“Putting Away Jesus”

Near the Christmas holiday, I heard a mother relate a story on the radio. At the end of one Christmas season, she was packing up the nativity set and her daughter questioned her about why she was putting away Jesus. The question had such a profound effect on the mother that the nativity set became a permanent, year-round addition to the home’s decor.

In the same way, I am “putting away Jesus.” I feel strongly that I have spent enough time bearing testimony to the different aspects of the Savior and his importance in my life. I hope I have inspired you, my readers, to think more deeply about how Jesus affects the way you life your life and to consider ways to put Him more firmly in the center. Even so, there are infinite facets of the gospel to consider, and I feel that the Holy Spirit is prompting me to move on.

So, in closing down this series on my blog, I would like to bear my personal witness of Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. I want to let anyone who reads this post know that, through the witness of the Holy Spirit, I know that Christ lives. I know that He is real. I know that He knows me personally and is intimately involved in the details of my life. I also know that if He will do these things for someone as insignificant and imperfect as I am, He will do these things for anyone.

I love my Savior! I am grateful for every teaching He has given, both through His own voice, and the voice of His servants, the prophets. I am grateful that He has seen fit to call prophets again today, and that He uses meek and humble men to lead His church as He wills.

I am grateful for the gift of agency, that faith and obedience are never forced, but that I (and everyone else) have the opportunity to choose. I am grateful that I have had numerous experiences that teach me that my Savior is bigger than the chaos, evil, and bad choices that are a part of this mortal experience.  I am grateful that He wants to teach me how things things fit perfectly into His plan.

I am grateful for the faith that anchors my soul in the storms of life and for the commandments and expectations that stretch me to become more refined in character than I ever would have imagined becoming on my own. I am grateful that I have received sacred witness that we have not been abandoned on this planet to do our best, but that we are being watched over every second of our lives. I am grateful that I can receive guidance by following the processes given in holy scripture.

I know that Christ is the author of the plan of salvation. Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, he framed this world and put the plan in motion. He willingly committed  to be our Savior. He taught, loved, healed, and set the example in every good thing during his time on this earth. He somehow understands everything about me because He experienced it in Gethsemane. On Calvary, he became the great and last sacrifice needed to atone for my sins and failings. His victory over sin and death allows Him to call me to a covenant of repentance and obedience that He helps me keep.

He truly is Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace.