The gospel gives us the tools to enter into the sacred “I thou” space and meet God; the church provides the laboratory.
Some have characterized this as “the loophole in the gospel”. If we require a tremendous amount of mercy to be saved, then Christ is teaching us here that we'll need to be merciful in equal measure.
I hope that tomorrow morning I will rise from my bed and find that I am a more compassionate person because of the things I did today, I also hope that this pattern is one that I can follow as I strive to learn to love the Savior more fully.
One of my favorite things to do each year is sit in our living room with a cup of hot cocoa and admire our Christmas tree after the kids have all gone to bed. For me light is an important part of the holiday because of it's symbolic allusions to Christ.
Sometimes I wonder if the language we use when our faith develops or changes biases the possibilities we see.
Today I feel I understand better the true cleansing power of the Atonement. My family was breaking because of my sin, but we are more “at one” because of our return to the Savior.
We have to see others not as the source of our pain, but as flawed human beings also in pain and need of help from divinity. To do this we have to let go of our hurt. We need to freely forgive.