March 5, 2012

Dear Family-

I had an interesting insight this week, which came during a dinner
thought with one of our bishops. I learned a little more deeply how
important testifying of the Savior was and is to the prophets. Here
are just three examples. “For we labor diligently to write, to
persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in
Christ…And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of
Christ, we prophesy 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” (Nephi speaking in 2 Nephi 25:23-26).
After discussing “the difficulty of engraving our words upon plates”
Jacob says, “Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently
to engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved brethren
and our children will receive them with thankful hearts…For, for
this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we
knew of Christ” (Jacob 4:1-4). Finally, we have a more recent prophet,
George Albert Smith:

“President Smith passed away on his 81st birthday, April 4, 1951.
During the final moments of his life, with his family close by, his
son asked, ‘Father, is there something you’d like to say to the
family–something special?’

With a smile, he reaffirmed the testimony he had shared numerous times
throughout his life: ‘Yes, only this: I know that my Redeemer liveth;
I know that my Redeemer liveth.” (Teachings of Presidents of the
Church: George Albert Smith, page 22).

I’m sure that every prophet, past and present, has said or written
similar words. Now, I’m not a prophet, but I also know that Jesus
Christ is our Savior. He knows and loves every person individually. He
knows our pains, joys, accomplishments, falls, and sins. He has felt
them. He chose to feel them so that he could be infinitely
compassionate and merciful. We can be forgiven and clean from our sins
because Christ took them on Himself. He provided the way. He also
experienced death and resurrection, making the gift of resurrection
universal to all. Christ is the Son of God and leads His restored
Church.

Thank you for helping me learn this. I love you!

-Elder Emery

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