March 12, 2013 Matthew 24 Mark 13 by Diane Adair

 Audio March 12, 2013 Lesson 87

Matthew 24
Mark 13


“The sacrament…most often repeated ordinance in the church…with so very much at stake this ordinance commemorating our escape from the angel of darkness should be taken more serious than it often is…it should be a powerful, reverent, reflective moment it should encourage spiritual feelings and impressions…as such it should not be rushed…it is not something to get over so that the real purpose of Sacrament Meeting could be pursued…this the real purpose of the meeting…and everything that is said or sung or prayed in these meetings should be consistent with the grandeur of this sacred ordinance to remember…on some days we will have cause to remember the unkind treatment that our Savior received, the rejection He experienced and the in justice oh the injustice He endured when we too face some of that.  His life we too can remember that He too was troubled on every side but not distressed, perplexed, but not in despair…persecuted, but not forsaken cast down, but not destroyed…when those difficult times come to us we can remember that Jesus had to descend below all things before He could ascend above them…and that He suffered pains and afflictions of every kind that He may be filled with mercy and know how to succor His people us, to run to our relieve us from pain…to those who stagger or stumble He is there to steady and strengthen in the end.  He is there to save us and for all this He gave His life…however dim our days seem they have been darker for the Savior of the world…in fact in an otherwise perfected body our Lord of the sacrament table has chosen to retain for the benefit of His disciples the wounds in His hands and feet and side signs if you will that painful things happen even to the pure and perfect.  Signs if you will, that pain in this world is not evidence that God does not love you…it is the wounded Christ who is the captain of our souls, He who yet bears the scars of sacrifice.”    Jeffrey R. Holland

“To reap the benefits of love, we must be specific, action must be taken.  The hungry man must not be pitied he must be fed.  The lonesome boy/girl needs not just a quick smile she needs someone to walk with arm in arm.”  Marvin J. Ashton

Talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland – “This Do in Remembrance of Me”