Week 1 | The Message, the Meaning, and the Multitude

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The Message, the Meaning, and the Multitude by Jeffrey R. Holland

Content by Melinda Peterson

Lately, I have been obsessed with finding myself in the story of our Savior. It all started when I found myself on the shore of a Red Sea—a Red Sea that needed immediate crossing. It was on that anxious shore that I heard the Lord say to me, “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” It was then that I realized that the Lord wasn’t just speaking to Moses, He was speaking to me. So, I held my peace. And the sea began to part. Since then, I have found myself in other places in the Savior’s story: in Nephi building a ship and the Brother of Jared finding light. In the Woman at the Well drawing water and in the Man of the Gadarenes finding rest. I have wrestled alongside Enos and defended liberty with Captain Moroni. I have found courage with Eve and have hoped with the mothers of 2,000. I’m beginning to realize that each story in the scriptures is not unlike my own—because our stories are all His story.

Ours is not a story of perfection, but one of redemption. A story of deliverance. A story of restoration.

Jesus Christ is our story.

Just as I have found myself in His Word, I have found Him in the Restoration of All Things. I have found Him in a Sacred Grove and on the banks of the Susquehanna. I have found Him in the Temple and in a Relief Society room. I have found Him in Ministering and in a new Young Women’s theme. I have found Him in the voices of my children reading the New Testament and in the notes that are finally in my margins.

In truth, I am finding Him in every small and simple thing. In every ray of light. In every autumn leaf. In every drop of living water. In every hand I hold. And I know that where I can’t find Him yet, I will see Him in days to come.

Because if God the Father is pointing us to His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, then perhaps finding Him in everything is—in fact—everything.

And still, some days I am the blind man crying out, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”

I will not be silenced, and I will not relent.
I will hear a prophet’s voice say, “He will hear you and will say, soon or late, ‘Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.’”
And I will know those words are His words.
And I will see Him.
And I will help you see Him too.

I AM STATEMENT

I am His.

FAITH IN ACTION

Prayer is a form of faith in action. In your prayers this week, ask Heavenly Father to help you see with more clarity.

MINISTERING PROMPT

Be the eyes of those you minister to this week. Help them see the Lord’s love for them by being His voice and His hands. Tell them what He would tell them. Do for them what He would do for them.

CFM CONNECTION

When we look for the good, we see the good. And when we look for Jesus, we find Him. This week, look for ways to “Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Philippians 4:4). Write down what you have to rejoice about in your life because of Jesus. This is one way you can find Him.

FHE ACTIVITY

Positivity is powerful! And it is even better when it is centered in Jesus Christ. This week, create a “Jesus Jar” to help you and your family see Jesus in your lives. Place a designated jar out in a well-used area in your home and provide cotton balls to place inside. Each time a person “sees Jesus” in their day, they can place a cotton ball inside the jar. They might see a picture of Him or receive an answer to prayer. They might think of Him when consoling a friend or remember the covenants they made with Him when making a decision. They might be moved by the Spirit in a seminary lesson or learn something new about Him at church. When the jar is completely full, come together as a family to thank Heavenly Father for helping your family see Jesus.

ADDITIONAL READING

Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence by Jeffrey R. Holland, March 1999

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