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Adam and Eve experienced great sorrow and blessings

No decision in human history was quite like the one that Adam and Eve made to partake of a certain tree.From that tree, which offered an exalting kind of knowledge, there hung very peculiar fruit. To partake would be the keeping of a commandment, but the breaking of a rule of safety. Choosing to give up their paradise was in no way spineless or selfish. That simple partaking was momentous and heroic.On hearing the news, the heavenly hosts must have tingled with gratitude, and yet braced themselves with sober anticipation. The story of mankind had leapt forward.Meanwhile, Eve and Adam faced huge personal costs. They would be facing the acutely unfamiliar and uncomfortable.They had enjoyed grandeur and powers unimaginable to us. Now they would taste pungent problems unimaginable to them.The results would be far more than fragile bodies and minds, more than pain, fatigue, cold and heat.Weeds — uninvited and aggressive, menacing and choking the good — symbolized other costs that lay ahead. There would be thorns of sharp misunderstanding; thistles of clinging temptation; briars of entangling habit; and the sprawling undergrowth of sin-drenched, noxious culture.This was all quite foreign to our first parents when they reached for the fruit. They only knew it would soon be their lot.Before they partook, they were exempt from the mysterious appointment called physical death. Whatever it was, they would soon enough learn of the traumas it held, traumas least of all for the person dying.And yet another kind of death would close around them outside the Garden — loneliness for the edifying Father who had often cheered them. Even when not visiting their Garden in person, the whole place had borne the mark of his uplifting nature and had been imbued with his glory.This one loss by itself — the spiritual homesickness that would wax on and on — bids us honor that willing couple.Of course, a Comforter would in due time soften their separation from God. Still, another cost — one that even God himself must endure — awaited them. It was the grief that comes to parents over an errant child.The Book of Moses tells only a little of the parental sorrows of Adam and Eve. But it allows us to glimpse the breaking of their hearts.For example, we know that one of their children, a son who brought them comfort and joy, was killed by another son. Nor was the murdering one softened by so much as a hint of shame.We learn, too, that Cain had long since been breaking their hearts, from the days when he complained, "Who is the Lord, that I should know him?" And now he rejoiced in his cool-minded, cold-blooded act.We know of yet further sorrows. Those parents were witnesses to a deepening degradation that infected many of their other children. They watched in horror as a certain trend became popular — the trend to be more fascinated with the dark than with light. And they realized that this ugly pattern would survive the centuries like a virus.But it is possible to have joys alongside our sorrows. So it is with God himself, and so it was with Adam and Eve.They "ceased not to call upon God." They kept fellowshipping their unbelieving children. And in sacred gatherings they rejoiced with the faithful. The modest account gives us the reverent assurance that, despite problems, "the Lord blessed them."It is wonderful to know that this compensating blessing, "which was in the beginning of the world, shall be in the end of the world also." (See Moses 5:12-38; 6:4-8,48.)