As I have grown in my adoration of Jesus Christ, my language has changed from wonder to worship. I don’t refer to Christ any more as my “Elder Brother” because it so magnificently understates our relationship. He is my God, my Salvation, and the lover and exalter of my soul. I depend upon Him for every part of my life and my hope of exaltation.
Like Darrell, I have wondered why in the LDS culture we speak so little of the reverential and worshipful language of Christ. It came to me one day that the reason is simple – we are in post Nauvoo stress disorder. When our former brethren in the cause of Christ were thrown out of Nauvoo, in that dark time they were killed, raped and beat and driven from their homes by evil people shouting authority from Christ.
At some point, our former latter-day fathers decided to never be like them, and even while believing in Christ and teaching of Christ, they eliminated the language of Christ because it had wounded their ears and hearts and loved ones long ago. I am also pretty sure this is why we don’t have stained glass windows and crosses on and in our buildings, not because they are bad, but to not be like “them”.
As I have said many times, I believe there is a growing and powerful revival taking place in the latter-day arena. Doctrine which has been known but obscure for 175 years is now commonplace, and the language of Christ is being spoken again.
When I was in the Stake Presidency in my previous stake, I constantly pressed to make every Stake meeting and event Christ-centered. It made a difference. While in the Bishopric, I always assigned Sacrament Meeting talks to be about Christ, and urged people on Fast day to testify of Christ. It really does make a difference.
In our new Utah ward, almost every fast and testimony speaker speaks of their adoration of Christ. Little kids stand up and say first, “I love Jesus Christ,” and then on with their little testimonies of family and Joseph Smith and other things. The reason this is so is because the leadership of this ward speak the adoring words of Christ, and the leaders of the Stake speak this way. The children’s words mirror what they see.
So, here is a gift we of the Un-Blog possess, and one we can share. Whenever you talk, teach or testify – have courage and speak the words of Christ. Adore him openly, and thank Heavenly Father for the gift of His son every time you testify. Don’t push the envelope beyond where the Spirit leads you. Just say a little more than others who testify.
This is a powerful thing, because others will feel the Holy Spirit warm their souls, and they will open their mouths in their time. We can begin to do as Nephi taught us about 2600 years ago.
“We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we prophecy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26)
What say you?
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