Friday, July 9, 2010

Families are a Type of Christ

I haven't been online much because this week in sacrament meeting my husband and I are giving talks, plus three of my children and I will be singing. (Our first time. I love to sing but my voice is very untrained and nobody beyond the ward choir director has ever begged me to come sing. We volunteered for this.) So I have been busy researching, writing, and singing. The themes are "patriotism and the gospel" and "my pioneer heritage." I beseeched my husband to let me write his talk, the one on patriotism. It didn't take much for him to agree. (To say that he doesn't like writing is an understatement.) This will not be your typical Mormon talk on patriotism, I assure you. None of the typical smug self-congratulations. No-siree. All is not well in Zion.

Last week we went to the beautiful Colorado Rockies for a family reunion. Oh, so many beautiful things happened. After we left Wyoming and entered Colorado my 12-y-o son serenaded us with "Colorado Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver as we drove. It touched my heart deeply. Some say it's a song about doing drugs but I prefer to see a nobler purpose in it.

Women of the Old Testament

I took along a copy of the new book Women of the Old Testament by Camille Fronk Olson. It was overdue at the library but I felt like I had not drawn enough from its deep well of living water. This book is so cool! The typical world's way of looking at these women is to marginalize them and overlook them or even say they were not good. But thanks to courageous scholars like Beverly Campbell, who wrote Eve and the Choice Made in Eden, and Camille, we know the truth about Eve. She was the first women's libber.

I love what Camille's book says about Eve and Rebekah, Isaac's wife. I have long wanted to understand better her story with Isaac and switching Esau and Jacob. I had a personal experience to deepen my understanding this past winter. She did something that was needed and righteous, within her bounds. This book confirmed my hunches. I had a great discussion with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law about this.

This book also discusses the same story that James Ferrell's The Peacegiver does, that of Abigail and David from the Bible. As I read the account in Camille's book, I was reminded of how women are types of Christ. Then I thought of how men are as well, when they serve others, especially when they bear the priesthood righteously. As I discussed this with my mil and sil I learned of something vitally important someone in our family did to help someone else. Then it occurred to me that families are types of Christ as well. Each of us are in roles where we can do something for somebody else that no one else can. I thought of one of my other sister-in-laws who has lightened my load and helped me when no one else did. I am thinking of all the possibilities for each of us to do good for someone in our extended family.

Well, I could go on but I need to go shopping and make dinner. And I still want to blog more about my trip to St. George. The trouble with life is it goes faster than I can blog about it. Here's an endearing video our nephew did of the bonding family reunion we had. Everyone had loads of fun and I found out that one of my online TJED friends in Colorado actually knows my sister-in-law. These connections are so much fun.

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