On Saturday morning, my family all tried hard to let me sleep in. Even Noelle (9 months) must have been in on the pact. So I loved that! Around 8am, my 3 year old, Henry walked in and I invited him to come snuggle in bed with me.
I must pause here to tell you I still can’t smell a thing. #longeststuffynoseever
He was halfway in when he stopped and said, “Mama, I can’t snuggle with you. I have poop in my pull-up.”
“You are right Henry. You can’t come in my bed when you have poop in your pull-up.”
He thought about this for a minute and said, “I’ll go ask Papa to clean my bottom. Then I will come back to snuggle with you.”
“Okay!” I liked that idea on multiple levels. My husband is such a sweet guy. 😉
I love the kind of father he is to our kids!
A few minutes later, (my husband is fast too!), Henry came running back in.
“I AM CLEAN! Now I can snuggle with you.” In he hopped, clean as a whistle, happy as a clam.
(please note: I did not teach him to put his potty on his head. I just took the picture.)
Henry, who uses the potty during the day (#bestblessingever), still occasionally poops in his pull-up if he can’t make it to the bathroom quick enough in the morning. And when this does happen, he knows no one really wants to be around him until he is clean. Not that we love him any less, but its poop!
Heavenly Father, similarly, keeps a standard for His Home too. The scriptures teach us in multiple places this truth:
…no unclean thing can dwell with God (1 Nephi 10:21)
Not that He loves us any less, but to be marred by mistakes, sin and the general trash of the fallen world makes us as unpleasant to be around as poop in a child’s pull-up does to the those who have put that practice behind them.
Have you ever seen a child run away from the parent ready to change his messy diaper? (Have you ever been the parent running after the child with the stinky pants!? I have!) I can’t imagine the actual diaper changing process is fun for a child, but the alternative (#diaperrash) is less desirable, so a toddler submits to his father and endures the change.
The scripture version:
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father (Mosiah 3:19)
Here is the accompanying scripture smore. And, I do apologize for all the references to bodily functions. Since I’m a mama, I deal with poop a lot… Nephi said he “did liken all scriptures unto [his life].” I’m just practicing that principle. =)
S: (Prayer/Ask) Please help me to see mistakes and sin through God’s eyes.
M: (Study) (be sure to write down thoughts you have as you read these quotes and scriptures)
- Read closely what Elder Christofferson in this last General Conference teaches about the Savior’s role and about our role.
The gospel of Jesus Christ opens the path to what we may become. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and His grace, our failures to live the celestial law perfectly and consistently in mortality can be erased and we are enabled to develop a Christlike character. Justice demands, however, that none of this happen without our willing agreement and participation. It has ever been so. Our very presence on earth as physical beings is the consequence of a choice each of us made to participate in our Father’s plan
- Study Alma 36, when Alma the Younger tells his son about his repentance. As you read the familiar words, try to read them from the way God might see this particular struggle of this particular person.
- Isaiah 1:18
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
- Again from Elder Christofferson: (emphasis added)
We know that it is “the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom [the Father] wast well pleased; … the blood of [His] Son which was shed” that satisfies the demands of justice, extends mercy, and redeems us. Even so, “according to justice, the plan of redemption could not be brought about, only on conditions of repentance.” It is the requirement of and the opportunity for repentance that permits mercy to perform its labor without trampling justice.
Christ died not to save indiscriminately but to offer repentance. We rely “wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save” in the process of repentance, but acting to repent is a self-willed change. So by making repentance a condition for receiving the gift of grace, God enables us to retain responsibility for ourselves. Repentance respects and sustains our moral agency: “And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.
Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.
- Why does the world hate the word sin so much?
- Knowing that God cannot look on sin with the least degree of allowance, why did God allow sin to enter the world? Why does He let it continue?
- Considering God knows we can be clean from sin if we just choose to follow the Savior, think about the charge He has given to prophets to teach of the Redemption, as taught in Mosiah 3:13:
And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy
R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: Please help me to see mistakes and sin through God’s eyes) Also consider writing down the following:
- Make a chart with two columns. Name one column The Savior’s Role and the other My Role. With what you’ve studied above, especially the quotes from Elder Christofferson, fill in your chart.
- For a moment, be like Isaiah and write in the Savior’s voice to answer to question, “Why My Father cannot look on sin with the least degree of allowance”. (Doctrine and Covenants 1:31) For example, what you write could start out like this: My Father and I love each of His children. Of all God’s children, I know best how deeply He loves them. My Father is perfect and He knows His children could never stand comfortably in front of Him still blemished with imperfection….
E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.
The Challenge: Find a way to discuss what you’ve studied with another person. Consider showing them the chart you made concerning the Savior’s role and our role.
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