Broken heart, contrite spirit required as ‘sacrificies’ today

The sacrifices, or offerings, included in the Law of Moses are outlined in great detail in the book of Leviticus. The Mosaic Law helped the children of Israel remember the importance of sacrifice in their lives.

After His resurrection, Christ appeared to the Nephites on the American continent and told them the Law of Moses had been fulfilled in Him, but sacrifice was still an important part of living the gospel:" . . . for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.

"I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

"And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings.

"And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. . . ." (3 Ne. 9:17-20.)

"We must lay on the altar and sacrifice whatever is required by the Lord," stated President Spencer W. Kimball during an April 1978 general conference address. "We begin by offering a `broken heart and contrite spirit.' We follow this by giving our best effort in our assigned fields of labor and callings. We learn our duty and execute it fully. Finally we consecrate our time, talents, and means as called upon by our file leaders and as prompted by the whisperings of the Spirit.

"In the Church, as in the welfare system also, we can give expression to every ability, every righteous desire, every thoughtful impulse. Whether a volunteer, father, home teacher, bishop, or neighbor, whether a visiting teacher, mother, homemaker, or friend – there is ample opportunity to give our all."