I love having a new year to start all over with.
It always makes me wonder how God tells time. How amazing it is to me that we feel as though days take forever… and to our Heavenly Father, our time down here is a mere blink of the eye.
How intense it must be, to live forever.
I can’t wrap my mind around it.
I sometimes sit around and think about things like that.
Someone recently said in church that scientists have proved the earth is some 4.5 billion years old. I looked over at my sister and said, “You realize that means we’re more than 4.5 billion years old, right?”
Crazy to think.
I wonder. What I was like before I was here. What we did, who I befriended. How time passed.
I have so many questions but I find when I ask things like that, some leaders at church get nervous. Like I’m questioning my faith or something like that.
It’s happened so many times in the past two years to myself and a few others, that I’ve grown a wee bit annoyed with this response.
Curiosity is not evil.
Look up general conference talks or open an ensign. Look at last week’s lesson in the new Come Follow Me manual. We are encouraged to ask questions. That doesn’t mean we’ll get answers. Sometimes – like in the case with all of my above questions – they are things we won’t know the answers to until the Millenium.
And I’m totally okay with that. I simply wonder. And again, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Our society is so strange to me at times. No one wants anyone to ask questions, to rock the boat, to poke at something no one knows the answers to.
Heavenly Father doesn’t give us all the answers on purpose. That’s the whole point of faith. If we knew all the answers, had all the proof we needed, it would be easy, this life. There’d be no test to anything.
Not only would that be boring for our mortal minds, but it would completely void out the point of this life.
So next time you have a question, maybe preface with the fact that you’re not doubting your faith, but are simply curious. That’s what I’m going to try.
And if someone asks you questions, please don’t insult them by immediately assuming they’re questioning the gospel. Yes, that happens. But no, not every time someone asks a question.
Can you wrap your mind around the fact that we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before this life, and are over 4 and a half billion years old?