Today I've been pondering the eternal nature of our physical bodies. Our bodies are so important and vital for our progression that one of the major purposes for this life is just to receive one.
We know that when the plan of receiving our bodies was presented to us in the premortal existence that we not only accepted the plan but rejoiced. We long awaited the gift of a physical body.
Today I read a scripture in D&C 138 It's speaking about the time the Savior spent between being crucified and resurrecting. He visited the spirit world- specifically the dead, who had already lived on earth and was now separated from their bodies. It tells how the spirits were now free (by the atonement and resurrection of the Savior) free because they could be reunited with their bodies. In verse 50 it reads:
For the dead had looked upon the long absence of their spirits from their bodies as a bondage.
Try to imagine how you would feel leaving your body behind.
How precious are our bodies? I remember being taught that part of our test on earth was to see how we treated our bodies. How are we doing? Do we value our bodies as the temples they are? Do we respect them?
What will you do with what you know?
With knowing these truths-- how will you treat your body now? Will you continue to put it down? Will you abuse it with deprivations or over indulgence? What will you do differently?
This week treat your body with the respect it deserves as an eternal body. Be kind to it and take care of it in a manner that would be pleasing unto our Father which is in Heaven.