Weed: The term weed is a subjective one, without any classification value, since a plant that is a weed in one context is not a weed when growing where it belongs or is wanted. Indeed, a number of plants that many consider “weeds”, are often intentionally grown by people in gardens or other cultivated-plant settings. [Source]
When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden for eating of the fruit from the tree they were told not to eat from there were several things that happened. They then knew the difference from good and evil, they could not reproduce and have children, and Adam was told the following:
23 And unto Adam, I, the Lord God, said: Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the fruit of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying—Thou shalt not eat of it, cursed shall be the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
24 Thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
25 By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou shalt return unto the ground—for thou shalt surely die—for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou wast, and unto dust shalt thou return. [Moses 4:23-25]
Notice that at that point after they knew good from evil the lord then introduced Weeds, and told Adam that he would have to work by the sweat of they face to provide for his family. On this item I would like to continue.
In the scriptures there are lots of parables where the Lord and His prophets talk about seeds, and compare the seeds to the word of God.
- Luke 8 – the parable of the sower, “The seed is the Word of God”.
- Alma 32 – Alma compares the Word unto a seed.
Peter also talks about the Word of God being a seed.
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Notice how he compares the Word of God to grass, and the flower of the grass is the glory of man. It comes for a season, but then is dies, but the grass lives on.
This is what I would like to talk about. By definition, a weed is a plant that you don’t want to be where it was planted or where it is growing. I think that we can also look at the Word of Satan as seeds as well.
If you have done any gardening, or tried to keep a nice green lawn, you know that no matter how hard you try, you will get weeds that pop up and grow in the weirdest places. These weeds if not pulled up will eventually take over the garden or grass and the plants you want to grow are deprived of water, soil and other things required to make them grow.
The seeds of Satan (Word of Satan, or the Word of the World) is constantly putting weed seeds in our personal gardens. These seeds are fighting to get a hold, and to rob the Word of God seeds from growing. I have never heard anyone say, “Man, I can’t get those vegetables to stop growing… They just keep killing those weeds and I don’t have to do anything in my garden.” Like gardening, if you want to keep your testimony and the Word of God seeds growing, you need to constantly be pulling up the weeds that Satan plants.
If you stop working on your testimony garden, eventually, the Word of God plants will die and be replaced by the Word of the World plants.
Some of those plants may look pretty, and you think you can let them go for a while, but eventually, they will have their toll on the Word of God plants, and even make it so that new seeds cannot be planted.
This is one of the reasons why I feel it is important to concentrate on the basics of the gospel. It is always important to work on Prayer, Fasting, Faith, Church attendance, and service in the Church. If you don’t work on the basics, eventually they will be chocked out by weeds, or less important plants that really don’t matter. Like Paul said, we can have a lot of flowers in our garden, but they don’t last for long.
Just something I have been thinking about lately and wanted to share. I really thought about this when I was pulling up some Morning Glory (not the Utah small flower morning glory) we planted several years ago. We really liked the plant, but it has now gotten in the way of the asparagus we planted as well. And if we let the Morning Glory have its way, the asparagus would of been on its last year.
Just something to think about.