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Come Unto Christ: An Appreciation for the 2014 Youth Theme

On Wednesday, I observed a number of Facebook conversations about the idea of the atonement. In particular, I noticed a number of people commenting that they did not see a need for a Savior. I am fine with them thinking that. However, the idea Christ as a Savior is one of the main things attracts me to my own Mormon approach to Christianity.

On Wednesday night, my family went to the Tropicana Chapel down from the Las Vegas Strip for our weekly Young Men’s activity. Shem and Todd are now both deacons and this was Shem’s first Wednesday night activity. I am the deacon’s quorum advisor.

That night, the ward choir director taught the boys to lead hymns. Some did better than others. We also practiced the 2014 youth theme song. We will be performing the song with the young women in sacrament meeting in May.

It was not a great performance…but there was improvement.

What struck me was the lyrics and the message from the song. Here is the official Church video for the song:

Okay, there are some cheesy elements to the video. And as I watched the video last night, Lyndee pointed out that we were singing the song at too fast of a tempo the night before.

However, the thing that singing the song with the young me and watching the video brought to my mind was the Book of Mormon scripture that is the basis for the song and the theme.

Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. — Moroni 10:32

We are not perfecting ourselves. We are coming unto Him. That is something that we do together. I very much appreciate my family and my ward members who help me as I seek to deny myself of “ungodliness” and to love God.

How do we love God? We love each other. It is something that I struggle with. However, I am on the receiving end of much love from others.

Are you interested in joining a Facebook group which mixes both devotional and unconventional, but faithful, approaches to Mormonism? Maybe with a little friendly politics mixed in? Please consider joining my little group called A Faithful Mormon Heterodoxy.

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