Thursday, January 8, 2015

Letter 1/4/15

(Hand written letter from Desiree sent Jan. 5, 2015)

Dear Blog,
     Today I'm just going to do what's on my mind for the blog.
     I think what I've been thinking about is how love is such a powerful thing.  Literally it binds people to each other.  I literally feel an ounce of love could fix a gallon of problems.
     Now don't misunderstand me - I'm not by any means perfectly loving.  No way. But I try again every day.
     We have a perfect example of love in our Savior.  He loved us enough to give everything.
     Everything in the Gospel makes sense because of the love of God.  It's the framework to the Plan of Salvation, it's the reason for the Restoration, and it's the point of the Gospel of Christ.
     The atonement itself - the center of all doctrine - is a supreme act of love.
     God is love - not the superficial, human, flaky mirage of love, but true, pure, perfect, eternal love.
     It isn't love to leave us to be whatever we want.  It isn't love to let us run wild.  It isn't love to be confusing.
     It is love to help us embrace our divine potential.  It is love to teach us wisdom.  It is love to reveal pure doctrine.
     God loves us so much.  He loves us so much that he sent his perfect son to be reviled, demeaned, rejected, and murdered.  Why?  Because he knew.  He knew what that sacrifice would mean to us.  He knew it would save us.
     Love has given us a way.  One way.  The only way.  Love has given us everything we need to know.
     Perhaps it would be best of us to reflect on the question Christ posed to His servant Peter on the shores of Galilee, "Lovest thou me?"
     Then, perhaps, it might be wise of us to reflect on the reply our Savior gave so directly, "Feed my sheep."
     As our heart fill with the selfless love of our Savior, our hearts are changed like unto his.  This is joy.  This is what we are meant to be.  May we each be so.

With love,
Sister Short

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