Yesterday, we spent our whole evening baking a Beautiful Chocolate Cake. Inside the cake was hidden a treasure box made of Hershey’s chocolate bars, containing a secret message for a family we recently met: Dear Jim, Jennifer, Jacob, and Jackson: We’d love to see you at church on Sunday! When it came time to deliver the cake, we didn’t have a ride, but after a lot of rigmarole, we finally made it to their doorstep, with relief, at 8:58pm! (our curfew is 9). We were thrilled to find them at home, and Jennifer answered the door smiling, but shortly informed us: “Thank you so much for the thought, but our son is deathly allergic to chocolate! If we even have a pan that’s been washed, but once had chocolate in it, he’s in danger” Can you believe it?! We hardly could. We climbed in the car and drove home, laughing to tears.
As we regaled our friends with the tale, I was reminded of the adage: You can’t eat your cake, and have it too; indicating that once eaten, keeping possession of the cake is no longer possible. I propose that this can apply to your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Once you are blessed with the knowledge that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us, and has a plan for us, who hears and answers our prayers, it is all but impossible to keep it to our selves! The joy and fulfillment received compels one to share the gospel with everyone who will listen. Joseph Smith said:
13Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—