145. We Rejoice in Christ

Episode 145 – We Rejoice in Christ 

Hey everyone, I’m so glad you joined me for this Easter episode of the LDS Mission Podcast. In this episode, I discussed the importance of focusing on Jesus Christ and His grace in our lives and missionary work.

I wanted to be explicit in my views and feelings of Christ and so I share my personal testimony of Christ and reflected on scriptures like Second Nephi 25 that teach about looking to Him for salvation.

For those of you preparing for a mission, currently serving, or already home, I hope this podcast helps you feel Christ’s love and example as you dedicate your service to Him. And for all my listeners, I hope the messages of Easter help you feel hope. Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

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0:00 Hey, what’s up everyone, it’s Jennie Dildine, the LDS mission coach and you are listening to the LDS mission Podcast, episode number 145. We rejoice in Christ. I’m Jennie, the LDS mission coach. And whether you’re preparing to serve a mission, currently serving a returned missionary or a missionary mama like me, I created this podcast just for you. Are you searching for epic confidence? Ready to love yourself and to learn the how of doing hard things? Then let’s go. I will help you step powerfully into your potential and never question your purpose. Again, it’s time to embrace yourself, embrace your mission, embrace your life, and embrace what’s next.

0:50 Hey, everybody, how’s it going? I’m excited, because this weekend is Easter. And my birthday is on Monday. And I usually like to just record kind of a little bit of a different podcast, this time of year. A little bit about me and a little bit about Easter and a little bit about Jesus. So I’m excited to jump into all of that today. But first, I also wanted to remind you that our mission prep plus is starting on Monday, April 1, my birthday. And so any buddy who still wants to sign up, we’re going to run it the first two weeks of April, and then the first two weeks of May, but right now we are running a special buy one get one half. So bring a friend and sign up. And it’s really been such a gift to watch how this has started to impact missionaries and the way that they’re serving their missions. Just because they get sort of these mindset tools and tools to manage themselves. It’s pretty amazing is like once you know how to manage yourself, and manage your emotions, and manage your mind. Really, all the other stuff kind of falls into place. It’s like anything else can be happening outside of you. And you will have the strength and the ability to create the mission experience that you want, regardless of what is happening around you. And so super fun work to be doing.

2:39 I’m sure if you’re listening, you can imagine how impactful the this has felt, and the ripple effect that it has had. It’s just really amazing work to be doing and really important. And yeah, so thanks for being here. And thanks for supporting me on this journey and supporting these missionaries. I think a lot of times we’re like, how do we help the missionaries? And yeah, this, just even being concerned about them and thinking about them. And wanting to help is a huge thing. And even just talking more about mental and emotional health. I got an email from a lady who was maybe wanting me to come speak at some camps this summer, and it’s not going to work out because my family’s planning a big trip to Europe at the end of the summer. But, um, so I was really bummed about that. But she emailed back and said, You know, I’m always just really surprised at how, you know, our stake is not super invested in in the mindset and emotional well being of the youth and I just shocking to me, because the the mental and emotional mindset of youth turns into the mental and emotional you know, resiliency of young adults. That is true, I wish I would have known this stuff sooner to help my youth and I think my my girls that are still at home now are going to be much better off as they head into young adulthood. Just because they will know these tools and how to have their own back and how to really create the life that they want to create, regardless of the stuff that happens because right? Life happens stuff happens but how do you find a way to bring all those things together, integrate them into your life for your benefit and learning and rather than have them kind of take you down or spiral down like I talked about on the podcast last week, but so anyway, um, this Michigan prep plus I will mention is for high school. It’s designed for high school age seniors and old Are we do it in the evening, hopefully to accommodate more people that are still kind of in college and in high school. And I think we’re gonna have quite a few more come this summer when kids can be a little bit more flexible with their time. So anyway, go to Jennie dildine.com. Click on preparing missionaries to learn all about it. Or if you want to just learn more, you’re ready to go. Email me Jennie at Jennie dildine.com. Jenny’s always spelled with an IE.

