photo taken about a hundred yards from the home we stayed at with friends
over President's Day weekend on February 18, 2012
"For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things."
2 Nephi 2:11
If you look at the photo, most would see just a desert landscape. Few might notice any symbolism in it, let alone see the symmetry or the contrasts. Here are just a few things to notice.
The contrasts(opposites) and the symmetry (balance):
- The top half of the photo is sky, the air is invisible to our eyesight, yet the substance is everpresent. (Heaven Above)
- The bottom half of the photo is land, the ground is solid, and tangible. (Earth Below)
- On the bottom half there is vegetation.
- The top half is solid and immovable rock.
- The left half of the red rock is in the Light. The right half of the red rock mountain is Dark. There is a canyon, or gulf that divides the two.
What is interesting to me is that there are clouds that appear on the red rock mountains in the Light. The air/gas has taken a form and descended down onto the high elevations of the earth.
We usually misquote the above scripture by saying "there must be opposition in all things". We drop the "an" which changes the meaning. As quoted in 2 Nephi it simply means there must be a choice - good or bad, holiness or misery, etc. The way we misinterpret the scripture makes it sound like there always has to be a trial or difficulty. The test is simply are we going to choose the good - or the bad?