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Beverly WellingtonSeptember 7, 2016

I have been reading Genesis over again. This article opened my eyes to new meaning for the skins and fig leaves worn by Adam and Eve and how that relates to me today. Thank you Brother Wilcox for additional understanding.

KarenAugust 16, 2016

Eddy Meredith, you might want to read articles on symbolism In the Febuary 2007 and January 1981 Ensign. There is also an article in the OT student manual that covers it. Ive heard it said that the language of heaven is symbolism but I have a very concrete way of seeing things, so I've spent years trying to 'catch' symbolism. This was a lovely article...THANK YOU!

KirkAugust 16, 2016

This is one the best articles I have ever read in my life. My eyes have been opened and I thank you Meridian and Brother Wilcox.

MarieAugust 15, 2016

I have thought of the killing of the lamb in order to get the skins to make the clothing. It must have been pretty much a shock to Adam and Eve, never having been introduced to death to see the death of an innocent animal as the first death on earth. I'm sure it frightened them and filled them with sorrow. And then they were commanded to offer sacrifice and it wasn't explained until later. I'm sure it was unpleasant and upsetting, to have to kill creatures that they had learned to love and care for in Eden. Still they were obedient.

Edy MeredithAugust 15, 2016

How do you know it is symbolic? Is there a special revelation you have had or you could refer me to so that I can check it out, please?

SherryAugust 15, 2016

Thank you for the great insights! So many things that I wouldn't ever think of on my own. I need all the helpI can get! I want to study the book now! Thanks Meridian!

B StoutAugust 14, 2016

I love Meridian.

SarahAugust 13, 2016

@Deb, I asked that too, but my comment wasn't published. Why wear the same thing as Satan?

Pete PrattAugust 12, 2016

Brother Wilcox: Thanks for these insights. During 20 years service as a temple worker I've conducted so many endowment sessions I've memorized it just by paying attention to the narration; but you've given me a completely new perspective on what I thought I understood.

DebAugust 12, 2016

Great article. I wonder why we don't lose our false 'coverings' symbolically in the temple? Would welcome email response!

Cindy BowerAugust 11, 2016

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful insights. I want to review them often. I am so thankful that the restored gospel found me and that I have been able to continue to learn more and more and more. Even though I'm not able to attend Education week, I am so enriched by reading Meridian Magazine.

Gary BealAugust 10, 2016

On a related note regarding symbolism and the Garden: I have just finished reading C.S. Lewis's sci-fi novel "Perelandra." Among other things, it is a Christian allegory. Chapters of the book describe how Satan spent many days in sophisticated persuasion, trying to tempt Eve, displaying all of the tricks and subtleties that he employed in trying to convince her to break God's commandment. You can see Satan using many of his tools that are employed today, to try to break down Eve's resistance. In the Temple, we may lose sight of the fact that the time frame we observe is HIGHLY symbolic, and per your advice, we need to refocus our attention in the temple to the "mythopoetic" meaning of the story, not the "facts." Thanks for such bracing observations.

vickieAugust 10, 2016

when i was in college, I took English literature. I was amazed to find a study of the bible in it. then I realized how important the bible was in british history and lives of the people as a means of education. I also learned that the interpretation of the words in the bible were made to be more poetic by a man named John Boyse or Boise.

SueAugust 10, 2016

This is so beautiful. Thank you for your insights, Michael.

Juditih La MontganeAugust 10, 2016

I learned much from this insightful article. I had never before considered the idea that the skins worn by Adam and Eve could well have been, at least figuratively, from a lamb in a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. What a beautiful concept.

Nerita FlakeAugust 10, 2016

Lovely

AmyAugust 10, 2016

This is the most fascinating article I have ever read on Meridian. Thank you so much! I can't begin to express how much this article has enlarged my understanding and enhanced my ability to worship in holy places. I find this article truly life changing!

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