Ever since I can remember, my family has always had a garden in our back yard. We grew corn, green beans, tomatoes, carrots, and we even had a raspberry patch. Everything tastes better when you grow it on your own. However, eating the food is not what I remember most about having a garden. The thing I remember most is having to weed it.
This is so true with life. We all want the blessings Jesus Christ promises us but we dont want to put forth the work. In a revelation given to Joseph Smith Jesus Christ taught that, "when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."(D&C 130:21) Obedience comes first then comes blessings. However, because we all sin, we all at times fall short of being perfectly obedient. Therefore we must work to eliminate sin so we can experience the fullest measure of blessings.
A couple weeks before I came on my mission I was out helping my mom in the garden again. This time as we were pulling weeds I found satisfaction. It was therapuetic to me. We worked hard together and we could see the progress of our work as we went along. We exclaimed to one another what a blessing weeding was. It was a great time to think about life and just enjoy the work. When all was said and done we looked at the results with a smile, our garden was free from weeds.
Repentance can be an enjoyable experience as we learn the importance of it. In the end we can smile and know that our garden is free from weeds. We cant however do it alone. We need our Savior Jesus Christ. Only through him can we be free from sin and recieve the fruits of our labors which is eternal life.
"Life is a garden, dig it"
Thanks mom for teaching me the importance of weeding.