Emily Belle Freeman



Fall Down

Brother Butler wrote about peaches on Tuesday.  The high hanging fruit.  MMMmmmm...  Peaches really are one of my favorite parts about fall. I've been thinking about peaches because we studied the tree of life dream in seminary this week.

We talked a lot about the tree.

And the fruit.

Elder Bednar explains that the tree is Christ, and the fruit is His atonement.

We read about all of the different people who were in the vision.

The ones who felt after the building instead of the tree and drowned in the river of filthiness.

The ones who started up the path but got lost in the mist of temptation.

The ones who made it to the tree, ate the fruit, and then dropped it and left ashamed.

And last we read of the people in 1 Nephi 8:30, "But...behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree."

Do you noticed something that seems wrong in that verse?

There is a phrase that just doesn't make sense...

they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree...

Have you ever picked fruit?

We have been picking it all week.

And at our house, when we pick fruit we reach up.


So why did the people in the vision fall down?

The answer is in 1 Nephi 11:24, "I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him."

In this case reaching requires falling down.

I can't help but think of the word gratitude.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet the Savior?  What would you say?  What would you do?  Will it be like meeting someone you admire?  Look up to?  Respect?

I think not.

I believe it will be like seeing your best friend after a long absence.  Like coming home.  I think my mind will fill with flashbacks of all of the moments when the Savior has been by my side during this journey.  The moments when He has lifted me.  Given me strength.  Been my hope.

In that moment perhaps I will fall down.

In gratitude.

Because of the opportunity that was mine to partake of the fruit.

In the dictionary there are two phrases used as synonyms for the word gratitude...

Fall down on your knees.

Never forget.

I am reminded how grateful I am for the tree.

And the fruit.