My Life in Zion

The life and views of a Latter-day Saint in the 21st Century…

Nothing But the Blood of Jesus

Last weekend Sister Linda K. Burton gave her first address as General President of the Relief Society in a General Relief Society Meeting. It was an absolutely beautiful talk. After briefly mentioning the early Utah pioneers, the struggles they had in pushing their handcarts, and the limited storage capacity of those handcarts, she said,

As a new Relief Society presidency, we have sought the Lord earnestly to know what essential things He would have us put in our Relief Society handcart to continue moving His work forward. We have felt that Heavenly Father would first have us help His beloved daughters understand the doctrine of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As we do so, we know our faith will increase, as will our desire to live righteously. Second, as we have considered the critical need to strengthen families and homes, we have felt that the Lord would have us encourage His beloved daughters to cheerfully cleave to their covenants. When covenants are kept, families are strengthened. Finally, we feel He would have us work in unity with the other auxiliaries and with our priesthood leaders, striving to seek out and help those in need to progress along the path. It is our fervent prayer that each of us will open our hearts and let the Lord engrave in them the doctrines of the Atonement, covenants, and unity.”

She then taught with clarity these three principles.

1. All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ

2. There is power in the Atonement to enable us to overcome the natural man or woman and become true disciples of Jesus Christ

3. The Atonement is the greatest evidence we have of the Father’s love for His children

If you have not read Sister Burton’s talk, I recommend you click here and do so now. It will bless your life immensely.

It has blessed mine throughout the past week as I have prepared for this coming weekend’s General Conference.

The Atonement truly can make anything and everything right in our lives. My life, like most people’s, is one of continual failures. – This blog is a fine example of that. – Yet the Atonement seems to fix it all.

There is much for us to do each day. We have our families to care for. Ourselves to care for. And, as Latter-day Saints, usually a litany of others whom we also have under our stewardship to try to care for. In the past six months I’ve seen my life go through some of the most drastic changes I could have ever imagined. Personally, professionally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and any other “ally” you can think, I have swam the tidal waves of life and experienced great joys and great sorrows.

A lot can happen in six months.

I started reading The Book of Mormon from cover to cover for the second time this year and made a goal to blog about it daily. I failed miserably. My blog (this blog) was hijacked by a “website designer” that I had hired off of Fiverr (so much for trusting hippies from California). By the middle of Alma I was missing the Old Testament and worked my way through 1st and 2nd Samuel before eventually rejoining Amuleck and his brethren long enough to get distracted by Paul’s words to the Corinthians (so much for focus).

I started a new job which requires me to be on the phone nonstop (so much for my extreme dislike of talking on the phone).

I finished writing, edited, submitted, reedited, rewrote, edited and cut drastically, and patiently awaited as my first book was supposed to have been published this month (so much for “professional publishers”).

I have lost some of my dearest life-long friends due to their sudden hatred for my personal religious beliefs (so much for thinking friends could agree to disagree).

And a couple of weeks ago I even had the fear of losing my mother due to a small accident that happened in a flash (so much for thinking three stairs isn’t that big of a fall…because it can be).

Life never ends up like we planning it to be. There are always twists and turns. Mistakes happen. Time passes. We live. We lose. We love. We cry. We try. We fail. We try again…And if we’re lucky enough to keep plodding along, we learn that the only difference between a crisis and an adventure is one of perspective.

I choose to live each day of life as an adventurer.

This evening I realized that it was sixteen years ago today that I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I sat and mused on that event I was overwhelmed with an extreme burning appreciation to the Lord for sending missionaries to my front door when I was just a young man. The choice to join the Church, without a doubt, has been the greatest choice I have ever made in my life. As the weakest of the weak of Latter-day Saints I am thankful to Jesus Christ for His life, His teachings, His sacrifice, for His supernal example of obedience and love, and for His atonement in my behalf.

These past six months I’ve been thankful for the Atonement in whole new ways as I’ve felt its sanctifying powers and its uncanny ability to literally wipe away all pain, sorrows, grief, or disappointment, and replace them with joy and unbounded happiness.

As a convert I’ve always had a great love for many traditional Protestant hymns. One of my favorite has always been “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”. The words to this beautiful hymn are as follows:

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Chorus

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Truly, nothing but the blood of Jesus has the power to make all that is wrong in life well.

As we celebrate General Conference this weekend I pray that we might all learn how to enjoy the blessings of Christ and His covenants with us just a tad bit more.

His Gospel truly rocks!

Stan Way

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If you’ve never heard the hymn “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus” go ahead and watch the video below. I’m a big fan of acoustic solo versions, but it is a beautiful song in any format.

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