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November 10, 2020 - What He did for me

Ponder the truths and think of the impact those truths will have on your life if you will hear them, hearken to them, and heed the commandments and covenants that accompany them.

President Russell M. Nelson, "Hear Him", General Conference, April 2020

And while we meditated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened - D&C 76:19
Behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. - D&C 9:8

There is something powerful when we focus on eternal, spiritual things. When we take a moment and just be mindful and meditate, or ponder. When we remove ourselves from the chaos of the day and reflect in quietness, in solitude.

We will hear the Lord speaking to us. We may not receive a grand vision, but we will, nevertheless, receive personal revelation.

Not only will we receive guidance but our minds will be quieted. We will receive peace. We will receive mental and emotional strength. Fear will dissipate. Worries will cease.

For a few minutes a day, I try to sit quietly and focus on the Savior. Only a few minutes. I focus on what He did as it pertains to me...personally. I visualize Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. I visualize Him uttering my name, my very own name, while He's suffering on bended knee. Not because I caused Him sheer pain and agony, which I did, as if it was too much for Him and He was begging me to stop.... but because He is exhorting me to take this gift He is offering and use it to overcome my weaknesses. Pleading with me. So that He didn't sacrifice in vain, needlessly...for me.

I visualize Him pleading with His Father on my behalf. Telling Him to go easy on me. Not to excuse what I've done and what I will yet do, but because my heart's in the right place. Because I am trying.

While the Savior was going through His ordeal on earth...for me....for you, I am certain I was looking down from the premortal world watching. I visualize that. I visualize the pain, the heart wrenching agony. I can hear Him speak my name, to me up in heaven and to His Father. I can picture that. That brings a different perspective to what He did for me. And what He's still doing for me.

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