Dear friends, we are so blessed to welcome Sister Martsie Webb as a contributor to our ward blog in the Walking with Christ series. Anyone who has heard Sister Webb teach or speak knows she has stunning gifts with words and expressing gospel truths. Enjoy her latest column as she shares how better to walk with Christ!
Last April General Conference, we took a walk between sessions to be outside and enjoy the spring air. Our prophet had just testified of the Savior. His closing remarks bore witness of Jesus Christ, the Creator.
As we walked into the fresh sunny day, the song of a bird caught my ear. I looked at the beginning buds on branches, and saw a robin perched on a blossomed limb calling out his presence to the world. It was a stunning picture: the red breast of a robin, colors of blue sky, brown tree limbs, pink and white blossoms all combined into one brilliant color palette.
In this moment when springtime was silently unfolding its beauty, I understood that each creation testifies of its creator. The beautiful bird, vibrant colors, simple warmth all bore witness of Jesus Christ, Creator of the World.
“And all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of Him.” (2 Nephi 11:4)
“All things evidence their creators: a quilt, the quilt maker; a painting, the artist; a book, its author; heaven and earth, the Creator. ‘If all things were made by Him and through Him and of Him,’ (DC 93:l0) then all things testify of Him.” (Joseph F. McConkie)
What evidences Christ?
the deep red lilies scattered in the fields of the Holy Land remind
us of the Savior’s blood
the eclipse of the moon bespeaks a God in His heavens
The sacrament song, ‘bruised, broken, torn for us’ symbolizes
our Savior’s broken and torn body
A changed heart attests the miracle of His atonement
Beyond all these glorious testaments, however, is God’s greatest creation: His children– created in His image and likeness. Thus, we are symbols or witnesses of our Creator. The question we must ask is, “What kind of a witness to the Savior is my life?” In word and deed, do we stand as witnesses to Him at all time, in all things, and in all places? I certainly want to be His witness. I hope there is evidence I am His witness. But sometimes my spiritual life has temporal lapses, and there are holes in my evidence! Thankfully, the covenants, ordinances, and rituals administered in this gospel all bear witness of their author and were created to bring us home to Him.
Try going about your day looking for the signs, symbols, and testaments that witness our Savior. They are everywhere and in all things . . . even up close and personal. Their presence helps deepen our devotion while testifying of their maker, even Jesus Christ, Lord and Creator.