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I find myself repeatedly asking the following questions as I ponder this and other events that took place so close bednqr the Savior’s suffering in the garden and His betrayal: Discourses of Brigham Youngp.
Chaeacter Young further taught that faith must be focused upon Jesus’ character, in His Atonement, and in the Father’s plan of salvation:. How could He pray for the well-being and unity of others immediately before His own anguish? He said, “There would have been no Atonement except for the character of Christ. Indeed we must honor our covenants and live worthily and do all that we can do to qualify for the gift; but ultimately the gift of charity possesses us—we do not posses it see Moroni 7: What enabled Him to seek comfort and peace for those whose need was so much less than His?
Chagacter was urgency in her voice, but there was no panic or excessive alarm. Indeed, the depth chrust suffering hcrist compassion is intimately linked to the depth of love felt by the ministering one.
In a moment of ultimate grief, this dear friend reached outward when I likely would have turned inward. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: Angels did not come and minister to the Savior; rather, the Savior, in His own state of spiritual, mental, and physical distress, sent angels to minister to John.
She further reported that the identity of the deceased young woman was not yet known. Consider the scene as Jesus emerged from His awful suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane.
We can in mortality seek to be blessed with and develop essential elements of a Christlike character. This morning I hope to share with you just a few of the learnings that have come to my mind and heart as I have attempted to more fully appreciate this teaching by Elder Maxwell.
I was listening to this good woman in the very moment that she learned of the death of her precious daughter. It was a meaningful and memorable time of spiritual enrichment, learning, and edification. Charity is not a trait or characteristic we acquire exclusively through our own purposive persistence and determination.
We appropriately and rightly speak with reverence and awe of young men who sacrificed their lives to rescue stranded handcart pioneers and of other mighty men and women who repeatedly gave their all to establish the Church in the early days of the Restoration.
Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring chriist things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
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I conclude now by returning to where I began–the statement by Elder Maxwell in that special training session last September: Also noteworthy is the similarity between the words char acter and char ity–as both words contain the letters C, H, A, and R. I have just returned from the funeral home, and they have helped my daughter to look so lovely again.
Recognizing that He Himself was about to intensely and personally experience the absence of both comfort and peace, and in a moment when His heart was perhaps troubled and afraid, the Master reached outward and offered to others the very blessings that could and would have strengthened Him. Without Jesus’ sublime character there could have been no sublime atonement!
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And clearly we are being blessed with this marvelous gift as we increasingly reach outward when the natural man or woman in us would typically turn inward. Just hours before the funeral of her only child, this remarkable Relief Society president prepared and delivered a meal to the murmuring sister. When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? In the upper room on the night of the Last Supper, the very night during which He would experience the greatest suffering that ever took place in all of the worlds created by Him, Christ spoke about the Comforter and peace:.
Nevertheless, I believe there are several conceptual connections that are important for us to consider and ponder. On the day of her daughter’s funeral, this Relief Society president from my home ward received a phone call from an irritated sister in our ward.
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Indeed, it is possible for us as mortals to strive in righteousness to receive the spiritual gifts charatcer with the capacity to reach outward and appropriately respond to other people who are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us.
If such a capacity is indeed the ultimate criterion of moral character, then the Savior of the world is the perfect example of such a consistent and charitable character. Maxwell — taught a principle that has impressed me deeply and been the focus for much of my studying, reflecting, and pondering.
We must let them know as much as we can about the condition of their daughters and that they will soon be in the hospital in Fayetteville.
This verse in the King James version of the New Testament clearly indicates that angels came and ministered to the Savior after the devil had departed. I speak with equal reverence and awe of these two women–women of faith and character and conversion–who taught me so much and instinctively reached outward when chirst of us would have turned inward.