This week, as we commemorate the final week of the Savior’s mortal life, I am going to structure my scripture study around the events of the week. Here are some thoughts and relevant blog posts about each day:
I will remember the people who lined the streets of Jerusalem to welcome Him as He entered the city riding on a colt. They laid branches from palm trees and their clothing on the street as a sign of respect and shouted, “Hosanna,” an expression of praise and pleading from Psalm 118:25. I will strive to emulate that respect and love as I welcome the Savior into my home and into my life.
I will remember the importance of cleanliness and holiness. I will remember that the way I handle and care for sacred things, both tangible and intangible, is a manifestation of my love for God.
I will remember the value of effective teaching. I will strive to learn from the teachings of the Savior and to emulate His approach to teaching.
- What Does the Book of Mormon Say About Teaching the Gospel in Families?
- Lessons from the Teachings of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon
When we hang onto the pain that other people have caused us, we carry an unnecessary burden, I will remember the Savior’s admonition to forgive “until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22). I will intentionally set aside grievances which I have shouldered for too long.
The Last Supper
I will remember the Savior gathering His apostles, washing their feet, introducing the sacrament, and teaching them to love one another and be one.
I will remember Jesus entering the Garden of Gethsemane and choosing not to “shrink” from the difficult task ahead. I will remember that He suffered for our sins, then willingly gave His life for us on Calvary.
- “That Ye May Not Shrink” – 2 Nephi 9:46
- Pains, Afflictions, Temptations, Infirmities – Alma 7:11-12
- I Have Suffered the Will of the Father – 3 Nephi 11:10-11
The Spirit World
After the Savior’s death, He ministered to people in the world of spirits. I will remember that the work of salvation continues after death. I will continue to connect with my ancestors, knowing that our relationship transcends the boundaries of life and death.
I will remember that Jesus Christ overcame death. He arose from the grave. Because He did so, we will all be resurrected—our spirits and our bodies will be reunited in a perfect form, never again to be divided.