5:28 Okay, um, I want to jump into so recently I was on a Instagram Live with instant Institute. So it’s kind of a fun thing. But they are running over there where you can get like daily messages of inspiration kind of come follow me Institute messages. And they’re just little tidbits. I think every day, pretty sure every day of the week days. I can’t remember if they do the weekends or not. But you can go find lots of fun stuff on there, you can go fine, kind of the conversation that I had on there with the host that hosted me that day. But I started thinking that what I talked about on there, I want to really talk about on here, and it is found in second Nephi 2523 through 26 is kind of what our discussion was about. The other thing that happened recently is I had a person reach out and kind of share actually a voice memo with me about kind of her thoughts about the work I do and some feedback. And I did really appreciate that I always love to hear from you guys and hear your thoughts and your feedback and the way that the work is impacting you. And the way that kind of these tools are helping you empower yourself more to be the kind of person that you want to be or the kind of missionary that you want to be. So she had mentioned something to me about how I could talk more about Christ. And I hope that it goes without saying I hope that and maybe it can’t go without saying maybe I do need to be explicit that I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I think he is the reason that all of the stuff that I teach on here works. He is the reason that we can change the way we think about something he is the reason and His power is the reason that we can feel a different way, his power. And what he did for us is the reason that we can change our actions and can get different outcomes and different results. And so I think with this birthday and epic episode and sort of this Easter episode combined, I wanted to be explicit, because I even have people come and come and like say things on my different Facebook ads and things about like how maybe I’m not Christ like or maybe I’m seeking for gain or something like that. And I, I hope that you can sense from the way that I show up here that I care deeply about missionaries, I love Jesus Christ, I believe in him, I believe that he did what he said he did, and that He died for us. And we’re going to talk about it a little bit more. But I just want to put that out there first plain and simple, really clearly and explicitly that I am a believer, I believe in Jesus Christ and, and he’s the man, basically, right? He is the guy that helps all of this change and transformation and growth happen. So there’s that.

9:16 We also talked about the scriptures, and I’m just gonna kind of I thought it would be fun to sort of like run through them really quickly. And kind of share some of the thoughts that I had as I was talking on the instant Institute, Instagram page, the live and then be able to share a couple of things. The thing that I shared at the beginning because they asked me to share a couple things about myself. So that’s kind of fun, because I usually like to do that on one of my birthday episodes, podcasts episodes. So a couple of things you may not know about me is that I can say the ABCs backwards. So I will do that for you right now. Cy X and WV you As an R QP, oh man, and okay, j, h, g and f ed and CBA. And if I got the m and the n wrong, I’m not sure that I’ve ever had it straight in my mind. One of these days, I’ll figure it out. My grandpa’s Swenson taught me how to say the ABCs backwards. So that’s one thing you may not know about me. The other thing I told them is that I love old buildings, there is just something to me about going or even driving by an older building. So recently, I was in St. George, and we drove by, I think it was the old tabernacle, we didn’t actually stop. But I was like, all of my friends, it was a girls trip. I’m sure it didn’t even cross their mind that we were passing that and I was like, You guys look at that building. And in my mind, I just picture like, what the people would have been like, what they would have been wearing, the way they would have been interacting with their families. There’s just something about it. My husband and I like to go to San Diego from time to time, there’s a hotel there on Coronado island called the del, the Hotel Del, and I love it there, there is just something about that. History that makes me feel grounded and purposeful. And it’s almost like magic to me, honestly, I feel guilty when I’m in an old building. So any sort of like tour of an old building, or if we go visit a new place, I want to know the history. I want to know what the oldest building in town was. When we were in? Where was it? I want to say was it San Antonio last year, I’m pretty sure the first Walgreens is in San Antonio. And if I getting this wrong, you guys, I’m sorry, but I’m pretty sure I’m remembering it correctly. And I just was like, Oh my gosh, that was the first one. I just love stuff like that built in 1950, or 40, or whatever it was. And I was just like, Oh, I just love stuff like that. So kind of geeky. I’m always on the like, history tours of the old buildings and geeking out about all that kind of stuff. So there you go. Um, so that’s a couple of things about me.

