my kids are a lot happier when I limit their use of social media. Like, it was a night and day change in their attitude.
So basically, I'm fine with my kids not using social media ever again. Or until they move out of my house.
I'm not sure why that is, but the evidence is plain to see with at least one of my children, so I'm going with it.
Last week for Young Women's we took the girls (and boys) to see the Tree of Life in Draper Park. Have you heard of this yet?
It was awesome.
And it sparkled. Which was even more awesome.
We started out at the church and did a thought on the Tree of Life. Knowing that this a story that they should all be fairly familiar with, I just asked them to walk me through it while one of the young women drew it on the board. (If this isn't a story you're familiar with you can read it in whole here.)
We started with the fountain, had the straight and narrow path with the iron rod. There was the river of water, and the great and spacious building. We covered part of the path with fog, and then at the end stood the Tree of Life.
Once we had our picture up, I asked them what does it all mean? And they knew the general answers (you can read them in full here):
fountain is the word of Christ,
the straight and narrow path the way that we should go,
the iron rod is the word of God,
the dirty river is the word of Christ dirtied and muddied by the philosophies of men,
the great and spacious building are those who
the fog is temptations in our lives,
and finally, they said the tree of life is heaven.
Which is exactly the answer I was hoping they would give.
Because, yes, it can be about the plan of salvation in that this is how we make it through this life to return to our Father in Heaven.
But it's more than that. It's also about our daily lives. The in and out pressures and temptations of school (for the youth) and work and just life are the fog that surround us. Sometimes we feel like we're lost and can't quite figure out our way on our path. So what do we need to do? We need to hold on to the rod, which is the word of God, meaning pick up your scriptures. Literally, hold on to the word of God. And by so doing you will find the Tree of Life, which is the love of God. Every day we can be doing this. And what is the fruit that we can partake of from that love? Peace, comfort, guidance, direction, tender mercies in our daily lives, answers to prayers. The possibilities are endless, really. And so, so personal.
So we talked about this.
And then we went to the Tree of Life.