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As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I joyfully give my witness that Jesus lived on Earth near the meridian of time. He was the Only Begotten of the Father and although tempted lived a life of perfect faith. The ultimate purpose of His faith was to pave the possibility of my return to Father by offering Himself a sacrifice for my sin. He suffered the eternal punishment for sin but not that alone. If only the effect of sin were so simple. He experienced the pain, anguish, and affliction of victims and perpetrators of misfortune. Through this experience, which I refer to as the Atonement, He makes intercession for me with the Father because no unclean thing can enter the Father’s presence. This intercession includes making me clean and whole in every way. It also involves making compensation for any and all the wrongs I may suffer in this life. Thus I will be prepared to appear before the Father totally perfected through Jesus.

However, bitter the sacrifice may be because I know His suffering was caused by my faithless decisions. Jesus successfully overcame His last earthly judgement from the Jewish Sanhedrin and the Roman authority of Pilate. At the same time, Peter reminds me of my failure in the face of judgement when he and I deny Jesus in thought, word, or deed. However, this bitterness is swallowed up in the supreme hope Jesus instills in His Atonement and Resurrection. I know I too will live again after this life. I love Jesus because He first loved me. I too love the Father for allowing the sacrifice that could only be accomplished through His Only Begotten Son. A joyous Easter to all. 

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Wonderful and free choral songs.

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Favorite Scripture of the Day:

For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry (Isaiah 5:7).

The Oxford Bible Commentary points out that the Hebrew words for judgement and oppression (or bloodshed) are very similar, mispat verses mispah.  The next sentence continues the word play with righteousness and cry, sedaqa verses sa aqa.  The word usage in this verse seems so clever to me and demonstrates the literary skill of those writing the Old Testament.  I wish the English translation could capture this literary feature.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23)!

In 1966, William McKane pointed out in his book "Prophets and Wise Men" the possible struggle between political advisers and prophets.  Is this what is meant by "Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes..."  We could be further learning about the political setting of ancient Israel in the first and last lines of the above passage.  Were the laws changing in Isaiah's time to reward what was previously seen as wicked?

In conclusion, the Lord asks the following question in the Book of Mormon, "And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them (2 Nephi 29:4)?" I love the Old Testament and Bible first for the Truth of God I believe it teaches.  My love for the book is deepened as I learn about literature, history, politics, etc. from it too.

Work Cited: Barton, John, and Muddiman, John, eds. Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford, GBR: Oxford University Press, 2001. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 20 August 2014.  Copyright © 2001. Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.   

Just got a HP Chromebook 14 and loving it.  Preferred the the size and quality of the HP Chromebook 14 as compared to others.  

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Super fun app to kill some time but still feel good about it.

“In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.

In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”

― William Saroyan, The Time Of Your Life

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The link higlights the importance of Jesus Christ’s Redemption and Our Agency

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I don't agree with everything in the article, but I think this article could be generally correct about the personality of the President.
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