Let Thy Soul Delight in Fatness

Banana bread pudding with caramel sauce

We indulged this weekend.

I took a half a loaf of stale bread, several too-ripe bananas and made banana bread pudding with caramel sauce, a recipe from Caroline’s Bake Shop.  We eat plain breakfast fare throughout the week—oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, cold cereal, Pop Tarts and scrambled eggs, frozen bagels—but on Saturday I bake something yummy.  It’s a tradition. The rich, buttery caramel sauce atop the bread pudding filled us this Saturday morning before we embraced another tradition we treasure.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and this weekend our church held a General Conference from Salt Lake City. We participated via satellite television at our home in Minnesota. We feasted on eight hours of inspired talks from our church leaders spread out over Saturday and Sunday.

“The craving of the natural man can never be satisfied.” This statement came from Robert D. Hales, as one of the first talks. Those words apply so well to my indulgent need for treats. He referenced the excesses we face in our modern word and taught how we can break the cycle of uncontrolled wants that can lead to debt and addiction for ourselves and coming generations. He said,

Our children are growing up in times of economic uncertainty. Just as our grandparents and great-grandparents learned vital lessons through economic adversity. what we learn now, in our present circumstances, can bless us and our posterity for generations to come.

For both debt and addiction, the hopeful solution is the same — we must turn to the Lord and follow his commandments. We must want more than anything else to change our lives so that we can break the cycle of debt and other uncontrolled wants.

He proposed that what we are really seeking from our wants is the Lord’s love.  Most notably to me, he quoted this scripture, one that ironically, I read while the bread pudding baked.

Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.

The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 9:51

I, too, desire the fatness of life. I’m learning, though, that my first response in fulfilling my wants and needs is to turn to a loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Then my soul is filled.

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