Hiking in Pioneer Park, St. George

I have gained new insight into Matthew 7:14: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
People hiking a narrow passage
Take this narrows. If this were the way that leads to life, in the first place it is hard to find. If we had not been with someone who already knew it was there, we would not have seen it; nor is it likely that we would have found it if we had been looking for it.

I have also gained new insight into Mosiah 3:19:

For behold the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man, and becometh a saint through the Atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

My wife sqeezing through the narrowest partMy wife’s cousin’s children made it through the narrows with no trouble whatsoever. My wife and her cousin were able to make it, though it was difficult. I, through my sin of gluttony (to be fair, there was some medication and side effects involved), had become too fat to make it through. I could suck my belly in, but that expanded my rib cage too much. I could deflate my lungs, but then my belly protruded too much. It was also a bit scary when I did try to proceed despite my not being able to fit, as then I could not inhale.

Too fat to fit
Another verse I have new insight into is Luke 18:25: “For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” The only way I will ever be able to make it through that narrows is if I can overcome the effects of my sin of gluttony, and shed the burden I have gained by being well-fed—an indicator of being rich in days gone by—and thus return to a size closer to my childhood size.

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