12:22 So let’s dive into kind of more of the Easter side of this podcast, which is second Nephi 2523. So this says For we labored diligently to write to persuade our children and also our brother and to believe in Christ and to be reconciled to God. For we know that it is by grace that we are saved after all we can do. And I listened to a lot of podcasts over the last couple of weeks that talked about this. Grace are saved after all we can do and I think as members of the church, we focus so much on this after all we can do especially as missionaries, I think we’re just like, Oh, I just have to kill myself working so hard. And then, you know, how do we ever know if it was all that we can do. But I’ve actually started thinking about Jesus a little bit different, and our Heavenly Parents a little bit different is like, I used to believe the All we can do meant, I’m like that there was a ladder that I was trying to climb that I was like climbing this ladder. And I’d hopefully get to, like Heavenly Father and where Jesus was. And then if I didn’t, quote unquote, do the right thing, or I didn’t do everything that I could do, quote, unquote, I would fall down the ladder and get further away from them and then I’d climb up sort of the way and then I’d fall down. And I really love how this and a couple podcasts pointed this out that for we know that it is by grace that we are saved. Period like full stop and this is how I’ve started thinking more about like my relationship with Jesus Christ and the role that he plays in my life is that he actually picture he and I there’s no ladder there’s no me getting to him there’s no me like having to to be quote unquote worthy to like ascend to him or anything like that. That he’s actually walking beside me throughout my life. I picture like if I was drawing it on a board, there would be me and a stick figure and Jesus stick figure. Right? And and then there’s a big heart around both of us because I just constantly am enveloped by His grace and His love. And that’s a constant and even when I don’t I don’t get it. I don’t feel deserving. I don’t feel love for myself. Even on those days, it’s still there. It’s still constant. It’s still unchanging. And I and I feel that’s the way our heavenly parents think about it, as well is that they are there for us, especially as I reflect on what it’s been like for me to be a parent. And in a few weeks, I’m gonna record a podcast about being a parent of adult children. But like that love doesn’t change. I am here loving and supporting, regardless of whether they come home from their curfew on time, whether they choose to go on a mission, whether they choose to step away from the church, like I love them, period. And thank goodness Christ is the saver because I can’t save, I can only love and that’s how I think our Heavenly Parents and Jesus Christ see us is that way is there with us for the entire entire journey.

15:58 Um, so I love this idea. I actually really have thought more about I heard someone say this recently, maybe it was Adam Miller that said, that maybe Christ, the life that he lived, was not just to, like make up for the difference. Maybe another reason that Christ did what he did, and live the life that he lived, was so that we would have permission to love because he gave us the ultimate gift of love. And so we then give ourselves permission to love unconditionally, and to love ourselves unconditionally and give ourselves that grace. So it goes on to say, and notwithstanding we believe in Christ, we keep the Law of Moses and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ. So I, I like this, I love that we can look forward, right? Because often, I think, in our journey, or life journey or mission journey, we’re looking backward, we’re like, Oh, I did that thing that’s gonna prevent me from showing up in this certain way. Or I did that thing. And that’s going to prevent me from showing up in this certain way. And actually, this is so funny. And I can’t believe I’m going to tell you this. But every once in a while, my husband and I are watching The Bachelor or the Bachelorette. And we hadn’t watched it for like, a lot of seasons. And then my kids were like, Oh, we’re watching it. And so it’s fun to watch, you know, something that we can talk to our kids about? Well, I was just watching one of the episodes and the couple of nights ago, and one of the gals broke down. Because she was thinking about the past. And she was like, I don’t know, if I did everything that I could do. I don’t know if I said everything that I was supposed to say, I don’t know if I, like, trusted myself enough, or trusted him enough or opened myself up enough. And I was like, girl, you gotta quit focusing on the past can’t do anything about that. Look to the future. How do you want to feel in the future? How do you want to think in the future? What is it that you’re working towards? And that’s why I love this part, look forward with a steadfastness unto Christ. Like he did the thing already. That’s what happened in the past. And because of that, whatever you did in the past, doesn’t have to define you doesn’t have to ruin anything. You can look forward steadfastly to Christ, okay. I love this part where it says that we are made alive in Christ in verse 25, where for the law have come dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith. And then it says, Get we keep the law because of the command because of the commandments. And so we can, I love this idea of how Christ can make us alive. And one thing I’ve been thinking about so much lately is I think that sometimes we picture negative emotion or things that don’t feel as good as like, something that’s bad. But what actually is true is emotions. Make us feel alive.

