As a toddler, a nibble is sometimes all it takes to be satisfied with a new taste. As a teenager, a full serving is often desired. As an adult, the whole meal lends itself to complimenting one taste with the others. But, there’s yet an even more desirous method of satisfying your taste buds, and this is the time of the year that it gets mentioned…a feast. Just those two simple words, Thanksgiving feast, starts your mouth to water and the brain to conjure up the memories of those delightful foods from Thanksgivings past!
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to order a $45 steak from the menu at an upscale restaurant, believing that a steak could never be worth $45. Boy was I wrong! That steak was like a piece of warm chocolate cake that just melts in your mouth. Years later, I vividly recollect experiencing that there is certainly a difference between a $20 steak and a $45 steak – one that is quite tantalizing to the taste buds! My meal was something to remember, but it didn’t measure up to a feast.
Our son is a chef, pursuing his passion for the culinary arts over the past five years of his young life. He recently had the opportunity to dine at a world-renown restaurant within a few miles of where I had my $45 steak. That meal came with a final tab of $1,500 for the four of them. For all intents and purposes, this was truly a feast to be remembered for a lifetime for him and his three visitors from Canada! A feast is so much more than just a great meal, a daily meal or a nibble. It is a totally fulfilling experience, not just a filling one!
In our studies of Second Nephi in the Book of Mormon, we have recounted Nephi’s writings about the scatterings and gatherings of the House of Israel; the rebellion and destruction of the Nephites; the Jews and the Gentiles becoming one in their belief in Christ; and the Gentiles bringing the words of Nephi’s writings “as the voice of one crying from the dust” back to his father’s descendants. In this book, Nephi has laid out intermingling timelines of these great societies and the strength that they will receive from one another in these last days. At the end of this history – and future history – lesson, Nephi counsels us, the readers of his writings, to “feast upon the words of Christ.” (See 2 Nephi 32:3.)
When we sit down to read about our Savior Jesus Christ, do we just nibble at the stories we read? Do we take small bites of the doctrines taught in His parables and teachings? Do we get a full serving of understanding the great love and grace behind His Atonement? Do we enjoy the whole meal of complimenting courses of His life, teachings, parables and miracles for us to follow? Or, do we sit down, as we do at Thanksgiving time, to feast upon the words that we have at our disposal? Do we truly understand the role that our Lord plays in our lives? There is so much for us to study, ponder and understand, and it will truly take a feast for us to take it all in – providing us with a fulfilling experience, not just filling us up.
Nephi declares, “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (See 2 Nephi 25:26.) Later, in the closing verses of his history and teachings, he continues to encourage everyone to “…hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.” (See 2 Nephi 33:10.)
In referring to the Book of Mormon in his October 1986 General Conference address, President Ezra Taft Benson counselled the world, “There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book…When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.” As you start planning your family’s Thanksgiving feast, use it as a time to reflect upon your personal feast of the words of Christ. It’s time to fulfill your soul with the Spirit of Christ in your life!