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“Counsel” by Faith Kershisnik

Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon adam, who slept: and Onlybegotten said:

Lord, you lied to adam.

And Lord God began to form woman. And Onlybegotten said:

You told him if he ate of the fruit, he’d die. That day, he’d die. We know that’s not true.

Lord God continued to form woman. Then Lord God taught Onlybegotten, saying:

I didn’t lie to adam. Every time he partakes of experience, adam dies. He becomes a new adam, and he may not always be a better adam than the old one. Experience can corrupt, or it can perfect.

Mortality will be a million little deaths, everyday, if he eats of this fruit.

And when Lord God finished speaking, He also finished forming woman.

And again Lord God turned to Onlybegotten, saying:

I’ll tell you one more thing, Son. It may not be the whole truth on a physical level, but it works. You know why it works?

Fear.

They’re in paradise right now, with nothing to fear, nothing that prepares them for mortality.

If they’re going to Live, I need to know they can make a reach through their fear.

A reach for each other, a reach for you, a reach for me, a reach for happiness through their fear.

If adam or the woman can’t make that kind of reach, they have no business eating that fruit. They have no business Living, because Life isn’t worth anything if you can’t reach through the fear.

And Onlybegotten saw Wisdom in the face of the woman they’d formed, and wept.

And in the Garden, Jesus wept, adam slept, she awoke, and God was.

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A Q&A about this story with Faith Kershisnik is available here

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