Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Count Your Blessings

A few weeks ago I felt the whisper that I needed to share my thoughts on my blessings.
With Thanksgiving just a day away I felt that I needed to sit down and share my blessings.

There was a time I loved this time of year.
At Thanksgiving all my family would get together and the love that filled the home we were in would consume me.  Oh, how I loved that time; but in 98 that changed.
In 98 I had my beloved poppers at home and he was dying from bone cancer.
The week of Thanksgiving, my mother became very ill and I had to rush her to the ER.
At 3 am our trusted doctor was called in to visit with me.  He told me that my mother was very sick and that she probably would not make it through the night.

Words cannot even describe my feelings of helplessness and loss, I remember asking our doctor to "just shoot me now...I can't lose both my parents at one time."  He reassured me that I would be fine and for me to focus on my poppers and entrust him with my mom.  I have had many say, "Oh, the Lord is just given me to much to handle..."  I know that feeling well, I have had many painful moments where "it was much to handle."

When I left the hospital I was scared and unsure but that loyal friend whispered, "all will be well."
Thanksgiving was the worst.  I prepared a meal thinking that my poppers and I could share one last meal but he was so sick he could not even drink what I had pureed so that he could eat.
My mother was still at deaths door.
Those days proceeding Thanksgiving were horrible for me, I only share those details with a select few.

Nov 30th my beloved poppers was called home.  I was past devastated.  My mom slowly started to regain her strength so that I did not lose both my parents that year.
The day my poppers was called home I was emotionally and physically spent.
I felt as if I were going to tumble right over a ledge into a dark and deep abyss with no light in sight.
I know that my Heavenly Father was aware of my condition and though he took me right to edge
He never let me topple over it.

While my mom was here we did special things with special friends and what was left of our family for Thanksgiving, but in 2003 when she was called home that all ended.

Yesterday, I found myself at my vets office, our Fat Boy was not feeling well at all.
Last year he got extremely sick and I had a dream involving him and my poppers.
I knew that he was to special of a dog and that he would not live to be a ripe old age.
I just didn't know how long we had left with him.

As my vet and I were visiting I shared with him how I hated this time of year.
Him knowing my family understood why.
When I got his call my world once again came crashing down around me.
Fat Boy and I went for one last ride with him resting his head against my arm.
He loved being my co pilot.
He got to roll in the grass and play with his favorite ball wagging his tail and looking at me
with his adoring eyes.
He was truly a happy dog.

Time quickly passed and we found ourselves back at my trusted vet who lovingly ended our Zippers suffering.  He passed lying beside me with his head on my foot and me rubbing his ears.
My vet then gave me a hug and told me "You have my permission to hate this time of year."

When I got home Lucy Goosie was in the front yard honking at me, Chessie our new kittie that adopted us came running out to greet me rolling on the ground at my feet and jumping at me playing. Our seven ducks were quaking away and Li'l Girl was whinnying, running and bucking.
In the back yard Zipper's kids were rough housing and barking with Pip a Roan an Boomer a Rang waiting at the fence wagging their tales.
Everything seemed normal but in my heart there was a major piece gone.
Our Fat Boy would never again be at the door with his ball in his mouth and his tale a wagging to greet me.
Jobie and Sassy are going to be the only two to greet me now.

I wish I would have posted this blog last week when my heart wasn't breaking.
All my loved ones are on the other side and I miss them so very much.
 It is no fun being an orphan especially this time of year.

During the darkness of 98 I found myself crying out to Heavenly Father "why me, this isn't fair..."
Then I heard a loving voice singing these verses to me:

"When upon life's billow you are tempest tossed
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost
Count your many blessing name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Count your blessing name them one by one
Count your blessings see what God has done
Count your blessings
Name them one by one
Count your many blessings
see what God hath done"
(When upon Life's Billows)

So here are some of my blessings that I felt I needed to share:

