Often when I go to church, I come home feeling pretty much the same as I did when I left. I expected that to be the case today. But I was wrong. As I sat in the congregation, listening to the testimonies being shared, I realized that I was learning new things. I was catching phrases (spoken and unspoken) that reached into my heart, grabbed hold, and said to me, “Wendy, listen. This is for you.”
Then in Sunday School, it happened again. We were talking about the Wise Men, and their journey to find Christ. We read part of the Bible dictionary’s little blurb on them, and the instructor continued with the lesson. But I kept reading and noted the “See also Magi” at the end of the paragraph. As I turned the pages and read through what was written, I was taken aback by something I’d never heard before. It stated: “Their spiritual capacity was evident: They were able to see the star when others could not.”
In Relief Society, I cried twice: once during the opening song and once when we all stood together to recite the Young Women’s theme.
After we split from opening exercises with the Relief Society sisters, we talked about the Godhead. The question was asked, “What do we know about the nature of the Godhead?” We watched a talk by Elder Robert D. Hales and then shared what we learned. As the Young Women were sharing their thoughts, I had one of my own. We read in the scriptures that the Holy Ghost doesn't have a body, and that’s how He can dwell in us. What a HUGE sacrifice for the Holy Ghost to have given that up so that we can feel Him in our hearts. What LOVE He must have for us and for the Lord, and for our Heavenly Father, to have given up a body in order to testify of Christ and the truthfulness of the Gospel. He is nameless, known only by His title of Holy Ghost, but we can all know Him and feel Him and through Him know our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. What a gift He truly is!
I am not totally sure why this Sunday was full of light bulbs flashing on in my brain, but I will attribute it to the fact that I was fasting. And not just-going-hungry fasting, but actually fasting with a purpose that is dear, dear, dear to my heart. I have no doubts that the Lord knows us and hears us. He opens our hearts and minds so that we may hear what He wants us to hear, when He wants us to hear it.