It's been a while since I posted a school update. Between the holiday season and starting a second semester, my blogging time is practically non-existent. But before it gets too far into this semester I want to make sure I make note of a few things that I have learned in the first few weeks.
This semester I am taking a Math Class (Math 100 G) and another Religion Class (Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel).
I was slightly terrified about the math class, but as it turns out, it's not so bad. (Thus far.) We are only getting into fractions right now. We haven't started the algebra section yet. (If you could see me now, you would be able to see the tiny sweat droplets forming on my brow...)
And of course, I am absolutely LOVING my religion class. (What?!? Des loves her religion class and is going to tell us about what she is learning in it? That's not like her.) I know, I know. I'm like a broken record with all of this spiritual stuff, but guys! Christ is awesome! I can't help myself!
There is really only one thing that I want to share for this post. I am only choosing to share one thing for a couple of reasons.
1. It is by far, the thing that has touched me the most, spiritually, in this class.
2. It would take me WAY too long to write a post about everything that I have learned so I am only choosing the thing that made my heart sing the most.
I realized something and it's HUGE, my friends. HUGE!
As I began to study the lesson I realized how much about the Creation of the world and everything in it that I just had not picked up on before. Sure, we know the basics, right? Christ created the world under the direction of the Father and He did it in six days with a day for rest on the seventh day. But it was so much more than that. It was organized and planned carefully. Each thing was created in the order that it needed to be created with everything existing spiritually before it was created temporally. The earth was created specifically for us so that we could be organized in families.
But, I digress. Here is the mind-opening, wonderful, beautiful thing that I realized. It comes from a talk by President Russell M. Nelson entitled "The Creation."
While visiting the British Museum in London one day, I read a most unusual book. It is not scripture. It is an English
translation of an ancient Egyptian manuscript. From it, I quote a dialogue between the Father and the Son. Referring to His Father, Jehovah—the premortal Lord—says:
“He took the clay from the hand of the angel, and made Adam according to Our image and likeness, and He left him
lying for forty days and forty nights without putting breath into him. And He heaved sighs over him daily, saying, ‘If I
put breath into this [man], he must suffer many pains.’ And I said unto My Father, ‘Put breath into him; I will be an
advocate for him.’ And My Father said unto Me, ‘If I put breath into him, My beloved Son, Thou wilt be obliged to go
down into the world, and to suffer many pains for him before Thou shalt have redeemed him, and made him to come
back to his primal state.’ And I said unto My Father, ‘Put breath into him; I will be his advocate, and I will go down into
the world, and will fulfil Thy command.’” (emphasis added)
But here is the thing that touched my heart the most.
"And He heaved sighs over him daily, saying, 'If I put breath into this [man], he must suffer many pains."
Our loving and caring Father in Heaven loves us so much. I have not ever thought of how hard it must have been for Him to know that we would have to experience sorrow and pain in order to make it back to Him. I know how I feel when I think of my kids getting hurt and it pretty much rips my heart right out of my chest. The way that our Heavenly Father feels about each of His children is 100 billion times deeper than that!
This is what touched my heart. This is what exploded in my brain saying, "Yes. Yes, I do love you that much. Yes, I hate to see you suffer, but I have given you my only Begotten Son to help you during those times. I have provided a way for you to return."