Monday, August 17, 2009

"The Prisoners Shall Go Free"

I survived last week, I think that's all I need to say right now.
Part of last week was a Sunday School lesson. To get the gist of what is is about read this entry about the Nauvoo Temple.
We know that temple work is important, but I truly felt like I got a little glimpse of why and how as I read this scripture, D&C 128:17-18.
17 And again, in connection with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the restoration of the priesthood, the glories to be revealed in the last days, and in an especial manner this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel, namely, the baptism for the dead; for Malachi says, last chapter, verses 5th and 6th: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
18 I might have rendered a plainer translation to this, but it is sufficiently plain to suit my purpose as it stands. It is sufficient to know, in this case, that the earth will be smitten with a curse unless there is a welding clink of some kind or other between the fathers and the children, upon some subject or other—and behold what is that subject? It is the baptism for the dead. For we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect. Neither can they nor we be made perfect without those who have died in the gospel also; for it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fullness of times, which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time. And not only this, but those things which never have been revealed from the foundation of the world, but have been kept hid from the wise and prudent, shall be revealed unto babes and sucklings in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times.
The lines that are in bold struck me and I had this image of a net, this beautiful interconnected fabric, with each person being connected to every other person through multiple channels. During the lesson we talked about families being united and imagining being in a group of people and knowing everyone, knowing that you were connected to everyone, never having to feel alone or out of place. That was a wonderful idea and it doesn't come close to the idea in my head.
Then this week I had the chance to sort of see this in action. My husband's family had their reunion in some cabins at Moonlake in the Uintahs. Because there are nine children in his family, we had all the cabins on one side of the resort. It was wonderful to let the children run, knowing that every house had someone who knew the children and would watch out for them, in the same way you watched out for all the little ones running past your place. You could go out and wander a little until you found someone to chat with or do something with. Dinners were organized in a rotation, but since we had the biggest kitchen, we ended up hosting, (if not actually preparing) all the dinner meals. There was a wonderful communal feeling that was lovely.
At the end several people commented that this is a taste of what the Celestial Kingdom would be like, but with better beds and less rain. That kind of feeling of community is rare in our day and I wish there were more opportunities to experience it.

1 comment:

jendoop said...

Glad your reunion trip went so well :)