Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

See, Feel, and Know

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have a personal experience with the Lord––just like the people we read about in third Nephi?

It is a thought that captures my mind every time I read the scripture found in 3 Nephi 11:14-15, “Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.  And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety…” (3 Nephi 11:14-15 emphasis added)

Can you imagine being one of the 2500 people who had the personal experience of speaking with the Lord one by one?

I wonder what that moment would have been like.

What would I have said?

What would I have thought?

What would I have felt?

The more I have thought about it I have come to realize that one day each of us will have our own one on one experience with the Lord.

What will that experience be like?  I feel certain that my thoughts will be flooded with memories of the times on my own Earthly journey when I have felt Him near me ––when I recognized an answer to prayer,  when I experienced miracles in the ordinary moments, the tender mercy experiences of my life.

If that is the case, maybe I don’t have to wait for a future event to have a one on one experience with the Lord.

Perhaps I can have that third Nephi experience every time I turn to the Lord longing to draw closer to Him.

Looking back on the most personal experiences of my life, the moments when I have turned to the atonement as a healing balm, as a source of strength, or as a means of change, I realize I have had the sweet opportunity to know the Lord in a very personal way.

In the darkest hours I have felt the prints, when my way has been obscured I have seen with my eyes, and in the moments when I have been given strength beyond my own, courage to do what I otherwise could not, and peace within a heart that could not be comforted I have come to know the Lord.

I have seen, I have felt, and I have known of a surety.

This 3 Nephi experience was not meant for just 2500 people.

The Lord’s invitation is extended to each of us, “…ye see that I have commanded that none of you should go away, but rather have commanded that ye should come unto me, that ye might feel and see…”  (3 Nephi 17:25)

The Lord invites each of us to have our own one on one experience, to feel Him with us, to see Him along the way.