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Friday, May 25, 2012

Glad Tidings: An Appreciation of The Book of Mormon

by Bradly Baird (bio)

Bradly lecturing the Senior Primary
I cannot quite comprehend the fact that as soon as Singing Time began today, I lost my temper with the children of the Senior Primary. I stopped the opening song halfway through, lectured them on paying attention and being reverent, and made them sing the opening song again. I cannot quite believe that I was rude to one of our children and to a teacher who came to her defense after my unkind salvo. What I do know is that I was grumpy, tired, and had developed a massive headache throughout the course of our meetings today, and I allowed those feelings to interfere with my teaching. I didn't feel better until I settled down this afternoon and read these words from the Book of Mormon (and then repented of my misdeed).

Know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath risen again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in him is the sting of death swallowed up.

And he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead, whereby man must be raised to stand before his judgment–seat.

And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.

Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews, which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you.

For behold, this is written for the intent that ye may believe that; and if ye believe that ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them. (Mormon 7:5-9)

So tonight, at the close of a rough Sabbath day, I express my sincerest gratitude to a loving Heavenly Father for his extraordinary plan of happiness and for his willingness to forgive me when I have offended one of his most precious children. It was a humbling experience and I gratefully receive the lessons of the day.

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