"And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter."
2 Nephi 2:15
Sometimes I wonder why things that are bad for you seem so great. Fried chicken, chocolate cake... wow. YUM. :) And things that are good for you are often foul. Ever try diet cheese? ...And it goes well beyond food. People get addicted for a reason... it feels good. So many things have this amazing, but very temporary and dangerous, payoff. And sometimes it seems so wrong that we have to eat the not-so-great stuff to be healthy, or that the good-tasting stuff is really bad, or the things that seem so tempting to our feelings or emotions in many other ways are what we need to avoid. ... But this verse explains why things have to be this way. It wouldn't be real choice if all the good stuff was golden and shiny and the bad stuff was ugly and moldy. We have to learn to see things on a deeper level, to really recognize good and evil, not just what tastes or feels good in a particular moment. And hey... remember nectarines. :) They taste good AND they are good for you! Yes. :) Today, let's keep looking for the things that are good all the way through, and avoid shallower decisions.