1.  My testimony that I know I'm a Child of God and He loves and knows my name
2.  My being a part of  Coxy's army, the Bradshaw clan and my spouse.  I am so loved
3.  My critters that Heavenly Father created just for me
5.  My friends whom I call my family along with my adopted grand-mas and grand-pas
6.  Prophets that speak peace and encouragement to my heart
7.  Being temple worthy oh how I love the temples
8.  A believing and open heart that easily loves
9.  An inquiring mind I have asked and I have received
10. Faith that the Lord will never break a promise and that one day I will be reunited with my family
11. Snow oh how I love snow, "thou thy sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow."
12.  The knowledge of "The Worth of a Soul"
13.  My education that I  truly am an instrument in the Lord's hands in bringing a little peace to a struggling family
14.  My health overall the Lord has blessed me with good health
15.  Our Home, oh how I love our little "chicken coop"
16.  Eyes to see and ears that hear
17.  My little TDI Golf that is in a center of controversy
18.  My love of music and being able to play beautiful music
19.  My creativity of trying to create
20.  The conveniences that my parents and grand-parents never had
21.  Technology that has allowed to me track my family and keep in touch with friends
22.  Utah, that is where my family is buried and my two of my favorite temples are there
23.  Birthdays oh how I love birthdays
24.  Nature the Lord was truly an artist and how I love his creations
25.  Trials, they have refined me and have shown me in whom I can trust and they have made me a  better person
26.  The ability to read and write although my handwriting has went to hex, hard to read
27.  My freedom and liberties that come from my ancestors and others who put their lives on the line for me to retain my freedom and liberty how I love the United States
28.  Anniversaries in today's world it is sad that many marriages are ending up in divorce.
 I am so grateful for my parents and other family members examples.  
My parents were married 66 years and I had a beloved aunt and uncle who were married 72 years.
29.The power of Prayer.  How grateful I am for that communication with my Father in Heaven
30.  All the many talents my Heavenly Father has blessed me with.

Well that pretty well sums up a few of my blessings.  My greatest blessing and joy have been found in the knowledge that I am a Divine Daughter of God and He loves me and knows my name. Everything great in my life has been placed there by Him. 
I believe the sorrows in my life were also allowed by Him so that I could learn to love Him with all my heart might mind and strength.

So now I will close with a loving reminder to myself "God be with you til we Meet Again."
There is no doubt in my mind that I one day will be reunited with all the members of my family but until then "God be us us til we meet again."

May you all have a thankful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  
Enjoy them while they are here because one day Heavenly Father will call them back to their eternal home and leave you here to continue the work.

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Revelation Chapter 1"

My friend and I have made it through the first chapter of Revelations,
which introduces us to the Savior.

According to the author the book of Revelations was designed
 to give us instruction "about our responsibility."

"The book of Revelation is a letter addressed to the seven branches
 of the ancient churchon the West coast of modern Turkey."

"John sent the Revelation in an epistle because of
his imprisonment on the Isle of Patmos

"For the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." 
 (Revelation 1:9)

The major theme of the first chapter of Revelation is to give us a visual
of the Savior and his attributes;

"who he is and what he does for his people."

Throughout chapter one you will find descriptive attributes of Jesus, 
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"He is the first begotten of the dead."
"He is the beginning and the ending...
the Lord, which is, and which was,
and which is to come."
"prince of the kings of earth."
(Revelatios 1:5,8)
(Revelation 19:16)

"Jesus is certainly the prince, king, and lord of all earthly monarchs,
 but there is a deeper meaning in these titles..."And unto him who loved us, 
be glory; who washed us from our sins in his own blood, 
and hath made us kings and priests unto God, his Father." 
 (Revelations 1:6)

"Because of his love for us, and the cleansing power of his atonement...
we too may become kings and queens.  
Paul tells us that Melchizedek is really a title that means
 'King of righteousness'."  

Hebrews 7:2
"Jesus is the King of all kings of righteousness..." 

"If one of the major purposes of Revelation is to give us encouragement, we receive it almost immediately.  If myriads of people will return to reign with Christ--if tens of thousands are crowned kings and queens in his eternal realms--there is hope for each of us..."
 (Who will stand pgs 18-20)

"Golden Candlesticks"  our first major image appears in verse 12, "And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks."

In verse 20 we are told by John that the seven candlesticks represent the seven different churches to whom the epistle is addressed.
"...What John actually saw, however, was a seven branched menorah with a bowl at the top of each branch.  Each bowl held olive oil, into which a wick was placed and then providing light."

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In Matthew 5:15 Jesus described his disciples as "the light of the world..."
"Olive oil was a source of light and also of healing."  
(See the parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:34)

"To this day the olive has strong associations with peace.
 Light.  Healing.  Peace.
These are all attributes of the Spirit."

