Tuesday, September 20, 2016

His Image and Likeness

I love parenting big kids. ITS HARD but its awesome and I sure love any time I get to spend with them. They usually remind me of some import truth that I have forgotten or recount hysterical stories of middle school drama or High School woe.

Kaden had about point 2 minutes for dinner yesterday after swim practice before he needed to begin his 5 hours of homework. (Really Homework? You are so annoying) He is taking anatomy and physiology this year and he has been fully fascinated by it all. Between mouth fulls of tortellini and sausage soup (new recipe...nailed it!) he asked me, Mom how could anyone believe that our bodies evolved? They are so intricate and so precise and perfect that they had to be created by God.  And then he went on to tell the other kids all about bones and how amazing they are and all their different components that make them work so well and last so long and how it had to be-it could only be-an all knowing God that created us in His own image and likeness.

It reminded me of a few things. One, Kaden has been fascinated with the workings of the human body since he was a toddler. He loved body system books and he even asked for this guy for a birthday present:

I wish I still had it but Kaden played with it and wore it out for so many years that we finally threw it out.

And second it reminded me of a talk that Elder Nelson gave on this very topic. This morning I text it over to Kaden and thanked him for the spontaneous gospel lesson on a Monday evening over tortellini soup.

It is a privilege and joy to be his Mama.

Each organ of your body is a wondrous gift from God. Each eye has an auto focusing lens. Nerves and muscles control two eyes to make a single three-dimensional image. The eyes are connected to the brain, which records the sights seen.
Your heart is an incredible pump. It has four delicate valves that control the direction of blood flow. These valves open and close more than 100,000 times a day—36 million times a year. Yet, unless altered by disease, they are able to withstand such stress almost indefinitely.
Think of the body’s defense system. To protect it from harm, it perceives pain. In response to infection, it generates antibodies. The skin provides protection. It warns against injury that excessive heat or cold might cause.
The body renews its own outdated cells and regulates the levels of its own vital ingredients. The body heals its cuts, bruises, and broken bones. Its capacity for reproduction is another sacred gift from God.
Be we reminded that a perfect body is not required to achieve one’s divine destiny. In fact, some of the sweetest spirits are housed in frail or imperfect bodies. Great spiritual strength is often developed by people with physical challenges, precisely because they are so challenged.
Anyone who studies the workings of the human body has surely “seen God moving in his majesty and power.” Because the body is governed by divine law, any healing comes by obedience to the law upon which that blessing is predicated.
Yet some people erroneously think that these marvelous physical attributes happened by chance or resulted from a big bang somewhere. Ask yourself, “Could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary?” The likelihood is most remote. But if so, it could never heal its own torn pages or reproduce its own newer editions!
If the body’s capacity for normal function, defense, repair, regulation, and regeneration were to prevail without limit, life here would continue in perpetuity. Yes, we would be stranded here on earth! Mercifully for us, our Creator provided for aging and other processes that would ultimately result in our physical death. Death, like birth, is part of life. Scripture teaches that “it was not expedient that man should be reclaimed from this temporal death, for that would destroy the great plan of happiness.” To return to God through the gateway we call death is a joy for those who love Him and are prepared to meet Him. Eventually the time will come when each “spirit and … body shall be reunited again in … perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame,”never to be separated again. For these physical gifts, thanks be to God! 
Elder Russel M. Nelson

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