Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I Stand all Amazed

Today's study was an article from The Encyclopedia of Mormonism written by Jeffrey R Holland. I'm pretty sure that's just the article. I don't know wether or not he wrote the whole thing or not. I do know that it was a really good read though. It encompassed many aspects of the atonement and brought to mind many different ways i have seen the Atonement work in my life and in others. One memory of mine that really stood out to me was from my mission, surprise, surprise. IT was about a district meeting. President Ludwig was talking about how Christ had volunteered for the role He played in this life. That he did it out of love for the Father and love for us. He then paused and mentioned that he (President Ludwig) was not quite sure the Christ knew exactly what He had volunteered for. But that it didn't really matter if He did or did not understand, what mattered is how He met the challenge. That He did not shrink. That He kept His word. President Ludwig applied this to us as missionaries explaining that as children of God is it written into our being to desire goodness. That we are not always fully aware of what we are volunteering to do, but that what really matters is how we meet those challenges. That we do not shrink. That we keep our word.
On a slightly unrelated note, I have faced a lot of confusion in my life recently. I hate it. I cannot wait for it to be done and over with. To be able to see and understand and feel a bit more confident about my life and my story and my role in it. In the article I read Elder Holland Highlighted a stanza of a hymn that I have always loved that speaks about confusion in a much more positive way than I've been feeling it. In the midst of everything else.

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. 
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, 
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, He bled and died. 
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! 
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me! [Hymns, p. 193].
This is where I, or anyone for that matter, can find find my solace.


  1. There is an awesome article in this month's Ensign (March) on the atonement. If you haven't yet read it you should. I think you would like it. Enjoying your blog :)

    1. For anyone interested here is the article she was referring to. It was good.