"In Revelation, the seven churches must be filled with the Spirit that they might bring light, healing and peace to the world.
The challenge has not changed for us today."
(Who Will Stand Pg 21) 

In Revelation 1:13 we are told where Christ is in relation to his churches. 
 "He is not an absentee ruler but dwells in the very midst of his people..."  
(Who will stand pg 21)

In chapters 2 and 3 John lets us know that Christ is aware of {our}specific strengths and problems of each church.

All the words used to describe the Savior emphasize one central point, 

"golden girdle, hairs white as wool, white as snow, 
flame of fire, fine brass burned in a furnace 
and countenance as the sun shineth in his strength." 
 "Each suggest purity.  
White is also a token of victory or triumph."  

In Revelation 1:5 John describes the voice of the Savior 
"as the sound of many waters."

Image result for images "Sound of rushing water"What would do you hear in your minds eyes with that description of the Saviors voice? 
(Who will stand pg 22)

The Seven Stars represent the angels of the seven churches.  (Revelation 1:16, 20)
The author, based on the Joseph Smith Translation changes "angels" with "Servants."

He relates that in a later image "the Church is shown as a radiant woman crowned with 12 stars."

"The most natural interpretation of the 12 stars is the 12 apostles." 
He then asks this question:
"Why might the apostles, in particular, be symbolized by stars? "
"In the ancient world people used the stars for navigation.  
People looked to them for direction because they were constant and unchanging." 
 (Who will Stand pg 23)

Revelation 12:4 John describes the expulsion of Lucifer and his followers from heaven.  
In chapter 12 he is rendered as the "red dragon and his followers are depicted as stars.

"Christ upholds his stars, his followers, 

while the adversary drags down those who choose him as their leader.  
As stars fall, they loose their light..."  

"....three groups are called stars:
athletes, movie celebrities and musical entertainers...
when we think of how much these groups influence the standards and directions of the age.  
Yet we would hardly call these groups constant and unchanging. 
If we want to get our moral, ethical, or spiritual bearing, 
we will be wise to look to the stars in the hands of the Savior..."
(Who Will Stand pg 24)

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Revelations   2:28 and 22:16 Christ calls himself "the bright and morning star." 
"Venus, though a planet, is often referred to 
as the morning star 
because it is the brightest one in the sky
and the last to fade with the intense light of the rising sun."

Revelation 8:10 and 9:1 We learn of Lucifer as a falling star.  

"The first syllable Luc, means "light."
Fer comes from a Latin root meaning "to carry."
"Lucifer was once the light-bearer but when he fell, his light was extinguished, 
leaving only darkness..."

"We can follow the fallen star or the morning one." 
"Sadly, though, Jesus is:
the light {that} shineth in the darkness
and the darkness compreheneded it not."
(John 1:15)
(Who will Stand pg 24)

Revelation 1:16 we are introduced to the "Two Edged Sword."

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D&C 6:2:  
"I am God; give heed unto my word which is quick and powerful,
 sharper than a two-edged sword."
In Revelation 12:15 we read how Lucifer tries to destroy the Church and in Chapter 16:13:

"I saw three unclean spirit like frogs come out the mouth of the dragon, 
and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet."

"If the sword from the mouth of Christ represents his truths, his gospel. 
then by contrast the flood and the frogs must signify the lies, 
falsehoods, and apostate doctrines of the devil..."
(Who will Stand pg 26)

Revelation 1:16-18 we are introduced to the "Key of David.  

In these verses we can visualize that the Savior is holding "the keys of hell and death."   

Death:  death of the body and Hell: death of the spirit.
(2 Nephi 9:10) 

"The fall of Adam resulted in these two deaths.  
The resurrection overcomes the first of these two deaths;
 the atoning blood of Christ's mercy overcomes the second."

Revelation 3:22 John is quoting Isaiah 22:22.  

