So church yesterday was just flat out awesome.
Fairly decent Sacrament speakers and our Relief Society lesson was great. But that's mostly due to the fact that my friend, Katie, is an amazing teacher.
However, the best part was singing the Sacrament Hymn.
We sang "As Now We Take the Sacrament."
It's always been a song that I've loved singing, but for some reason...as soon as the organ started up, the Spirit within me was just so dang strong.
I couldn't even make it through the first line.
Then as the Sacrament was being passed I kept reading those 3 verses over and over again.
(If you want to listen while you read...here is an instrumental version.)
As now we take the sacrament, Our thoughts are turned to thee.
Thou Son of God, who lived for us, then died on Calvary.
We contemplate thy lasting grace, Thy boundless charity,
To us the gift of life was giv'n, For all eternity.
As now our minds review the past, we know we must repent.
The way to thee is righteousness--the way Thy life was spent.
Forgiveness is a gift from thee, We seek with pure intent.
With hands now pledged to do thy work, we take the sacrament.
As now we praise thy name with song, the blessings of this day...
Will linger in our thankful hearts, and silently we pray,
For courage to accept thy will, to listen and obey.
We love thee Lord, our hearts are full. We'll walk thy chosen way.
I have a new goal to try and make my Sacrament time as meaningful every Sunday.
It really was an amazing experience.
I felt Christ's love for me so strongly, and I in return felt an overwhelming amount of gratitude and love for His atoning sacrifice.
I'm so grateful that because He was willing to come to this Earth, to live, and then atone and die, I have the ability to repent and live an eternal life.
On a much less reverent note...these chicks are FIERCE!
And this will always be one of my favorite hip hop dances from SYTYCD!
And this just flat out makes me cry every single time I watch it...and she's LDS, p.s. (If you can't tell by the temple in the background :)