Monday, October 29, 2012

Week #2

In only twelve days at the MTC I filled up an entire notebook. Yes. That's right. An entire notebook. The thing is though, that it's been filled, but... Last night we watched an MTC Devotional given by Elder David A. Bednar entitled "The Character of Christ" from Christmas Day, 2011 (I believe). In it he talked about how instead of "turning in" during hard moments, etc., the Savior turned, "out" to help others. That has to do with the charity I ask you to pray for me prayers. Before he dove into the talk deeply, he talked about taking notes - and it's also something which Elder Mena has talked about to me - that if we "try to jot down every little thing, we won't use those notes", something like that - along those lines. He spoke about the "Large Plates," and the "Small Plates." One of the things which I can work on is listening for the Spirit, seeking inspiration. I did that kind of thing a bit last week during the first Sunday Devotional, but I could improve in that regard. In relation to all of this, during one of my online assessment things, one of the things it talked about was stopping while reading, and thinking. I could be more receptive to the Spirit, and learn to slow down. Listen for insights, instead of jotting down every little word or lots of phrases. The little notebook I received is a blessing - thank you for that. The fact that my other one is full, and that I am going to try a different approach, the smaller book should hopefully suffice and allow me to focus on the Spirit, and more important points. That was a sort of small moment, a side-track ish, of Elder Bednar's talk. His talk was more fully about "conversion" and "putting off the natural man." Being more self-less like the Savior, less selfish like ourselves. "This is how we become converted." Something like that, or whatever.

One insight which I got from his talk involved the night of the Savior's betrayal. After Peter cuts off the guards ear, the Savior heals him. Elder Bednar spoke about His "turning outward" or however. One thought that came to me was along the lines of this: the Savior just suffered through the Atonement in the Garden. He had felt all of the pains of everyone (that was all during that part right?), and He had perfect compassion for that guard. As Alma 7 (I think) talks about all of the things which He took upon himself for us, He knew the pains of everyone. The Savior knew exactly how that guard felt. Even amid all of the suffering which He had just felt, the Savior had perfect compassion on that soldier. He knew what it felt like to have his ear cut off like that. He "succor[ed]" him - He ran to help him as it were. The Savior loves each and every one of us. Not only did He have compassion on that guard, He knew how he felt, and He took care of helping him in his time of need. The savior succors us. (In the Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon, where the English says "succor" - which means "to run to" or whatever - according to note I wrote in from a Seminary teacher I believe, the word it uses is "socorrer" or something like that, which is more directly related in that language to its relative "correr" - which is "to run." He loves us.

Another thing along this line, is that in His time of suffering and pain, instead of quitting to help Himself feel better, and end His suffering, the Savior continued to suffer for each and every one of us. He, as Elder Bednar said, "turned outward." He atoned for each and every one of us. Our loving Heavenly Father allowed His perfect Son to suffer for us.  Imperfect, weak, us. They both love us and want us to return to live with Them.

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