"Death and hell, like a heavy door, bar us from the presence of our Father in Heaven. 
 But Christ's victory over them placed in his hand the key that can open that door..." 
(Who will stand pg 27)  Also see Revelation 3:8

The author closes chapter one with this beautiful message:

Knock at the Door Framed Art Print"Revelation begins with the dignity of Christ, with the reassuring comfort 
of his watchful care over his people.
 Since some of the images that follow in later chapters are more foreboding,
the sweet calm of the introductory one set the tone we must maintain as we move 
through the visions of Christ's beloved disciple.
The Savior loves us.  
His life and motives are pure...
He is in our midst...
His mouth will continue to speak
 the ennobling words of truth.
                                            His voice calms like running water.
                                                  His touch is one of tenderness and reassurance.
                                                   He has opened to door to our Father in Heaven,
                                                               and only our own volition
                                                                   can keep us from his welcoming embrace..."
                                                           (Who will Stand Pg 28)

Monday, November 16, 2015

“Answer Me”

"Answer Me"

Oh my goodness how I love Elder Maxwell.  His words tie right in with my earlier blog so just had to share his insightful questions.

Neal A. Maxwell
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

I join in welcoming all the new Brethren, including Elder Richard Scott to the Council of the Twelve.
Years ago, Elder Scott was called as a mission president. The distinguished admiral for whom he worked was puzzled and even upset that Elder Scott accepted that call. Later, that same admiral, a distinguished public servant, wrote a book called Why Not the Best? I suggest the admiral’s question concerning that call is answered in the title of his book, which has some applicability today as well, as the Lord has called one of “the best.”
Sincerely striving to follow Jesus will try our faith and our patience—sometimes sorely. (See Mosiah 23:21.) Even with all its travail, however, it is the trek of treks.
As we all know, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ gives us abundant answers. But Jesus also asked some searching questions which tell us even more about the stretching journey of discipleship. To those who inquired about His authority, Jesus, in turn, put a pointed question, saying, “Answer me.” They could not. (See Mark 11:29–30.) To all His applicable questions, the invitation “Answer me” stands to this day.
“Where are the nine?” inquired Jesus concerning the healed lepers who did not return with thanksgiving. (Luke 17:17; italics added.) How often are we like the nine? To receive God’s blessings without acknowledging their Source is to be unrealistic as well as ungrateful.
We offend God not only by our ingratitude, brothers and sisters, but also by not confessing His competent hand in bringing to pass His transcending purposes on the earth. (See D&C 59:21.) Too many actually doubt God’s plans will finally prevail. Not only in the years ahead, but even now, mortal self-sufficiency will be confounded. Profound fear will eventually pervade this perplexed planet. (See D&C 63:33D&C 88:91.) Would that mankind could live in faith, not fear—and with gratitude, not forgetfulness.
Besides, we are all beggars anyway (see Mosiah 4:19), beggars rescued by the Creator of the universe who lived humbly as a person “of no reputation.” (Philip. 2:7.) In contrast, we are sometimes so anxious about our personal images, when it is His image we should have in our countenances. (See Alma 5:14.)
“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath?” Jesus counter-challenged. (Mark 3:4; italics added.) Can we not keep the spirit of the law without leaving other things undone? Without such spiritual balance, staying on the straight and narrow path will be a great trial for us. (See 2 Cor. 3:6.)
Even seeking after things which are praiseworthy or lovely is accelerated by believing all the Articles of Faith which precede article thirteen. Similarly, the followers of the Ten Commandments are not divided into two vast platoons—one specializing in the “thou shalts” and the other in the “thou shalt nots.”
True orthodoxy consists of keeping the doctrines, ordinances, covenants, and programs of the Church and Christian service in proper balance. In this daily balancing process, we are not excused from exercising good judgment—after all that manuals and handbooks can do.
Whose image and superscription is on it? asked Jesus, using a coin now extinct, and exposing those seeking to entrap Him, while giving counsel relevant for as long as there are mortal rulers. (See Matt. 22:20.) Yes, to Caesar we owe taxes. But to God, in whose image we are minted, we owe ourselves!
