Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The lost heritage of Mother Eve's daughters

Surely mother Eve weeps over her daughters.

How could they wander so far from her? 

What was the great gift she bestowed upon them? 

Can they not look back to mother Eve and know what she gave up in order to have children? 

What is our miserable excuse for limiting our children? When our sisters face mother Eve, what excuse will they give for rejecting the very gift she was cast into a fallen world from paradise to obtain?

Adam and Eve were literally cut off from the presence of God, the Father. They were cut off from the tree of life. Death entered the world. Their heritage of unending life and peace in a paradise was supplanted with a heritage of thorns, sickness, death and decay. And, knowing all that, Eve rejoiced in her fall because it brought her children.

Moses 5:11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

The gift of eternal life that Eve rejoiced in was, itself, the gift of eternal posterity, for in that aspect eternal life is different than those doomed to remain seperately and singly forever.

And all this, being cut off from God's own presence, losing a life of peace in the garden to enter the now fallen world was the mind and will of God the Father, that Adam and Eve could have posterity.

Brigham Young said the members of the church were "only half-saints" because they would live the commandments except the law of consecration. What name do we deserve? We rebel not against the commitments required for baptism, but against that which is the nature and inheritance of mankind. We rebel against the light of Christ, against the very first principles which God laid in the beginning of the world.

We rebel against that which is fundamentally part of being human, that which the Father, himself, arranged in the beginning. We rebel against he foundation. Can we say that when it comes to family, our members these days do any better than having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.

We claim the greater principles. We claim eternal marriage. 

But when a living couple is sealed, there is a commandment that are part of the words of the sealing itself. It is the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth. 

The dead could not possibly keep such a commitment and so the same commandment is omitted when we make the covenant for those who have died. How could they be saved if they made a covenant they could neither keep nor even prove that they were willing to keep? A living couple can at least show forth their earnest desire in practice, even if, like faithful Abraham, they find it difficult to have children. But the dead cannot by any means demonstrate that they would keep such a covenant. Thus when we do the work for the dead, the Lord uses different words, than when he seals the living.

But the living covenant to multiply and replenish the earth.

Why do we close our eyes and pretend that the Lord will grant the blessing while we laugh and mock at the idea of keeping the the commandment the covenant came with? 

Why do we think we will gain our family for eternity, while rejecting what the Father laid out for the family in the beginning?

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