Friday, January 1, 2010

A Lesson From Adam and Eve

Happy New year everyone! I’m eager to see what this year brings. The future is full of hope.

To start the beginning of the year I was reading about the beginning of the world—specifically Adam. I love the story of how Adam and Eve worshipped God by offering sacrifices to the Lord and after awhile an angel appeared to Adam and asked, “Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me” (Moses 5:6).

This verse is a good one for me to start the year off with. I am good at obeying when I can see why I should. But I struggle sometimes when I can’t see why I should do something. But Adam just did what he was told to do—trusting that whatever God told him to do would be for his good. I’m going to work on that more this year!

The angel then told Adam why he should offer sacrifice, “This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.” The angel then went on to tell Adam that because of this amazing sacrifice that would happen to save him and all mankind he should “do all that thou doest in the name of the Son” (Moses 5:7-8).

In my efforts to rejuvenate this year, I’m going to remember this verse. What it tells me is that everything I do and say should be considered a prayer or offering to God and should be done in a way that I can close my words or actions “in the name of the Son.” If I approach life with that attitude, I can’t help but be rejuvenated.


Wendi said...

Thank you for sharing this. I'm hoping that you'll continue to post more about your knowledge of the Old Testament this year as we study it. I would love to learn from your unique insights. :)

dani said...

I find that sometimes when I go to Heavenly Father in prayer or asking for a priesthood blessing, I get an answer that I cannot at the moment see how it is related to what I was seeking. But, it is what Heavenly Father either wants for me to know or to do at that time. If I obey or listen in faith eventually it leads me to understand how it was an answer or how that was what Heavenly Father wanted of me at that time to bring me eternal happiness and joy in this life.

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, I love the Old Testament. It is so sad to me that so many LDS people avoid it. There are so many rich teachings in it. I will try to do more on it! Thanks for the suggestion.

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Dani, That is so true. I find that even after twenty years or more I'll suddenly understand why something all those years before had to be or what it was preparing me for. Great insight. Thanks for sharing.