Last week, the MTC youth took advantage of the first warm weather all year to visit the beautiful and powerful 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center site.
The theme for the month of February focuses on the Atonement, so as we walked through the peaceful grounds, we kept the Savior's sacrifice in mind. Visiting the memorial with the Atonement in mind gave the day a completely new meaning. Seeing the names of the 3,000 victims inscribed around the perimeter of the two pools was a poignant experience that made us think of the pain and loss these people and their families must have felt, and still feel to this day. Yet we know that Christ's Atonement can make up for even this deepest of all emotional and spiritual suffering.
Thinking about all of this in such an important place made us even more grateful for Jesus Christ. After walking through the grounds, we were able to sit and discuss our thoughts and feelings. We pondered on the important words from the Book of Mormon in Alma 7:11-13: "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh."
We had a wonderful, thought-provoking time in this reverent location. Thanks to everyone who joined us!