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Day 8 Friday

Jesus Christ died for us
Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God.

Read: Matthew 26:20-75; 27:1-51, 54-66; JST, Matthew 26:22, 24-25; 27:3-6; Mark 14:17-72; 15; JST, Mark 14:20-26, 32-42; Luke 22:14-71; 23; JST, Luke 23:35; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; JST, John 13:8-10; 14:30; Act 1:15-21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Mosiah 3:7-9; Alma 40:11-13; 3 Nephi 8; 9; 18:1-14; 20:1-9; Moroni 4; 5; Doctrine & Covenants 18:11; 20:75-79; 27:1-14; Isaiah 22: 21-25; Psalm 22:1, 6-18.

Events: The Last Supper begins; Strife over greatness; Jesus washes disciples’ feet; Peter’s protest; Jesus’ example; “One of you shall betray me”; A new commandment; Sacrament instituted; Discourse on the Comforter; Departure to Mount of Olives; Peter’s denial foretold; The true vine; Love one another; Hatred of the world; The Spirit of truth testifies; Warnings to the Apostles; The Comforter; Opposition: Joy and sorrow; Jesus’ intercessory prayer; Jesus’ suffering and prayers at Gethsemane; Judas’s betrayal; Arresting officers fall; Peter defends Jesus with a sword; Jesus arrested and disciples flee; Hearing before chief priests; Peter’s denial; Soldiers mock Jesus; Hearing before Caiaphas; Hearing before Pilate; Judas’s remorse and death; Hearing before Herod; Second hearing before Pilate; A murderer released; Blood guiltiness; Jesus scourged and mocked; Jesus taken to Golgotha; The Crucifixion; Soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ garments; The sign: King of Jews; Jesus speaks to His mother; Darkness: Sixth to ninth hour [“the agony of Gethsemane had recurred” Talmage, 661]; Death of Jesus Christ; Earthquake: Veil of temple rent; Side pierced by a spear; Passover scripture fulfilled; Watchers near the cross; Jesus’ burial.

President Nelson expands our understanding of speaking about the “Atonement” in shortcut phrases by stating: “There is no amorphous entity called ‘the Atonement’ upon which we may call for succor, healing, forgiveness, or power…. The Savior’s atoning sacrifice—the central act of all human history—is best understood and appreciated when we expressly and clearly connect it to Him.”

Activity: In reviewing all that the Redeemer has done and continues to do for us—in Gethsemane, upon the cross, and through the resurrection—we should consider ways that we can remember Him and “pray always and not faint” (2 Nephi 32: 9).