Monday, May 16, 2011

False Traditions that begin to take over like weeds

photo taken on May 10, 2011 of a highway overgrown with weeds outside of Phoenix

photos taken on May 10th of 2 different paintings of Samuel the Lamanite 
painted by Walter Rane's on exhibit at the Mesa Temple Visitor Center 
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
Colossians 2:8

Currently at the Visitor's Center at the Mesa Temple is the exhibit of Walter Rane's painting depicting many of the scenes from the Book of Mormon. I found it interesting that at the exhibit ...on both sides of the painting of Christ coming to the America... are these two paintings of the Lamanite prophet in the Book of Mormon sent by the Lord to teach and warn the Nephites just before the Savior’s birth. His name was Samuel. Samuel prophesied of signs relating to the birth and death of Jesus Christ and of the destruction of the Nephites. The one on the left is Samuel receiving his call to preach repentance and the one on the right is of Samuel sounding the warning call. He was to go to Zarahelma the city in which the Church was established. I find it curious to know what happened to a once righteous city that was evidentually destroyed.

On my way up to the Grand Canyon I pulled over to a rest stop to take some pictures. I notice this once traveled highway that is now overgrown with weeds. A portent storm was approaching as I was taking this picturs. How does a once beautiful well traveled road eventually become overgrown with weeds. It would seem impossible for weeds to grow up through a supposably firm foundation of concrete? But over time if we are not careful, unwanted weeds will take over.

1 comment:

  1. Love the picture's you posted as well as the thought you used to connect the two. It made me think about my own life and spirituality. Strangely enough, the drive from Utah to Arizona and back is one of my all time favorite drives (and I'm a road-tripper, so I know what I'm talking about). :)