Scripture reprieving them for abducting him at night. It is illegal, according to Jewish law to arrest someone at night, unless you catch him in the very act. And they came with swords and staves to take him. It was a full moon, significant night, the night before most people would celebrate the deliverance of the People of Israel out of Israel, and look forward to a deliverer, to live again, that he paid for our mistakes. It was so much that he bled from every pore. That night he paid for our mistakes so that we wouldn’t have to. We have to pay for our mistakes in another way. We have to only by stopping them, replacing them with blessings for others”

 

 

 

 

Lilacs

I have the blackest thumb in town.  Yet, there is one – and only one – flower I have not managed to kill yet.  We have some lilac bushes in our side yard.  They are not thriving, but they are not dead either.  They bloom for one week a year.  They started blooming this week.  It looks like we may have lilac’s in bloom this year for Easter.  How fun!

lilac Syringa vulgaris in bloom

Miracle of the Resurrection

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For our 20th anniversary celebration this evening, our 12 year old son suggested that we go to the St. George visitors center and talk about the temple.  Great idea, so we did.

While we were there we listened to some missionaries testify about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ to an exchange student who had never heard of Christ.  I have grown up my entire life knowing of Christ, reading the bible, and believing in a literal resurrection.  It still brought tears to my eyes to hear the elders testify again of Christ.  I realized that this young man they were teaching had never heard about his Savior before.  What a miracle that must have sounded like to him.  So, today’s miracle is simply an acknowledgment of the greatest miracle of all.  That Christ lives, and that he loves us all.

 

 

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