On most days we eat lunch. Then, a few hours later we eat dinner. Fairly normal, I guess. One day, a few hours after eating lunch I called my children in for dinner. Isaac, age 5, groaned and complained loudly, “What! We have to eat again!?”
As a mom who cooks and prepares almost all three meals, all seven days of most weeks, I wholeheartedly agree! It feels like two seconds after I’ve cleaned up lunch that I’m making a mess all over again in the kitchen for dinner. What is with all of this eating??
Elder Scott started his October 2014 talk with this insightful point:
When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, all that they needed for daily sustenance was abundantly given to them.
I wish I were in the Garden with them! Imagine if all the waffles my children needed for breakfast were growing on a bush right over there. I might find myself with a lot of free time in the mornings. But, in the absence of the waffle tree, I find myself spending a lot of time preparing food for the people I love. Surely God intends us to learn something from our constant need of nourishment.
In college, food seemed like an afterthought. (Oh! I need to grab something to eat before I go to bed!) But, as a mother- it must be a forethought to avoid the “maaa-maaa, I’m HUNgry!! I’m STARVing!” (#keepingthreeboysfullisimpossible)
My thoughts throughout the day are like this: “I just gave him the last banana. I need to get some more when I’m at the store. I think I have a few black ones in the back of the fridge. Those make great banana bread. Maybe I’ll make some quick then I’ll have a snack when the kids come home from school, which is good because we are just about out of whole wheat bread. Then for dinner we shouldn’t have soup, since bread is nice with soup and I need that bread to make a sandwich for his lunch tomorrow..What should I make for dinner then? Oh we have some peppers I need to use- I could make jambalaya.. hmm,,, then I’ll need tomato sauce- do I have any left?…. “
exciting thoughts from a mama’s brain, I know. =)
Food Prep for a family is a full time job. And many times I find myself asking, “Why did God create us with systems that need to be fed three times a day!?”
Moses 3:5 teaches us that there is a connection between things spiritual and things temporal. God wants us to learn how to feed our spirits- thus, we live here on Earth with a basal need to feed our physical bodies. God wants us to learn that strong spiritual food makes strong spiritual minds- thus, we (hopefully) learn here on Earth that when we eat well, we feel well. God wants us to learn there is joy in strengthening the soul of another- thus, He helps us feel love when we take the time to feed the physical body of another person.
What did Jesus do when He came to the Earth? He fed the hungry. On the days when I feel tired of constantly preparing food for my little ones, I try to remember that Jesus did just that. When I feed my hungry children, I am walking in the footsteps of my Savior.
With these thoughts in mind, here is the accompanying study s’more:
S: (Prayer/Ask) What does God want me to learn from the need of (constant!) food preparation and consumption?
- Manna from heaven- (Manna, bible dictionary)
- Exodus 16
- John 6:22-69
- Notice how this chapter starts with Jesus feeding the 5,000.
- He testifies that He is the Bread of Life
- Jesus teaches to rely on His Bread- the Atonement
- Elder Christofferson’s video on daily sustenance
- What manna do you have in your life?
- In the moment, what makes you forget the miracle of that manna? (like Neal A. Maxwell says: “Some demand more miracles even while consuming a daily menu of manna and forgetting its remarkable Source.” (1999)
- In what ways is the Sacrament like manna? In what ways is it a higher law?
- What does the Atonement have in common with manna?
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: What does God want me to learn from the need of food preparation and consumption?)
E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.
The Challenge: While making dinner for yourself or family, think about the Bread of Life instead of only thinking about the bread for dinner.
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