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Oct 16, 2015

Pillar Two

I just find it so appropriate that we get to talk about the Fall now! I am looking outside of my window and just soaking in the sight of our red maple...
Think of the advent of the fall of Adam and Eve in this way... The spirit children of God were ready to take the next step, and God sent the Gardener (Jesus Christ), tilled the ground(Created the earth), and prepared the space for which we as His spirit children would have the best growth experience. In order for us to get to this place called earth, a seed had to fall from the tree. Perhaps, like the little helicopter seeds from our vibrant Maple in the front yard. From a tiny Maple seed can come hundreds of thousand of strong living trees, and the experience of life. Adam and Eve were the brave first seeds of the human family on the earth. They took the plunge.

A quick recap of the FALL:

God created the earth and its Heaven in 6 days time. He then created every form of life that exists on it, with the final addition of Adam and Eve. They were then commanded to have dominion over the earth and to multiply and replenish it... Essentially, figure out how to create a family.

God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and were commanded to eat of every tree, except for the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. They were warned if they ate it, they would die. Satan entered the Garden and tempted Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit. She ate, and then presented the fruit to Adam, who also partook. Then God came to them after they had partaken of the fruit, their transgression was acknowledged, and the consequences that followed began their mortality. Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden into the world in which we live now to begin the human family, experiencing sorrow, and toil, and children.  They "Fell" from the presence of God.

The prophet Lehi explained how essential the fall was to the population of our spirits into the mortal family experience:"22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden... And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
 23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin." (2 Nephi 2:22-23)
In the same moment though, we on the earth have already sinned. Its part of our natural “fallen” disposition as mortals. We should not go looking for sin to get wisdom. We already have plenty of hardship and sin to gain the necessary experience of mortality! What great perspective the fall gives to life's challenges and difficulties... To be grateful for them, embrace them, because they are part of our learning experience! I would say, by far the best and hardest thing I have ever done has been cultivating a family anyway. Isn't it interesting that in a mortal setting the things that are the most work, also can bring us the most lasting happiness. Alot like gardening... :)

But, now that we are mortal... how do we return to our Heavenly Family, and grow into our royal heritage? That is where Jesus Christ comes in... Next week. Pillar 3. 

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