Are you all a little tired of The Road Show yet? It's ok, you can be honest. I will admit I'm a little tired of it! I love it and am happy with it and hope it does very well. And, I'm sure I'll be blogging more about it in days to come. But how about we change the subject today?
I do apologize for being behind on my reading of all your blogs. It's been a youth trip to Palmyra, then a youth conference and work stuff and Road Show stuff, so I'm a bit behind. I'll get caught up, though.
For a few months now, I went back to reading the four gospels in the New Testament. I felt myself wanting to reconnect to the Savior. I wanted to refresh my understanding of His life and ministry. I want to be able to follow His example--and to do that, His example needs to be fresh and clear in my mind.
It has been a wonderful experience, a reminder of things I've learned before, and a chance to learn things I had not considered. I've decided all start blogging about some of the thoughts I've had because, well, because I want to and this is my blog. A lot of the things I've noticed this time have to do with discipleship--what it is and how it seems to work. I've noticed some patterns that seem common in the experiences of all that came to Christ then. I think they are still in place for those who come to Him today.
When I opened up to the first page of the Book of Matthew a few months ago, I was overwhelmed by a sweet and profound peace. The strength and comprehensiveness of this peace overwhelmed me. It was like I was returning to a special place, a safe place, a place I knew well. The Book of Mormon uses a phrase I like, "encircled...in the arms of his love." (2 Nephi 1:15). That was how I felt that night.
My spirit bathed in the warmth and love and peace that flowed from my reading that night and when I was finished, i went to sleep, feeling exactly like a small child wrapped in his father's loving embrace.
It's not that the scriptures in the opening of Matthew are so beautiful or powerful that they stirred my spirit. To the contrary--it's 17 verses of "begats". But that was when I felt this love and peace.
It is a little like passing through a very plain front porch and entryway into a home where your parents or grandparents live--a warm and cozy place you feel safe and loved.
But beyond that, I think it was the Holy Spirit saying, "Yes, this is where you should be tonight," validating my attempt to reconnect and renew my acquaintance with my Master.
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