Henry, age 3, and I were playing phone together with blocks. First, we pretended to call Papa. I said, “Henry! Papa is on the phone and he wants to talk to you!” So Henry held ‘the phone’ and pretended to talk to Papa about things he guessed Papa would want to talk about. (“Did you fix the bug in the computer, Papa?”) After saying good bye and I love you, he hung up the phone.
Then Henry made the ringing sound for the phone. He answered ‘the phone’, “hello?”
He passed the phone to me and said, “Mama, the phone is for you, it’s Jesus!”
This totally caught me off guard. Should I keep playing pretend?
Isaac, age 5, overheard this and came over and said, “Mama, what are you going to say to Jesus?”
Now two children are waiting to see what I’ll say.
I tried to keep playing pretend. “Hi Jesus, how are you?”
But, to be honest, the thoughts that came into my mind about the conversations that I would like to have with Jesus and the image of me in the face of my Savior left me speechless. Tears came to my eyes as I thought of how it would feel to be at the feet of Jesus- who loves so deeply and who knows so perfectly…
“Mama, talk to Jesus!”
I did my best to turn the moment into a teaching moment- In a few sentences, I tried to have a conversation with Jesus that would help my boys see how dearly He cares for our family. I tried to simply thank Jesus for the salvation from death and sin and darkness that He offers my family. And I promised Him that I would try to be a better mother.
Henry urgently whispered, “Mama, its my turn now!” I passed him the phone.
“I love you Jesus! Bye!”
Isaac went back to his game and Henry started building a tower with the blocks. Left to my thoughts, I pondered on the moment when I will see my Savior again.
Jesus Christ is real. As a Book of Mormon prophet testified:
Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; (Mosiah 27:31)
We testify of Christ. We study scriptures about Him. We think about His teachings. And one day we will kneel before Him.
What will we say to Him?
Enjoy the study today! I have really enjoyed putting this s’more together!
S: (Prayer/Ask) What will I say to Jesus when I see Him again?
- Watch this beautful 2 minute clip of living Prophets testifing of Christ
- Here are a few powerful tesimonies in writing from the Apostles. They know Him!
- As one of the Twelve Apostles, I bear witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives. He is our Redeemer and our Savior. “Through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved” (Articles of Faith 1:3). He presides over this Church. He is no stranger to His servants. As we move into the future with quiet confidence, His Spirit will be with us. There is no end to His power to bless and direct the lives of those who seek truth and righteousness. I bear witness of Him…(Boyd K. Packer 2014)
- As an ordained Apostle and special witness of Christ, I give to you my solemn witness that Jesus Christ is in fact the Son of God. He is the Messiah prophetically anticipated by Old Testament prophets. He is the Hope of Israel, for whose coming the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had prayed during the long centuries of prescribed worship. (Howard W. Hunter 1984)
- I give you my testimony of the glory and the reality of the great and glorious Atonement. I praise Jesus for enduring what He endured and for descending below all things in order to comprehend all things. I praise the Father for all that He experienced as He watched His Firstborn, His Beloved, and His Only Begotten, with whom He was well pleased, suffer all that Jesus suffered. I praise the Father for that divine empathy and whatever He endured and experienced in that moment. I testify that Jesus’ grip on Himself in that atoning axis between Gethsemane and Calvary was really mankind’s grip on immortality. Jesus finished His preparations, as He said, unto the children of men (see D&C 19:19). Now it remains for us as mortals to claim the blessings of the great Atonement. Our gratitude for Christ and His Atonement will grow with the years and the decades. It will never cease growing. And the scriptures foretell that we will praise Him forever and ever (see D&C 133:52). I so praise Him for the glorious and great Atonement and ask Him to bless all of us that we personally will claim, and in our ministries will help people claim, the blessings of that great Atonement, won at so great a cost. (Neal A. Maxwell 2001)
- It is now my privilege and blessing to leave you my witness and blessing. I do so as one of the special witnesses, declaring to you with all of the conviction of my being and every cell of my body, from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, that Jesus is the Christ and the Redeemer of the world and our Savior, the head of this Church. I know that He is close to the leadership of this Church. I know that His Spirit is available to all of us individually and in our callings. He lives. There is no question about that. I can testify with the same conviction and sureness as the brother of Jared. As he saw the finger of God, it is written, he believed no more, for he knew (see Ether 3:6, 19). (James E. Faust 2006)
- Of all that I have read and taught and learned, the one most precious and sacred truth that I have to offer is my special witness of Jesus Christ. He lives. I know He lives. I am His witness. And of Him I can testify. He is our Savior, our Redeemer. Of this I am certain. (Boyd K. Packer 2013)
- Read carefully one of the recorded tesimonies of Joseph Smith in Doctrine and Covenants 76
- Why does reading the testimonies of the Apostles help us in our own personal knowledge of Christ?
- Why is it “given to some to know” and “given to some to believe on the words of those who know”? (Doctrine and Covenants 46:13-14)
- For a few moments, close your eyes and imagine yourself in front of the Savior.
R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: What will I say to Jesus when I see Him again?) Also consider writing down the following:
- Write down 4 things for which you would thank Jesus.
- Write down 4 questions you wish you could ask Jesus.
E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.
The Challenge: Live today like you are going to see the Savior in the morning!
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