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Bedrock – Doctrine of Christ

1. Geology. unbroken solid rock
2. bottom layer; lowest stratum.
3. any firm foundation or basis:
4.the fundamental principles, as of a teaching, belief, or science
5.basic; fundamental.
In Women’s Conference this year there was one message that stood out to me – get a bedrock understanding of the Doctrine of Christ.  I thought I would share some thoughts, they are kind of in note form, so that you might share your findings and thoughts with me another time.  My fledgling efforts have been small but sincere – scriptures, notes, and pondering. But even with the small efforts I feel I’ve had a lot open to my view.
The Doctrine of Christ is simple and powerful.  All doctrines lead to this –

Faith in Jesus Christ
Repentance unto Baptism
Baptism by water
Holy Ghost
Endure to the end

After Christ appeared to the Nephites in 3 Ne. 11 he first taught them the Doctrine of Christ – of course – His doctrine. He had just paid the price, just performed the atonement, to make the doctrine possible, and knew this would make all the difference in their lives.
One word that is repeated at least 4 times in that chapter is “repent.”
Next chapter comes (but same setting) and he starts teaching the Sermon on the Mount. New topic? Nope, I think it is the same topic. My interpretation of these verses are the steps of repentance.
3 Ne 3: 3-7
Blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me – when I sin I humble myself and come to Heavenly Father
Blessed are all they that mourn – when I sin I “mourn” for what I have done wrong (it does hurt)
Blessed are the meek – I now submit my will to God’s will, changes begin to occur
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness – now all motives are changed to finding, becoming and doing good, building the kingdom.

Jesus says that “ye must repent . . . or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.” That means I must be well acquainted with this process. After studying, I feel sure that we each, like the analogy says, are on a life raft in the middlelife-raft
of the ocean. We each have holes in the raft and are sure to go down to ruin. Our sins are the holes – some have more or less, bigger or smaller – but all of us are going down without a Rescue.

Some things I know:
Christ died for my sins. He is the Rescuer, Savior.
The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book, and all prophets, including the Savior himself, said that we can and must repent to be forgiven and return to him.
I have been guilty of believing this . . . for other people – “in the Ensign” so to speak. But as I study and apply I know better.
Increasing my faith in Christ also increases my ability and desire to repent.
Change is possible for every person. No one is without a need or ability to receive forgiveness no matter the sin.
Joy is the outcome of repentance and repentance is the source of mercy, purity, and peace.
I still have so much to learn.

Christ says if we build on his doctrine we are building on his rock.  Seeking a bedrock understanding of this, by definition there will be nothing deeper, more profound, more important, or more necessary in my life.  I believe it solves more problems and heals more hearts than I can even realize.  I am thankful for inspired leaders to remind me to study up on the most important things, to teach them to my family, and most importantly to apply them.