In our members’ diverse and sometimes stressful situations the world over, can we not follow the twelfth article of faith, rendering appropriately unto God and Caesar? After all, Jesus’ immediate audience was a repressed people living under a military protectorate supporting corrupt civil authority.
If ye know how to give, how much more shall your Father give? (See Matt. 7:11.) Though imperfect, we mortals do good, sometimes much good. But can we keep mortal goodness in perspective? Comparatively, we are so much quicker to return favors and to pay our debts to mortals—and we should be responsive and grateful. But what of Him who gave us mortal life itself, who will erelong give us all immortality, and who proffers to the faithful the greatest gift of all, eternal life?
We are poor bookkeepers, indeed!
Why does this generation seek a sign? queried Jesus with a deep sigh. (See Mark 8:11.) The more wicked and adulterous the people of a particular period, the more they demand signs as a condition of belief. Sensual individuals crave and live by sensations. Disciples, instead, walk and “overcome by faith” (D&C 76:53), accepting gratefully the evidence of things not seen which are true (see Heb. 11:1Alma 32:21) and using quietly God’s spiritual gifts.
What desirest thou of me? the resurrected Jesus inquired one by one of the Nephite Twelve. (See 3 Ne. 28:1.) He knows our individual bearing capacities. He will lead us along, not herd us. (See D&C 78:18D&C 50:40.) Foremost, the gospel can even educate our desires; then these desires can work affirmatively in us and for us.
Are we really ready, however, for the responsibility and the high adventure of being tutored by Him who genuinely wishes to honor our individual desires, if we do not desire amiss?
As for what God gives differentially to others, we need not be concerned. Peter, inquiring about John’s future role, was asked by Jesus, “What is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22.) Sometimes, brothers and sisters, we do too much comparing and too little following. Sometimes also a few resent God’s having chosen someone else; perceiving themselves as passed over, they then go under spiritually.
“What think ye of Christ?” (Matt. 22:42.) However the world ignores or responds to it, this is the reverberating and the great question! (See Alma 34:5–6.) Can we answer with both our lives and our tongues, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”? (Matt. 16:16.) Until we can, whatever else we say and do will, in the end, make little difference.
“Will ye also go away?” (John 6:67), the Master asked His disciples after many of his fair-weather followers went back, and “walked no more with him.” (John 6:66.) The very process of daily living makes and breaks followers. Life’s stern seasons and storms overturn those not grounded and rooted. (See Eph. 3:17Col. 1:231 Pet. 5:10.) However, those who “believe and are sure” (John 6:69) about Jesus’ divinity do not panic, for instance, at the arrival of a new volley of fiery darts; they merely hold aloft the quenching shield of faith.
Such are but a few of Jesus’ searching questions.
May I add several much lesser questions of my own? Some are addressed to all, and some to members as we follow the counsel of an ancient prophet to “consider [our] ways.” (Hag. 1:7.)
Why is our life-style sometimes blurred and out of focus when we have been told clearly what “manner of men” and women we ought to be? (3 Ne. 27:27; see also 2 Pet. 3:11.) Of course, as individuals, we are free to choose! But wrong choices will make us less free. Furthermore, erosive error gradually makes one less and less of an individual. God and His prophets would spare us that shrinkage.
Why are a few members, who somewhat resemble the ancient Athenians, so eager to hear some new doubt or criticism? (See Acts 17:21.) Just as some weak members slip across a state line to gamble, a few go out of their way to have their doubts titillated. Instead of nourishing their faith, they are gambling “offshore” with their fragile faith. To the question “Will ye also go away?” these few would reply, “Oh, no, we merely want a weekend pass in order to go to a casino for critics or a clubhouse for cloak holders.” Such easily diverted members are not disciples but fair-weather followers.
Instead, true disciples are rightly described as steadfast and immovable, pressing forward with “a perfect brightness of hope.” (2 Ne. 31:20; see also D&C 49:23.)
Why do we resist and resent life’s developmental and obedience tests? By declaring, “I will walk in my own way and do that which is right in my own eyes,” we reject the curriculum of the mortal school in which we are irrevocably enrolled. (See Judg. 21:25D&C 1:16.) There is only one exit gate leading unto eternal life. Unhappily, only a few find it—but not because God is exclusionary, but because they exclude God from their lives. Even God cannot bring to pass a reconciliation involving only one party.
