Today was the most inspiring and wonderful sacrament experience I’ve had in probably close to 6 months. It’s quite possible that God was trying to teach me/remind me that there are rewards and blessings for doing things you don’t want to do. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning to attend church, but I’m sure glad I did. Here is why:
The first speaker spoke about the significance of the insitution and ordinance of the sacrament. Something that had never occurred to me before was that Christ and His apostles went and instituted the sacrament in an “upper room” which reminded me of the weekly meeting our modern day Prophet and apostles hold in the Holy of Holies in the Salt Lake City Temple. The symbolism there, and the “coincidence” (I use quotations because there is no such thing as coincidence) touched me because it reminded me just how closely The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is patterned after the teachings and sacred customs and ordinances that Christ instituted and participated in while He was here on the earth, physically leading and guiding the church.
The second speaker spoke about “Living a Christ Centered Life” which was a talk given in the most recent general conference.She brought up many good points, but one thing she shared was especially intriguing to me.
She shared a story about a friend who has this glass, crystal wand thing that you ate supposed to “swirl around in a glass of water and it rejuvenates your water” and make it into some spectacular healing potion… Anyway, this friend told her, “Water is life and it is the most beneficial thing to our whole being.”
Water is definitely necessary and helpful, but the real water of life, Jesus
Christ, is clearly the most beneficial and influential thing we will ever encounter.
The speaker went on to say that her friend uses this water wand for 7 minutes everyday, and like this woman believes it’s “the most beneficial thing” the speaker suggested that we all make a 7 minute regimine, or routine everyday but dedicate it to Christ. Maybe this means you read your scriptures for 7 extra minutes, or say a special 7 minute prayer, or read a book about Christ for 7 minutes (i.e. Jesus The Christ or, an ensign article, etc.) And spend at least 7 minutes a day “rejuvenating” your relationship with Christ.
I really appreciated this simple, yet profound idea. In my mission there is a mind set of teaching with simplicity, and intensity. Small and simple act, or lessons, or regimines can have an intense impact on your wellbeing and relationships.
I’m grateful for inspired speakers, and for having served in a mission where the motto was “I LOVE TOUGH THINGS! I AM THE FIRST TO DO TOUGH THINGS! I DO TOUGH THINGS FIRST! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!” Because with out that popping into my head this morning, I would have done the easy thing and missed this wonderfully uplifting experience.
I know the church is true. I know I matter to God. I know my Savior lives and loves me, and He loves you too.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.