This is a repost from 2011. Partly because I love it, but also because, in the exercise of reviewing the past year and looking forward to the New Year, I would still ask just this one question.
A few years ago my job at church was to teach a class of 5 and 6-year-olds each Sunday. They would say the cutest things. One Sunday the lesson was about staying pure and making good choices. There was a point in the lesson where we talked about Jesus and what He would do in certain situations.
Then I asked them a question: If they could meet Jesus face to face today, what would they ask Him?
I loved the questions they came up with.
"I would ask Him how He got here."
"I would ask Him out He made the earth."
"I would ask Him how He made the scriptures."
"I would ask Him what He likes."
"I would ask Him how I can help Him."
I asked myself the question, too. If my Savior came to my home today, sat on my couch and said I could ask Him anything- what would I ask?
What would you ask Him?
Honestly, I would probably want to ask Him all the questions the kids shared today, and then some. Then I would thank Him for all He has done and will do for me.
But, what if I could only ask one question? Out of all the questions in my mind and heart, what one question would I want answered more than anything. After much thought, I finally picked on out.
If my Savior came to me and I could ask Him one question, it would be this: May I hug you?
I know it sounds strange. I mean, here is Deity that knows everything, that is everything, that could tell me anything, and I ask for a hug. Why?
I'll tell you why. I already have a knowledge of the gospel and Plan of Salvation, I already know where I came from and where I am going. I already know about His life. True- there are millions of missing details, but I already know everything I need to get me back to my Heavenly Father without ever seeing my Savior facet to face. (Blessings of being a member of His church.)
But, what I have longed for (rightly or not) when I pray is to feel more: to feel Him more, to be comforted by Him more. I have even been known to plead in prayer for eternal arms to hold me tight and bring me peace.
So, even though I would love to know exactly how the Atonement works and what that was like for Him, I already know that the Atonement is for me, and that it works in my life.
And even though I would want to know how He performed healing miracles, I already know that He has healed my heart and my body more than I can count.
Even though there is so much I want to know, there is one thing I want that can't be learned, taught or told: I want to know what it is like to be held in the arms of the One that loves me purely, has sacrificed all, and wants my happiness more than any other (aside our Heavenly Father.)
So, that's my one question.
I'm curious, what would your one question be?