19:23 In fact, I think there’s been studies done, my sister was just talking to me about this about on a Marco Polo, about how, you know, there’s these communities where they only experience like, their goal is to only experience happiness, but but then somehow they’re missing something, somehow their depth and their understanding. And their compassion that they have for each other is limited, because they haven’t experienced the balance, other emotion of sadness. And so I think I love this phrase that we are made alive in Christ. And, and that these emotions that are sometimes hard to feel, can be sanctified can be purified can be sanctified to our growth and learning, and to our transformation to become more like our heavenly parents, not that those emotions are bad, they actually make us feel alive and through Christ. With our faith, we can be made alive, literally right with the resurrection, but also in our day to day lives.

20:34 Okay, so the last thing that I want to talk about, well, let me circle back a little bit, because I did want to mention this is sometimes with the after all we can do. Um, I’ve heard it said, There’s a quote by Elder Ballard that I heard quoted, on a different podcasts where they just talk about, and I looked up the talk, and it says, From elder Ballard, it’s that we might know him as a devotional address at BYU. And he said, as we embrace Christ teachings, we give up all of our sins, we repent, and we do all of that is in our power to come into Him, knowing perfectly well that it is through His grace that we are saved. And then he said, even after all we can do. And so the All we can do some days, all we can do is get out of bed and brush our teeth and get back in bed. And some days, the All we can do is, you know, just exist. And that’s enough, and because of Jesus Christ is enough. And that it’s through His grace through his love, that we are saved. And he says, As we give ourselves to Christ, fully and completely we find safety, peace and joy and security in him. Right? So when we focus on all I can do, that is very, like self focused. But when we focus on what Christ has done, that is more Christ focused, right? So instead of on our goals on the mission or goals, you know, that we have, like we can still have those goals. But it’s not up to us like we can’t save ourselves. We can’t. Only Christ can do that. And then he says, Does that mean we will not have turmoil or personal problems, sickness, family challenges or employment difficulties? And he said, not at all, he says, but it does mean that if our faith is anchored securely in our testimonies of Christ, that we can have that joy and peace. And honestly, one of the things I discovered recently, as I was reading back through this scripture, is that maybe in second Nephi, 2523, the first way, is about all of us referring to all of us in a room are all of us on a mission, or me and you where it says For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, so meaning all of us, but maybe and I had never even considered this before, that the next we is about we meaning Christ and I together. So let me read it one more time. We know that it is by grace that we are saved. After all we can do meaning Christ and I together as a team. And I love thinking about it that way because I can’t save myself, right? But we can do all of this together. It reminds me of this scripture where it talks about I can do all things through Christ who strengthens with me and when we’re doing those things together, when it’s a we all we can do. So much more powerful. Okay. It goes on also in verse 26, to talk about we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies that our children may know, to what source they may look for remission of their sins. And I just thought it was an interesting sort of exercise to break down.

