After asking those questions, I pointed out how the birth of Christ was both a point of change and a point of celebration and gave specific examples.
QUOTE – President Holland First Presidency Devotional
“He was the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:6) in the great plan of mercy who would eventually ‘preach good tidings unto the meek; … bind up the brokenhearted, … proclaim liberty to the captives, and [open] the prison to them that are bound,’” (Isaiah 61:1).
To accomplish that mission, Elder Holland said, “He would tread the wine press of redemption utterly and entirely alone, with no mortal companion who would aid Him and no heavenly companion who could. In bearing all the sins and sorrows of mortality, He would bring the incomprehensible gift of salvation to the entire human family from Adam to the end of the world. In the full course of His journey, He would be the Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls (1 Peter 2:25), the Great High Priest of our Profession (Hebrews 3:1), the free-flowing Fountain of all Righteousness (Ether 8:26).”
All those duties and demands would be met. “But not this night,” Elder Holland said. “Here He was just a baby in the arms of a mother who adored Him, watched over by a father who was gentle and strong.”
QUOTE – Sister Reyna Aburto 2018 General Conference Talk
“Let us all remember that our Savior, Jesus Christ, “[has taken] upon him [our] infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know … how to succor [us] according to [our] infirmities.” He came “to bind up the brokenhearted, … to comfort all that mourn; … to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”
- Reyna Aburto: Through Cloud & Sunshine Lord, Abide with Me
We talked about some of the paradoxes going on in our lives today. I think that for women, the increased executive functioning load of "getting Christmas together" - the Nativities, the caroling, the presents, the meals, the everything increases the contrast between disconnect and connection, tension and peace, growth and regression.
QUOTE – President Holland October 2020 General Conference Talk
What are some of the verbs – actions in this quote from President Holland? These verbs can guide us in the decisions we make dealing with the more extreme paradoxes we find ourselves in. NOTE: I have italicized some of the ones we reviewed in class.
“How long do we wait for relief from hardships that come upon us? What about enduring personal trials while we wait and wait, and help seems so slow in coming? Why the delay when burdens seem more than we can bear?”
“So, we are not the first nor will we be the last to ask such questions
when sorrows bear down on us or an ache in our heart goes on and on. I am not now speaking of pandemics or prisons but of you, your family, and your neighbors who face any number of such challenges. I speak of the yearning
of many who would like to be married and aren’t or who are married and wish
the relationship were a little more celestial. I speak of those who have to deal with
the unwanted appearance of a serious medical condition—perhaps an incurable one—or who face a lifelong battle
with a genetic defect that has no remedy. I speak of the continuing struggle
with emotional and mental health challenges that weigh heavily on the souls of so many who suffer with them, and on the hearts of those who love
and suffer with
them. I speak of the poor, whom the Savior told us never to forget, and I speak of you waiting for the return
of a child, no matter what the age, who has chosen a path different from the one you prayed he or she would take.
Furthermore, I acknowledge that even this long list of things for which we might wait personally does not attempt to address
the large economic, political, and social concerns that confront us collectively. Our Father in Heaven clearly expects us to address these wrenching public issues as well as the personal ones, but there will be times in our lives when even our best spiritual effort and earnest, pleading prayers
do not yield the victories for which we have yearned, whether that be regarding the large global matters or the small personal ones. So while we work and wait together
for the answers to some of our prayers, I offer you my apostolic promise that they are heard and they are answered, though perhaps not at the time or in the way we wanted.”
-President Holland “Waiting Upon the Lord”
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We talked about balancing our actions - learning when to go full speed ahead and learning to wait (which is another paradox of sorts).
FINAL QUOTE - Connecting the sisters back to R.S.
I first heard the women’s voices whispering to me from the pages of an old minute book. “We are going to do something extraordinary,” said one. Another said, “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another and gain instruction, that we may all sit down in heaven together.” A third recorded, “the spirit of the Lord like a purifying stream, refreshed every heart.” The words sunk deep into my wandering soul.”
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