Jesus's atoning sacrifice took place in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. In Gethsemane He submitted to the will of the Father and began to take upon Himself the sins of all people. He has revealed some of what He experienced as He paid the price for our sins:
"I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
"But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;"Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—"Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men" (D&C 19:16–19; see also Luke 22:44; Mosiah 3:7).The Savior continued to suffer for our sins when He allowed Himself to be crucified—"lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world" (1 Nephi 11:33).On the cross, He allowed Himself to die. His body was then laid in a tomb until He was resurrected and became "the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20). Through His death and Resurrection, He overcame physical death for us all.Jesus Christ redeems all people from the effects of the Fall. All people who have ever lived on the earth and who ever will live on the earth will be resurrected and brought back into the presence of God to be judged (see 2 Nephi 2:5–10; Helaman 14:15–17). Through the Savior's gift of mercy and redeeming grace, we will all receive the gift of immortality and live forever in glorified, resurrected bodies. (source)
I'm not going to preach. I just want to share with everyone out here that I know that Jesus Christ atoned for our sin's, he died and was resurrected so that we too can return to live with Heavenly Father one day.I am not perfect. I sin. A lot. But I know we can all receive this gift if we choose.
Ok ya'll, you can get back to your regularly scheduled High Five For Friday! posts and I'm appreciate if you've read this far!
Sometimes when I come and write on my blog it's about light hearted fun things. Like the Oh So Pinteresting link up that I'm missing out on today because I haven't been on pinterest all week. I'm excited for Fitness Friday and High Five For Friday (I just can't choose so I guess I'm going to be doing both from now on!)
Other times it's really all about my family or faith or other things really close to my heart. I have a lot of that going on right now and that is endless blogging material - but for everyone's sake I try to space that out a little.
But today is really random. And I can't quite keep my thought train on the tracks today. So, welcome to my brain today.
All the talk about North Korea is frightening. One of the morning newscasters said the other morning that the US government "thinks that it doesn't have the capability to strike US soil". Um, think? Don't you think that might be something we should dedicate a little time and research just to be safe? Something is brewing between North Korea and Iran and it makes me uneasy.
Why is my knee hurting? Probably because while I'm at work I have a subconscious habit of sitting half Indian style, usually with my left leg folded under me. Then 2 hours later I realize that my leg hurts, my foot is asleep and I don't even really remember getting into that position.
I'm really stoked about our upcoming cruise. I really want to get into plan mode but so much is going on that I can't get lost into the fun of it yet. Maybe this will change when my parents come up to visit for the weekend and my mom and my aunt and I can get all into talking about it and thinking about clothes and fun.. yeah, maybe that's just what I need.
I've started tanning again. I know, I hear all the "ooh nooo that' so bad for you!". I know it is! But seriously, I don't want to go on this cruise and be all translucent! It's not like I tan year around or anything. And I'm not going to lie, I've got sun damage - probably from tanning I don't know. I have a sun spot on my upper cheek that I'm going to look at having laser work done on. But why go through that if I'm going to continue to tan right? It's my guilty pleasure that I do about every other year I guess.
I've got some deep and meaningful posts coming, I promise. Just not today. So I hope you didn't mind my mild verbal vomiting.
(by the way, I have a free pass and referral for anyone in my area looking to join the Lyman 9 round)
Because what is more therapeutic than imagining someone who's totally ruined your day (or your project, but I'm not saying that's happening to me...) and then punching the crap out of them - figuratively on the bag?
Jonna says: They are right, this is where the fun begins. I love the double end bags (which I call agility bags) because you really have to focus on it. Sometimes you're just straight punching it, other times you're doing combos. Whatever. Then you get to the heavy bag, sometimes your punching then jumping over it, sometimes your straddling it on the floor and just wailing on it. All I know is I get the best satisfaction of just punching the heck out of this thing. There's also a bag that you do combination punches and kicks on. That's another favorite of mine.
Jonna Says: This is the "Jonna dies" station. Because not only am I already fatigued from all the other stations, then they want to work my most weak point. Thanks guys! I've done twisting crunches with the medicine ball once. The other night another couple came in to work out and they started on round 9 so me and the hubs and them all were doing "Crunch-Scissor kick-pushup" combos.
I only got 2 hours of sleep last night (hubby wasn't home at bed time and apparently that just throws my whole world off kilter) so I really thought I was going to be a zombie today at church. Surprisingly, zombie mode didn't kick in until after I got home, which worked out great because I have a bed at home in which I can nap. I don't have one at church.
Let's get a little deeper, shall we?
