“God gives us commandments to help us understand how we can fulfill his plan and become more like him.”The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Discussion 2, pg. 2_20
You freely gave your gift; you never told
us it might be revoked. Paid penalties,
even as you knew we’d fall short of old
god-worthy scions. Calmly bearing keys
and your birthright, you ply them to appease
our parents, even as we prides and joys
roughhouse in a drenched yard on muddy knees.
They mourn the clots like long lost golden boys,
and warn us sternly: take a bath or lose your toys.
This stanza is based loosely on the second missionary discussion, part of the Uniform System for Teaching the Gospel, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I taught this discussion to investigators on my mission in the mid-1990s. The featured image is of my personal copy.
Follow this link to read Stanza: The First Discussion.
Reactions to the poem are welcome in the Comments section below, along with thoughts about the second discussion from those who taught or received it.