Taking a break from any formal post of an academic nature, I wish to reflect on the Temple visit I spent tonight with my fellow Brothers in Christ in the Priest’s Quorum. The Gilbert Temple is a beautiful House of prayer, worship, and peace and while there we were able to read the scriptures, reflect on the Savior, and be baptized on behalf of those who are dead so that they might be able to enter into further into a covenant relationship with Him. While inside I took the time to read, study, and contemplate the words contained in 1st John in the New Testament. 1st John chapter 1, verses 5-9 especially spoke to me tonight:
“5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I have full confidence in the healing, strengthening, and saving power of Christ’s Grace and the Infinite Atonement which he wrought on our behalf. I know that through this Grace, we can be cleansed of all our imperfections, weaknesses, and sins (and I can easily say that I have the most), as we strive to grow in Faith, Union, and Discipleship with him. Such is my testimony that Christ lives and if we have Him, we have all we could ever need.