Why do some think adultery and similar sins are permissible as long as anything else they do is commendable? The Lord’s focus is not on the one thing we do which is good, but, instead, on the one or more things we still lack in order to have eternal life. (SeeMark 10:212 Pet. 1:9.) To compose a symphony, to win a battle, or to save a company—each can be a commendable and worthy entry in the book of life, but these do not fully compensate for breaking the seventh commandment. In the arithmetic of heaven, several commendables do not cancel out one inexcusable! The clear command from Jesus is to deny ourselves immorality and “to take up [the] cross daily,” not to indulge ourselves and to take up the cross occasionally! (Luke 9:23; see also 3 Ne. 12:30.) The Old Testament advises, “He that ruleth” himself is better “than he that taketh a city.” (Prov. 16:32.)
Why do some of our youth risk engaging in ritual prodigalism, intending to spend a season rebelling and acting out in Babylon and succumbing to that devilishly democratic “everybody does it”? Crowds cannot make right what God has declared to be wrong. Though planning to return later, many such stragglers find that alcohol, drugs, and pornography will not let go easily. Babylon does not give exit permits gladly. It is an ironic implementation of that ancient boast, “One soul shall not be lost.” (Moses 4:1.)
The philosophy of ritual prodigalism is “eat, drink, and be merry, … [and] God will beat us with a few stripes.” This is a cynical and shallow view of God, of self, and of life. God never can justify us “in committing a little sin.” (2 Ne. 28:8.) He is the God of the universe, not some night-court judge with whom we can haggle and plea bargain!
Of course God is forgiving! But He knows the intents of our hearts. He also knows what good we might have done while AWOL. In any case, what others do is no excuse for the disciple from whom much is required. (See Alma 39:4.) Besides, on the straight and narrow path, there are simply no corners to be cut. (See D&C 82:3.)
Why do some crush and break the tender hearts of spouses and children through insensitivity and even infidelity? Unable to sustain lasting relationships, shouting, in effect, “I am my own, I am in charge!” they retreat like cowards from their real responsibilities. (SeeJacob 2:35.) In such pathetic men or women, so strong is the competition between self-pity and self-indulgence that these urges both come in second! Furthermore, just as gender was of no saving significance in the self-destructive dash of the Gadarene swine to the sea, neither is it today.
God’s work is one of finding, helping, reconciling—not of leaving, betraying, and deserting. Betrayed Uriah, deserted in the fray, represents many. (See 2 Sam. 11:15.)
In closing, these next observations underscore both the majesty and the humility of Him who said simply, “Answer me.”
Though crucified briefly between two thieves, Jesus now sits eternally on the right hand of God! (See Luke 22:69;1 Pet. 3:22.) He is the Lord of the constructed universe, yet He was known merely as “the carpenter’s son.” (Matt. 13:55.)
He fashioned worlds without number, providing us with astrophysical awe when we view even “the least of these.” (D&C 88:47.) Yet, to aid just one blind man—with clay formed from spittle, “He from thick films [purged] the visual ray, / And on the sightless eyeball [poured] the day.” (Alexander Pope, in Frederic W. Farrar, The Life of Christ, New York: E. P. Dutton and Co., 1893, p. 394; see John 9:6.)
Jesus was weary but never bored. He was ever tutoring, but never condescending. His doctrines are like glistening diamonds with many dimensions, displaying their verity and beauty, facet by facet, depending on the faith and preparation of the beholder.
Jesus had access to immense power but never used it improperly. He refused to put on a show for sign-seeking Herod. (See Luke 23:8.) Legions of protective angels waited Christ’s command, a command which never came. (See Matt. 27:42.)
Jesus was often misunderstood and rejected. But He felt most forsaken and alone on Calvary—just as the final act of the Atonement was enveloping mankind in His eternal love. Ironically, during the moments when in agony He was benefiting billions upon billions of mortals, He was attended by only a faithful few.
His infinite atonement affected every age, every dispensation, and every person. (See 2 Ne. 9:72 Ne. 25:16.) Hence the appropriate symbolism of His bleeding at each and every pore—not just some—in order that “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor. 15:22.)
There will be no end to the ripples of the Resurrectionresulting from the infinite Atonement. There will be no end either to the posterity of those who receive eternal life—eventually more posterity than the stars in the heavens. (See Gen. 26:3–4.) How infinite indeed!
These observations describe only in small part Him who said, “Answer me,” reminding us from Whom that invitation has come. May we, brothers and sisters, answer Him with the entirety of our lives, sincerely singing, “We feel it a pleasure to serve thee, And love to obey thy command.” (Hymns, 1985, no. 19.) May we be thankful for all God’s prophets in every dispensation, including President Benson, I so pray in the name of the Lord of all the prophets, even Jesus Christ, amen.