Just for fun, imagine with me the following scenario: You are in the premortal realm. You are nervous, but excited. You are poised to leave for your mortal journey on earth. As you turn to go, a heavenly guide softly whispers in your ear: “Quantum. Physics. Remember: quantum physics. You need to get this one thing down during your earthly sojourn… quantum physics. Don’t forget!!!”
Of course, this silly scenario isn’t true. Our most critical focus on earth is not to ace quantum physics, or even figure out things like the intricate details of planet formation, or the connection between trees and their underground fungi (albeit this is fascinating:), or the history of mathematics, or the nuances of ultimate frisbee, or a trillion other things. It’s not that all of these things aren’t important. They are just less important than That. One. Thing.
What is this thing- the most important thing we came to earth to learn and practice? As they say in Star Wars, “Search your feelings Luke”. You already know: it’s to love purely, as our Savior loved.
Mortality is a classroom. We are in physical classes and/or invisible “life lesson” classes every day. But the most important class to pass is:
Learning to Love Purely 101.
Instructor: Jesus Christ
Duration: Till We Get it Right
When our Savior was asked:
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matt. 22: 36-40)
In keeping with the brilliant happiness plan of Deity, loving God comes first, before all else. When we truly love and honor Him, we “fuel our gas tanks” so we can zip through mortality, loving others.
Opposition, our eager travel companion, provides challenge along the way. Remember the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10?
38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he (Jesus) entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Martha reminds me I don’t need to be super worried, hurried, or harried. She has already done these things for me. Jesus supplied the antidote: feed ourselves spiritually, first. When I am spiritually filled, my “cup runneth over” and the love spills onto those around me.
I want to be like Mary. I know, my name is Mary. But you know-New Testament Mary. As life’s time requests pile up all around me, every day, I think “Be like Mary, Mary”. Feed your soul. Then feed your people. This way, you will be able to feed them with the pure love of Christ, even charity (see Moroni 7:47, the Book of Mormon).
The Savior said “Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Isn’t it interesting that all physical things can, potentially, be taken from us? But what we have learned, and what we become inside-our character-cannot be taken away from us. Further, our pure relationships cannot be taken away.
Our most critical class, then, embraces all this eternal yumminess -all that cannot be taken away.
Let’s keep choosing “the good part” so we can ace “the class to pass”!
P.S. Dear readers: I wrote a book, and it will likely be published in a handful of months! I will keep you posted as things unfold.
Also, you can check out our podcast “Moms Meet World”, for silliness and (hopefully) some sense:). It’s all about strengthening home and family. My favorite recent episode is “Moms Meat World.” There are lots of episodes to choose from, including a brand new one with a daughter (I have six of them and two sons, in-law kids and a husband-we sometimes record in varying combinations of us).
Thanks all, and virtual hugs!