“We need women who have the courage and vision of Our Mother Eve.”

art by Caitlin Connolly

I am ok if Eve had everything planned out in her mind before eating the fruit,

and I am also ok if she didn’t.

I feel that either way you look at it, you have to do some mental gymnastics. Conference quotes and even the actual scriptural accounts of the fall just don’t all perfectly match up, no matter how hard you try.

However that moment happened, it doesn’t change how much I adore Eve.

Because, to me, the most important thing about Eve is what she did AFTER she partook of the fruit.

AFTER she knew good from evil.

AFTER she was introduced to her Savior.

(This next part is made clear in the temple.)

She clung to Jesus and her covenants.

And that, to me, is awe-inspiring.

It’s everything I want to do and be in life.

And that’s the biggest reason I honor and respect and love Mother Eve.

Because after transgression came progression.

The fall…forward.

God made something wonderful out of a less than ideal situation—and He can in my life too.

He had a plan for Eve, and she continually turned towards Him and that plan.

President Nelson has said, “We need women who have the courage and vision of our Mother Eve.”

And I couldn’t agree more.

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