Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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From Sunday School

Yesterday, I was so caught up writing about Pioneer Day that I didn't take the chance to write about the other thing I wanted to write about. We had a great lesson in Sunday School that explained why both the Atonement and the Fall of Adam were necessary, and it put it in such nice terms, that I wanted to type it up here.

Our Sunday School teacher had a blackboard, so he was able to make a handy little chart. He asked everybody what the characteristics of Adam and Eve were before the Fall, and it went something like this:

Innocent :(
Unable to have children :(
Immortal :)
Had no work to do :(
Lived with God :)

I seem to remember there being four unhappy things, but neither of us can remember the fourth one, so maybe there were only three. The "innocent" thing could use some explanation, because it does mean free of sin, but more importantly, it means unaware, not knowing the difference between right and wrong. And speaking as people who have gone for weeks on end without work, we can vouch for that being a bad thing. We kind of think of that as meaning a lack of creative capacity.

So anyway, then there was the fall and Adam and Eve became like this:

Aware :)
Able to have babies :)
Mortal :(
Had to work :)
Cut off from God :(

Our own personal observations are that knowing stuff, having babies, and having to work can all be very trying, not always :) things, but that's just because, currently we live in an imperfect world because of being mortal and being cut off from God. And that's where the Atonement comes in! Thanks to the Atonement, we can all be:

Aware :)
Able to have babies :)
Immortal :)
Having work to do :)
Living with God :D

And they all lived happily ever after!

And that's that. I wish I could remember it just a little bit better, but that will do, I think.

Today I'm thankful for this new project going a little faster than expected, Celeste being super nice and agreeing to help us drop Oreo off for his checkup tomorrow morning, having plans to go out for breakfast after dropping Oreo off, still having a bunch of cookies to look forward to eating, and nifty little explanations.
Tags: church

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