When I get to church this morning and our Sacrament program was a little different than the norm. Our Relief Society 2nd Councilor gave a talk about building our foundation of Christ, which kind of reset things in my head and made me reconfirmed a few things for me. Then our Relief Society President (who is absolutely incredible) spoke and what stuck with me was "being a pillar of light" (there is a wonderful talk on this by President Monson here). Between these talks, two awesome women came up and gave their testimony and it was so touching. Oh, not to mention all the women of the Relief Society got to jump up for an impromptu song!
This was the song we sang... Seriously, I was so nervous. I have a cold/allergy thing going on and to stand up and sing in front of everyone. Wow.
Then after Sacrament it was off to Sunday school which was great as well. I felt such fellowship that sometimes I don't feel (maybe I'm just concerned with other things or just not paying attention). And a discussion of Doctrine and Covenants 25 and how husbands and wives should support each other really hit home with me.
But then we got to Relief Society and man.. this was the whipped cream on my ice cream today. Our lesson today was about "Becoming Perfect Before The Lord: A Little Better Day By Day" (where the quote up top came from) and there were so many gems that hit my heart today - things I really needed to hear. And I have to say, we have some seriously awesome women who deliver some great talks to us and our teacher today, she's one of my favorites (she used to teach Sunday School and I loved her there too!).
I'm going to end this with a quote that I love, and ironically enough I got to read during the class.
I hope you had a wonderful Sunday, too! And regardless if your religious or not, I hope maybe this was a fraction a bit uplifting for you as it was for me today.
Gutshot Straight: A Novel by Lou Berney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I got this on Free Friday from Barnes & Noble but didn't read it right away. I liked the story, I liked "Shake" the main character,although he seemed entirely too nice to really be as involved in as much as he was. It moved fast and was adventurous.
It was a little over the top in some parts but overall it was just a good fun read. I liked it enough I'll probably jump on the next one of Shake's adventures called Whiplash River. What's up with the titles? I'm still trying to figure out how the name plays into the story at all.. but whatever it was fun and would probably make a great movie.
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Just a quickie to say.. Follow my blog with Bloglovin
(I'm still in complete denial that Google Reader is going away)
Holy cow ya'll! I just found out that Google Reader is shutting down after July 1st, 2013 and that's a big deal! I mean, I follow a lot of my favorite blogs through Google Friend Connect but I have a lot.. I mean A LOT of blogs and news sites that don't use Google Friend Connect and I follow them through Google Reader.
What's a girl to do?!
Well here are some alternatives I'm looking into. Netvibes, NewsBlur and Feedly.
I can tell you right now off the bat that I don't feel too good about Feedly. Only because their webpage keeps timing out and erroring. I know there's a lot of traffic because of the whole Google thing but still, if you can't handle this traffic then who's to say it's going to have a good uptime? So I'm writing them off all together (which may be a mistake but whatever.. I'm judgmental like that)
NewsBlur looks semi interesting. It gives a decent way to organize your blogs and displays things pretty nicely but something about it feels clunky. I'm not too warm and fuzzy about it but it's something that I'd use as a fallback if I really need an RSS feeder.
Netvibes. I'm totally feeling this site. Not only does it give a great RSS reader option but it incorporates another Google product that is/has shut down which was iGoogle! Everything I need on one site! In fact, the more I play with Netvibes the way more I like it and wonder why I haven't been using it before. It's a great way to have your "one stop shop" for the web!
So... for me, I'm heading to Netvibes and hopefully I'll be a happy camper.
I want to make these so bad to give out to some of my friends
I'm always looking for new drink stuff to make and who can pass up something that comes close to an Orange Julius! (seriously, I had to google to see if they even still have those places around)
This is going to take my mason jar fascination even further now.
Lyrics from one of my favorite primary songs that make me happy
What's more South Carolina than Myrtle Beach, trailers, above ground pools and people who make you question how many branches their family tree has?
The Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another book by Koontz that I became quickly invested in. Maybe it was the mother bear instinct in me or maybe the characters were just that easy to know, regardless of why I know that within a chapter or two I was hooked.
This was a book that kept me guessing. There were many times that I found myself feeling a certain predictability building and then out of know where I realize how I had gone completely down a wrong path.
Without spoiling anything I do want to say that the ending wasn't for me. I can't put a finger on exactly why but when I finished the last sentence I turned the page expecting to see something.. anything. But there wasn't anything. Not to say that it ruined the whole book but it just felt incomplete - although I supposed another book could be brought into the picture now to build off of it.
Definitely glad I read it.
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Ok not THAT Temple per se, since that's in KY but you get it
|I'm linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk for her High Five for Friday!|