The other day I was stopped at a red light when when the guy in the car next to me decided he wanted to race. He had an expensive, flashy car with the seats full of friends to show off to. When the light turned green his foot hit the gas and with screeching tires he shot ahead, leaving me in the dust. Me and my 2005 Mazda (which does 0-60 in about 52 seconds) didn't stand a chance.
I knew from the start that I would never beat that guy, and I didn't even try, but it wasn't my aging car that kept me from racing him. The truth is, I simply didn't care about winning.
“Stay young FOREVER!” It’s the underlying ingredient in cosmetic sales and mixes itself into creams, moisturizers, and more. Health programs advertise that “you’ll feel 25 again!” (And from the perspective of a barely 20/broke college student, I’m not sure that’s as good of a deal as it’s made out to be...)
I remember reading books in school about kings and emperors who fought valiantly in the pursuit of immortality. Pirates of the Caribbean depicts fictitious scenes of both action and humor as they fight to get to the “fountain of youth.” In the real world, the famous Terracotta Warriors were crafted by Emperor Qin, a man terrified by death. He was determined to maintain power after his earthly life ended and his clay army would protect him in the afterlife. Though these stories took place in a day when superstition didn’t seem so out of place, I still firmly believe the same narrative continues today.
Lydia: Eternity was always a part of my childhood. I sang about “families being together forever” and “living in heaven a long time ago.” Though my four-year-old self probably couldn’t have explained it, I knew my existence extended far beyond this life.
Growing up illuminated the vastness of eternity. Loved ones passed. I had to ask if I believed the scriptures I’d read all my life. Day-to-day reality held so much uncertainty. Sometimes fear threatened to swallow me whole. Could I believe in an unknown that existed beyond my here and now?
Lydia and Jordan Anderson grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah. After serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they met, fell in love, and were married in August 2018. Now they spend their days working to build their eternity together and hope to help you on your own journey back to God.