OK, OK. I’ll nourish already. But what to nourish? Go introduced three trees in the Garden of Eden, so that seems like a great place to start.
“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the , and good for ; the of also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9
Trees of the Garden
“Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.” D&C 59:18-19
God knocked it out of the park with this one. He could have just given us pumpkins. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin clothing, pumpkin houses, pumpkin chairs… But He didn’t. No, we have almost 400,000 species of plants to give us food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. Of those, about 31,000 have documented use:
Source: Royal Botanic Gardens 2016 Report.
For much of the earth’s history, we all nourished seeds, but no more. Today almost all our food comes from he nourishing efforts of someone else. And so it is, we’re not advocating our readers all become farmers and grow their own food, but a little nourishing of your own food will teach you a lot about nourishing and bring you some of the most delicious food you’ve ever had.
We’ll leave it at this: God invited Adam and Eve to the world of nourishing with this simple invitation, “Til the ground.” And that’s what they did. Give it a try.
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
This section deserves its own blog, but suffice it to say that there are many truths waiting to be nourished by anyone smart enough to do it, including the word of God. And math, music, science, geography, technology, and a million others. After World War II, many young people actually ditched (pun intended) farming to nourish these seeds in colleges and universities springing up across the nation and eventually the world.
This shift was enabled by rapidly increasing yields in our farms. It was driven by a growing interest in how their fruits could improve our lives and by a recognition that nourishing seeds of the tree of knowledge of good and evil changes us. It makes us smart, maybe even wise and that was enough for many to leave the family farm.
Family farms are increasingly rare, so we can leave the family couch or whatever. Nourish knowledge whenever you can. Through school, online education, and healthy life experiences. There is no end to the seeds of knowledge.
Tree of Life
The ultimate tree of the Garden is the tree of life – people. You and me. The fruit is eternal life – or a state of constant nourishing. Unlike the fruit of the tree of knowledge, the fruit of the tree of life is off limits, protected by cherubim and a flaming sword, which I would say is impenetrable. But like the tree of knowledge, the real joy is in the nourishing. Nourishing and strengthening each other in our process of becoming. Like God.
There are degrees in the value of the fruits of our nourishing. Being newbies, we’ll nourish and get no fruits for our efforts. Except the fruits of the spirit, which is the constant reward for all who nourish. So pick some things and jump in.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” Galatians 5:22-23