Saturday, December 11, 2010

Learning from the Wise

Today was an awesome day. I got to do some of the usual Saturday activities and join in with the hustle and bustle of society. But the moment that probably stands out to me the most was when I was able to visit with a woman who has lived many more years than I have and now is struggling with cancer.
At first I couldn't even tell that she was dealing with cancer, her attitude and good humor seemed to be at its best. As our conversation continued I then found out what she was going through with treatments and so forth. But it all seemed not to phase her much. She had a glow about her.
Our discussion turned towards the scriptures and Jesus Christ. We discussed the sacrifice that He made for all of us, and the blessings that come because of that. When asked what that meant to her she went silent for a moment and then said that she better not answer that question because it would make her cry to talk about it. With thinking back on that experience, I firmly believe that that was the key to her behavior. She can struggle in health with a laugh, and face aging with a smile because she knows that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
The Book of Mormon witness' that Jesus is the Christ. In the Book of Mosiah it says,
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Mosiah 14: 3-5)
I also testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I know that if it weren't for Him, I would be able to do nothing. I love Him, and He loves us all.

With Love,

Elder Meldrum

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