24:30 Why does it say talk, rejoice, preach prophesy, and right. Um, I kind of have my own thoughts, and I’m sure you have your thoughts about this too. But when it was like we talk of Christ, I think it’s talking of love talking to people, maybe not always just specifically about Christ, but what Christ represents, which is compassion, love, peace, kindness, and this can be in ours. Every day interactions with the people we work with, with the people we’re teaching with our children, and we can just talk of Christ. And I do think we can talk of Christ specifically and explicitly, but also just talk about love and peace and abundance, and acceptance and compassion. Rejoice. Of course, when I think of rejoice, I think of singing and celebrating. And that’s what I think we do at this Easter season is we rejoice in Christ and, and I think of this choir that I belong to the millennial choirs and orchestras, where we literally Sing praises and rejoice at what Christ has done for us. And does that mean like, life is always amazing, and that we’re always gonna feel amazing, of course, no, but we do rejoice in the plan. We can rejoice in what he’s done, we can rejoice that he will be triumphant, and we won’t be triumphant just on our own merits, but we will be triumphant because he has been triumphant over debt. preach of Christ, I think reminds me more of like a teaching sort of idea is who is in your sphere of influence who you teach? Is it I just recently got asked to serve in the nursery. So I’m going to be preaching or teaching them about Christ. It What is your and I teach and preach to my children about Christ as often as possible, and the love that he has and about God’s plan and the role that Christ has in that plan. The next one is prophesy of Christ. And this, of course, is thinking about the future again, like that, not only has Christ come and done what he’s done, but He will come again. And you know, when are when the people that wrote the scriptures that we have, they actually, were prophesying, because Christ hadn’t come yet. Now we have the benefit of looking back and seeing that he, he had come. And now we also know that he’ll come again. And so being able to talk about that, and being able to speak of hope, I think, oftentimes, we get kind of bogged down. And I kind of hear a lot of people saying a lot of negative things about the world or about other people. And I think let’s prophesy and talk about Christ, and the hope, and the peace and the contentment and the abundance and the love and the joy that is found today. And that he’s coming again. And then, right. I thought of how we write even just the stuff we do on social media. How do we write of Christ? Do we, in our interactions online? Are we kind? Are we Christ? Like, are we not necessarily even that we have to be like, Hey, everybody, here’s a scripture about Christ. But do we? Do we share his teachings through what we’re saying? Do we show an example of him through what we’re writing? And through the work that we’re doing and through our just every day, maybe letters home, or texts that we send to people right back then they would have just written on plates. But now we write all kinds of places, and in short, little blurbs and texts and putting comments on someone’s Facebook ad, or on their story or on their Instagram post. And so how can we be more Christ like and, and share that love and that peace and abundance, through the things that we write. And then it just wraps up that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

29:17 I think I’ve talked about this scripture on the podcast before several podcasts ago, about mosaic 317. And it says, and moreover I say unto that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means by whereby salvation cometh unto the children of men. And I remember reading that a while ago and I was like, Oh, that includes me to it. It’s not just like something I used to think about it like no other name, meaning like no other person or no other way to get to him or to, to be saved. But in the one time I read it, I was like, oh, and that includes me, not even my name, not even the name Jenny can save me there’s no other way that salvation cometh. And so I love sort of that cross reference and what it is saying here, which is that we can know, to where we can look for a remission of our sins. And that’s Jesus. Isn’t an amazing you guys, I was at lunch the other day, and someone was saying something about? Yeah, I just hope this thing happens. And I hope this thing changes. And I hope this person does this thing differently. And I hope that this person, you know, comes back or whatever, and, and I was like, yeah, that’s all good. But what I said to him, as I said, and that’s what Jesus is for. Like he is the saver, he is not just the saver, but the same, you’re right of us. He’s the one that does the saving. He’s the one that has shown us the greatest example of how to love. And I really believe and I, this is going to come out on a podcast in a couple of weeks too. But I really believe that Christ lived and walked on this earth, not only to show us how to treat other people, but to show us such a huge example of love, so that we would understand how to also treat ourselves. So I want to share with you just one last scripture, and it’s Moroni 748. And I think this is one of my favorites. Were for my beloved brother in praying to the Father with all the energy of heart that you may be filled with this love. So this charity, this love, this love that He has for us this love that our heavenly parents have for us, the love that we can have for ourselves, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of His Son, Jesus Christ, that ye may become the sons of God, that when he shall up here, we shall be like Him. I love that, that we will be like Him, I think we’re gonna be surprised, actually, I think we’re gonna be like, Oh, wait, he’s a lot like me. I think I used to see Jesus, like I said, up on that higher pedestal and like, I just was never going to reach him and always falling away. But I think won’t be surprised at how familiar he is, and how much he is like us, and how much of our human like sort of emotions that we feel and things that we’re worried about like that he fully understands and has thought about and worried about as well. It says, And when He appears, he says, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is so good, that we may have this hope that we may be purified even as He is pure. And I just love Jesus. I love the example that he has set for me, I rejoice in Christ. And I guess today with it being Easter, with celebrating his life and his resurrection, I wanted to make sure that I was really clear with you guys about where my heart is that and that I am a follower of Christ. Right. So Happy Easter to all of you, and I’m sending you so much love. We’ll talk to you next time.

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