I would bet that if you asked a hundred Mormons to describe eternity you would get a hundred different depictions (even if that group included Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson). And if you asked me seven days in a row I would likely give you seven different versions. And I’m okay with that.
This last Saturday was as close as I’m going to get to one of those versions (version #WC41809 to be exact). Look at all the similarities:
WC41809: Beautiful location. Attractive architecture.
Saturday: Beautiful location (Scarsdale) with gorgeous architecture (have you seen the houses there?).
WC41809: Sunny. warm. Either Spring or Fall.
Saturday: Sunny, warm Spring day.
WC41809: A community-binding event.
Saturday: Our dear friends’ son’s baptism.
WC41809: Casual (or no) schedule.
Saturday: After the morning baptism, no schedule, no checking watches, no time-related stress whatsoever.
WC41809: Friends. Lots and lots of friends.
Saturday: Friends. Lots and lots of friends.
Saturday: Oh, there were plenty of children.
WC41809: Sitting with friends on a patio/deck talking about nothing important.
Saturday: Sat with friends on a patio talking about our kids, Tivo, work, etc. (although one of those I couldn’t live without…)
WC41809: Lots of smiling and laughing.
WC41809: Delicious food.
Saturday: Cinnamon Bears (impossible to obtain here in the east), Peanut M&M’s, chips and salsa and veggies with dip.
WC41809: Mansions above.
Saturday: Hey, we live in 650 sq. ft. in Brooklyn so anything in the suburbs is a mansion to us. But we were in Scarsdale and our friends’ houses are gorgeous.
WC41809: Fulfilling an unfulfilled earthly fantasy.
Saturday: We played Rockband for an hour. I think that qualifies.
WC41809: Great conversations with great friends.
Saturday: Yeah, that sums it up.
WC41809: Sharing it all with family.
Saturday: I shared it with my wife and baby, but no other family. (in this version of eternity the rest of my family happens to be having a similar day with their friends elsewhere…)
It’s nice to get a glimpse now and then.