This week Claudia got baptized and it was an incredible experience! She worked very hard to be able to be baptized and she had tears in her eyes throughout the whole meeting. And anyone that knows me well will laugh at me for this but I sang at her baptism..It wasn't too bad but it wasn't too good either haha! But she is awesome and going to be a huge help to the ward and her family, I have grown to love that family a lot!!
This past week I was thinking about something I could do to better my studies and I realized something that really helped me..that everything in the Gospel revolves around the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is the base of everything that we believe! And everything else we do is basically to strengthen our testimony of our Savior, like reading the scriptures, praying, and keeping the commandments! So, I have been studying a lot about the Atonement, and how it really is the basis of everything!
I saw an example this week that I loved and would like to share. So with the fall of Adam and Eve, the results were that they were cut off from the presence of Heavenly Father, and subjected to death and sin. Because of this, we are also cut off from the presence of God, but we also have a way back to him. Now, the Atonement of Christ is like a bridge that we have to return back to the presence of Heavenly Father. But the neat thing about it being a bridge is that we still have to walk across it, it isn't a teleport system, which means that we still must do our part. Through living the Gospel daily, and following the teachings of Christ we slowly progress and move across this bridge to Eternal Life. But if we don't do our part, we cannot go across the bridge, we stop walking and the Atonement no longer has effect for us. To be able to have effect, we must keep walking across the bridge, and never stop! Through constant repentance this is possible! And the great thing is, if we are doing our best to get across the bridge, we will have all the help we need from the Grace of the Lord. This is a perfect plan, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is perfect.
Now, I also came across a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants that I loved and that shows really well Christ´s role and love for us. D&C 45:3-5 says
|Elder Yeoman, Claudia and Elder Thompson|
|Elder Lugo (companion), Elder Nina, Elder Yeoman, Claudia and Elder Thompson|
|Hermana Majorana and Claudia|
|Claudia and Elder Yeoman right after Baptism|
|Teaching Claudia how to hold up the 3 pointer (basketball sign)|
|She's almost got it!!|
|Even Claudia's husband is holding up the 'Three Sign"|