On Facebook this morning, a cousin reminded me (and the rest of her FB friends) that today is Good Friday.
I don't celebrate "Good Friday" and to be honest, don't really know what that means, but I'm pretty sure it's the Friday before Easter and has something to do with Christ's death and His body being placed in the tomb. Am I close? Maybe I should research things before I blog about them, huh?
As I read her reminder today, I was astounded by the fact that I am reading the PERFECT chapter for this season--the season of Easter--the time of the resurrection and Atonement of Jesus Christ.
When I was a missionary, Ed J. Pinegar was the President of the Missionary Training Center (MTC). Each day, his voice would come over the P.A., and he'd give us missionaries a little mini-devotional. I loved hearing his fatherly voice. It was so wonderful to hear his uplifting messages. One thing I remember particularly, because I wanted to do it and be touched by it like he said I would, was to spend an entire week just reading and pondering 2 Nephi 9.
I tried it. I really did, but I didn't get it any more than I had in the past.
This is where I've found myself for the past three days. Yesterday I got up to verse 20, and today I progressed an entire five verses in a half hour. Tomorrow I will start on verse 26. I didn't go into this chapter consciously thinking I would follow President Pinegar's admonition. As I progressed so slowly through the meat of this chapter, I looked to see just what chapter I was studying; it was only then that it dawned on me that it was that chapter.
Here I am, more than twenty years later, finally getting what President Pinegar meant. Some of us are a bit remedial.
Today, as I finished verse 25, I concluded that this life is all about only one choice. One! My notes now read: "The Atonement: take it or leave it."
Take a minute and read 2 Nephi 9. It puts the entire issue in black and white. Wonderful! While you're at it, take a look at Mosiah 3:19, which I have referred to a number of times while reading these past couple days. It especially ties in with 2 Nephi 9:19 (it defines what a saint is and therefore, defines what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means--just in case you were wondering).