Saturday, April 11, 2015
Today I was listening to a talk by Linda K. Burton. She spoke of our divine roles as men and women, and how Eve was a help-meet for Adam. As she explains, The phrase help meet means “a helper suited to, worthy of, or corresponding to him.” She was created specifically for Adam, which especially makes sense in the fact that he had a very specific roles to complete: He was to be the earthly father of all mankind. He could not, however, do this without Eve. Marriage is between a man and woman, not because it was created by that man, but because marriage is "from above". So, since Adam had the divine role of being the earthly father of us all, Eve had to help him in this regard. She knew her role. It was clear. I'm sure she contemplated what that role meant and she was not passive about it.
In Moses 4:12 we read "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it became pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make her wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and also gave unto her husband with her, and he did eat." There was something missing for Adam and Eve- knowledge. When Adam and Eve partook of the fruit the were able to have that knowledge and begin the steps back to their Father. And so now all mankind could come to earth and partake of the sorrow and joy of mortality.
I am grateful for Eve, because she teaches me that I have a role as a woman. I am to be a help-meet for Stuart. That, however, means we must be unified in our purpose. I have found that the best way to be unified is through God- He can give clear direction to both of us and confirm the needs of our family. He could ask us to go to Iowa, Oklahoma, or Singapore... and we would go. He could ask us to pray, and we would pray. He could ask us to wait, and we would wait.
I know my role. It is clear. I will contemplate what that role means and not be passive about it.