Friday, June 5, 2009

Tasting the Truth

"'He maketh me to lie down' gives us a picture of repose. It is a picture of fullness and satisfaction. Sheep will not lie down when they are hungry. If you see a sheep lying down in green pastures, you may be sure the sheep is satisfied. Sheep do not eat lying down. If you put a tuft of sweet, tender grass under the nose of a lying sheep it will not eat it unless it first rises to its feet.

The rest of the sheep is not an idle rest. Sheep do not lie down to feed, but they do chew the cud. They bring up from the first stomach the grass they have eaten and chew it over and over and over again...The word 'mediate' is really 'ruminate,' and merely means chewing the cud...The shepherd is satisfied to have the sheep lying down chewing the cud, for he knows they are healthy, content, and growing wool. (Moyer 20-21)."

When we meditate upon the words of the prophets and the scriptures, pondering repeatedly the truths found there, we are like wise sheep who know that the nourishment gained from their food will not obtained by one quick chewing.

"Green pastures are literally 'pastures of tender grass.' ...The green pastures are the young, tender, tasty, and nutritious grass upon which the sheep feed. For us...the green pastures are the... Scriptures (Moyer 18-20)."

Joseph Smith taught that the truth is delicious. He said, "This is good doctrine. It tastes good. I can taste the principles of eternal life, and so can you (TPJS 355).


  1. I love this analogy. I love to lie down in the green pastures and ponder continually.