Saturday, June 30, 2012

Gratitude to Eve

What happened in the garden of Eden has changed us forever...literally.

Eve, named by Adam, as the "mother of all living" before she was even a mother,
made a choice to partake of the tree of life because there was no other way to have a family and progress and fulfill her mission on this earth.

But yet, many in the world resent Eve and even blame her assuming there was another way, and she really blew it.

There is talk of an "original sin" that we all must be cleansed from just because we were born.  There is baptism of babies in order to cleanse pure innocent children from Adam and Eve's "wickedness".  And there is even shame and confusion in being female...all directed back to Eve and the choice she made in the garden of Eden.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

As a missionary, I ran into this issue many times.  There seems to be a lot of confusion and even bad feelings associated with Eve, or glorious first mother.  Before we go on any further...let's clarify a little bit and shed some light on eternal truths from our loving Heavenly Father.  We can turn to The Family Proclamation some of that information:

"All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. 
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife."  The Family: A Proclamation to the World

Adam and Eve came to know of that plan and of their purpose in it.  They learned like Christ did when He was on the earth, and as we do: line upon line or grace upon grace. 
Luke 2: 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
I believe they came to know that in order to progress, they would have to eventually partake of the fruit of the tree to experience parenthood and death.  It was part of God's plan.
The Two Contradicting Commandments in the Garden of Eden:
  1. Multiply and Replenish the Earth-the first commandment
  2. Do Not Eat of the Tree of Life
They couldn't multiply and replenish the earth until they had partaken of the fruit of the tree.  Eating of the fruit, would open up the way to having a family, parenthood, progression, and eventually death. 
 Eve partook of the fruit, knowing there was no other way.
Other truths to clarify:
 Is there a place where you must repent or pay for someone else's sins? That is not part of our Heavenly Father's plan.  We work out our own salvation, repenting of our own sins, not Adam's, Eve's or anyone elses. Christ's Atonement covers Adam and Eve's sins and ours. 
  • Do babies need baptism?  See Moroni 8
8..."little cchildren are dwhole, for they are not capable of committing esin; wherefore the curse of fAdam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them;
10 Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are aaccountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little bchildren, and they shall all be saved with their little children.
11 And their little achildren need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the bremission of sins.
12 But little achildren are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a brespecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism!

Eve did what had to be done in difficult circumstances because there was no other way .

There are no words to fully express the gratitude to Eve for the sacrifices she made for all of us.