This week we had a scambio so I got to discover Catania for the first time.
In our morning studies I read a talk called ‘Washed Clean’ by President Boyd K. Packer, from April 1997 general conference. It talked about the daily use of the Atonement. While I was discussing this with Sorella Rushton, we were talking about how before our missions we didn’t quite understand the need for daily repentance, because surely on a daily basis we weren’t committing great and grievous sins? However, now we know that daily repentance isn’t a daily confession of wrong doings, it’s when we recommit ourselves to becoming more like our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Everyday we try to become better than we were. It’s also like washing daily, if you use the Atonement regularly, you won’t get so far away from Christ that it will take a lot of time an effort to scrub and rid yourself from your imperfections. “I learned about the great plan of happiness, that we are on earth to be tested. We will all make mistakes. The Apostle John taught, ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.’ Fortunately he added, ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ I paid particular attention to that word cleanse. I thought that repentance, like soap, should be used frequently. I found that when I apologized for mistakes, things were better. But for serious mistakes, an apology was not enough–sometimes not even possible. While these mistakes were, for the most part, not major ones, the spiritual pain called guilt invariably set in. Sooner or later they must be resolved, but I didn’t know what to do. That happens when you break something that you alone can’t fix.”
President Packer also talked about studying the doctrine of Christ will change behaviour quicker than talking about behaviour will. When we study the doctrine of Christ our knowledge increases and therefore our determination to become more like our Saviour becomes stronger, therefore leading to a change within us, or in other words, we repent. He ended with a poem that he wrote that I’d like to share:
“In ancient times the cry “Unclean!
Would warn of lepers near.
“Unclean! Unclean!” the words rang out;
Then all drew back in fear,
Lest by the touch of lepers’ hands
They, too, would lepers be.
There was no cure in ancient times,
Just hopeless agony.
No soap, no balm, no medicine
Could stay disease or pain.
There was no salve, no cleansing bath,
To make them well again.
But there was One, the record shows,
Whose touch could make them pure;
Could ease their awful suffering,
Their rotting flesh restore.
His coming long had been foretold.
Signs would precede His birth.
A Son of God to woman born,
With power to cleanse the earth.
The day He made ten lepers whole,
The day He made them clean,
Well symbolized His ministry
And what His life would mean.
However great that miracle,
This was not why He came.
He came to rescue every soul
From death, from sin, from shame.
For greater miracles, He said,
His servants yet would do,
To rescue every living soul,
Not just heal up the few.
Though we’re redeemed from mortal death,
We still can’t enter in
Unless we’re clean, cleansed every whit,
From every mortal sin.
What must be done to make us clean
We cannot do alone.
The law, to be a law, requires
A pure one must atone.
He taught that justice will be stayed
Till mercy’s claim be heard
If we repent and are baptized
And live by every word. …
If we could only understand
All we have heard and seen,
We’d know there is no greater gift
Than those two words–“Washed clean!
I just loved this! If we just use the Atonement daily, and really ponder on its significance I know we can see a positive change in our lives! I was really contemplating the Atonement yesterday too whilst singing the sacrament hymn, and I just love this verse of ‘How Great the Wisdom and the Love’:
How great, how glorious, how complete
Redemption’s grand design,
Where justice, love, and mercy meet
In harmony divine!
I just love my Saviour so much, we had a really sweet experience last night with a family, we watched ‘Egli Vive’ which is ‘He Lives’, and just testifying of Christ brought such a tangible spirit which was just what I needed. I’m so grateful for his perfect example and the opportunity I have everyday to become more like him.
This week saw some more food adventures! I tried bombe on exchanges this week, its basically a donut filled with Nutella and it was soooooo good!
Then we had pizzolo, which is like a pizza sandwich (a pizza on top of another) and then a Nutella pizzolo.
Today we went to Ortigia, and had the most amazing panino for just €5! It wss filled to the brim! Probably one of the best I’ve ever eaten!
Then Sorella CiBi and I cut Anziano Moscon’s hair because he had a rather interesting cut! Bless him! It was fun, but I’m no barber!!!
I’m also incredibly grateful to learn this beautiful language, it’s truly such a gift to be able to communicate with God’s children here in Italy, it’s so amazing that this time last year I couldn’t really understand Italian and now it sometimes comes just naturally too me! I’m truly incredibly blessed.
Have the best week, I love you all!
Love Sorella Tacchi xxx