Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Images & Thoughts: Darkness, Light And Invitation!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Book of Mormon Lesson 37: "Whosoever Will Come, Him Will I Receive"
Scripture Block: 3 Nephi 8-11
Location: Deparo Ward, Novaliches Stake  

Last Monday, my friend Raymond and I found ourselves in the midst of a mist darkness as we were driving along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex) headed for Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Gloom suddenly engulfed me and then fear sank in due to zero visibility caused by the downcast sky and the thick fog. I uttered a silent prayer for our safety and before long the skies cleared up when we reached the end of the expressway. It was lovely!

This experience has allowed me in some way to understand how the Nephites felt as they went through a three - day of darkness on the American continent following the crucifixion of  Jesus Christ. It couldn't have been more fitting for our Savior to declare at that juncture that He is the only source of light who can clear up the thick darkness that befell them. He then extended an invitation to the multitudes to come one - by - one to feel the prints of the nails in His side, hands and feet, that in so doing "ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world. (3 Nephi 11:14)".  

What a wonderful witness of our Savior's love and personal, intimate involvement for the 2500 people (the more righteous Nephites who were spared)! This is the same invitation that our Savior Jesus Christ extends to all His children on earth. For members of the Church, He invites us to come and have eternal life (3 Nephi 9:14) by pressing forward placing the Savior at the center of our lives and building a more personal relationship with Him. For those who are not yet of our faith, Jesus Christ invites you to come as a little child (3 Nephi 9:20) with a broken heart and a contrite spirit (3 Nephi 9:22) by accepting the missionaries invitation to be baptized and be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"Sunday Images & Thoughts 2012" Series are lessons from the Book of Mormon that I shared in the Deparo Ward, Novaliches Philippines Stake as its Adult Gospel Doctrine Sunday School Teacher coupled with a related picture from my travel. This is my way of accepting the challenge of  President Ezra Taft Benson to the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saints to share the Book of Mormon. He said: “The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of “The time is now!” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1988, 4; or Ensign, Nov. 1988, 4–5).

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