Thursday, July 12, 2012

There cannot be any more?

"...many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible." 2 Nephi 29:3

I was studying this verse in the Book of Mormon, which prophesies of the rejection of the Book of Mormon in our day and my mind started diving into the reasoning of why it would be rejected. Why would they believe there cannot be any more?

In my experience, the Book of Mormon has added clarity, insight, understanding, and testimony to my knowledge of the Bible. It has enriched my life greatly, bringing greater joy.

But with additional understanding and knowledge comes greater responsibility. Spritually speaking we feel a greater commitment to be true and faithful in all that we do as we come to greater understanding of our Heavenly Father's will for us here on earth. More responsibility is often not seen as a positive thing. Media portrays the ideal life as one of an almost nomad, free from most everyday cares, able to fly to Europe on a whim, buy that house and deal with the consequences later. Responsibility is often forgotten or set aside for the greater good of "experience." But who said you can't experience while being responsible?

Alongside responisibility being portrayed as a ball and chain,  it makes our life feel harder, increasingly difficult as more is added on. We feel accountable to God when we not just learn, but understand a new commandment. The stakes are high.

So why not just live with the minimum, then we don't disappoint God or ourselves. No guilt.  The risk to know more, to add on responsibility can feel increadibly high in the scheme of eternal salvation. So we say, we've got responsibility/knowledge/enough.

On the flip side, what is the benefit of more responsibility? Is there any?

Of course there is, but it comes after trial and getting a grip on coping with that new responsibility. The benefit is greater joy, increased knowledge, better understanding of a myriad of things.

The Book of Mormon is one example of this, within its pages is knowledge that some would definitely define as more commandments to be responsible towards.  But that knowledge also enlarges the mind, body and spirit. For me personally, it has brought peace, comfort, and an increased understanding of God's love not only for me but for all of His children.

Lately I have been grappling with the question of when to started expanding our family. Max will be turning one in 5 days and Kyle and I have discussed the possibility of adding on. Kyle is ready. I have had reservations. Not only am I the one who has to carry the child within me for nine months, I also have to deliver the child and then care for two children under the age of  two and a half. It did not sound all that exciting for me. In fact it sounded scary. Learning to be a mother of one child is difficult enough, but two? I just didn't know if I was ready yet.

Then I read that scripture about those who said that the Bible was enough and I started thinking about the reasoning and came to the conclusion that yes, the added responsibility is scary and hard. But remember the greater understanding of Heavenly Father's will and love and plan? Having receive some of that through having one child, I can only imagine what another could teach me.

And the joy! The greater joy! I remember the joy of having Max in my arms those first few minutes and I know that another baby could increase that.

It takes a leap of faith in making all decisions, do we have enough to trust that God has more for us?

1 comment:

  1. Gina! Your faith and testimony about the gospel is truly inspiring! It really is true that with the Lord's help all things are possible! You are an amazing woman, mother and friend!