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Jesus Christ provided a Way for Us To Experience True Joy

I had another wonderful scripture study with my family this evening. 

We started off with prayer and singing the song, Gethsemane. In the garden of Gethsemane is where Jesus Christ suffered for our sins. 

After singing the song we discussed what Jesus Christ did and the pain he had to feel for each one of us.

Pain he felt for all of us.

He said that if we come unto Him, repent, and follow His commandments, we do not need to feel the suffering. He bore it for us. We also don’t have to bear that suffering alone. He understands and wants to comfort us through all the pain, and sorrow. 

Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19

16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

He wants us to come to Him with a repentant heart, a contrite spirit, and be willing to change.

A Willing Heart

I felt the spirit so strong during the scripture study with my family. 

I could feel the spirit of Christ comforting me and reminding me that when I do go to Him, follow Him and His commandments I don’t have to endure the pain and suffering I create for myself.

I can let that burden go because He did the hardest suffering for me.

He loves me so much that He wants me to feel joy. He enjoys seeing us joy in life. Sometimes we don’t choose joy and when we don’t He knows that the best way to have it again. 

We can have it again by repenting, choosing to change, and following His course.

His course is encircled with love unfailing around each of us. Love that can lead us to Him as many times as we choose to. Love that leads to choosing to repent and make better choices. 

I know that to be true and I am so grateful for such a tender mercy to share that with my family this evening. 

I loved sharing with my children that Jesus Christ loves them and all of us so much that all He asks is for us to follow Him. When we do we are able to experience true and pure joy that comes through the Lord.

I believe that His suffering was hard and I am saddened by the pain He endured.

But, I am filled with love to know that my Savior and Father in Heaven had a plan. Each of us can be reborn of the spirit and understand more of the plan of Salvation to be able to make it back to Them in heaven. 

I feel their love and I am filled with so much gratitude in my heart for their infinite love for me. 

Their love is what helps me want to grow, change, and become better. 

It’s offered to you. I hope you choose to feel it as well. 

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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