Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

For Me

A Summer of Many Mercies Mosiah 15:4 - Mosiah 18:15

The story of Abinadi is filled with mercy.

As I read his testimony, my thoughts were focused on the word redeem.  It is repeated over and over again in chapter 15 and 16.  I marked every one.

Then I looked up the word redeem in the dictionary.

Abinadi's testimony of the Atonement of Christ is one of the most beautiful testimonies I have studied.

It tells of rescue.

Of Redemption.

Of tender mercy.

Within these chapters I discovered a name for the Savior I haven't noticed before.

Founder of Peace. (Mosiah 15:18)

I love the thought of that.

 Perhaps my favorite verse within todays reading is Mosiah 15:10, "Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed...these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them..."

I love the thought that in the midst of His offering He saw us.  Every one.  It reminds me of a scripture in Hebrews 12:2, "Who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross."  Every time I read that I ask myself, "Was I the joy the was set before Him?"

Were we the seed that He saw in the midst of His offering?

What if we were to take out the phrase "his seed" and add our own name there?

Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see Emily...

When I read it that way the atonement becomes so personal...so individual.

That is what Abinadi's testimony taught me today.

That the atonement is personal.

That through redeeming He rescues me.

The light that is endless...the life which is endless.

Filled with mercy and tenderness.

For me.