For the fruit of the Spirit is in all...truth - Eph 5:9
President David O. McKay once said that he was “disappointed” when he first went through the Temple and he explains why. I think this could be helpful to any who are preparing for the temple, or who are still trying to understand what it is all about.
Do you remember when you first went through the House of the Lord? I do. And I went out disappointed. Just a young man, out of college, anticipating great things when I went to the Temple. I was disappointed and grieved, and I have met hundreds of young men and young women since who had that experience. I have now found out why. There are two things in every Temple: mechanics, to set forth certain ideals, and symbolism, what those mechanics symbolize. I saw only the mechanics when I first went through the Temple. I did not see the spiritual. I did not see the symbolism of spirituality… I was blind to the great lesson of purity behind the mechanics. I did not hear the message of the of the Lord… How many of us young men saw that? We thought we were big enough and with intelligence sufficient to criticize the mechanics of it and we were blind to the symbolism, the message of the spirit. And then that great ordinance, the endowment. The whole thing is simple in the mechanical part of it, but sublime and eternal in its significance. (From Gregory Prince and Wm. Robert Wright. David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2005): 277)
I appreciated these words from President McKay. I think we all spend most of our first trips to the temple focusing on the mechanics if we were not adequately instructed on learning through symbolic teaching. While the initiatory has many parallels to baptism and confirmation, there’s nothing comparable to the endowment anywhere else in Latter-day Saint worship.
I think the closest you can get are the accounts recorded in scripture where a prophet is taken up into the presence of the Lord, guided by angels and shown the creation of the world and given sacred knowledge. At one level, I believe the endowment is a symbolic “ascension vision”, similar to the experiences of Abraham, Moses, Enoch, Nephi, and the Brother of Jared to name a few.
Here’s another great quote from President McKay:
“Brothers and sisters, I was disappointed in the temple. And so were you. […] There are few, even temple workers, who comprehend the full meaning and power of the temple endowment. Seen for what it is, it is the step-by-step ascent into the Eternal Presence. [...] If our young people could but glimpse it, it would be the most powerful spiritual motivation of their lives!” (Andrew Ehat, ” ‘Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord?’ Sesquicentennial Reflections of a Sacred Day: 4 May 1842,” Temples of the Ancient World, edited by Donald W. Parry (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1994), 58-59.)
President Spencer W. Kimball had this to say about the ordinances of the Temple:
“If you understood the ordinances of the House of the Lord, you would crawl on your hands and feet for thousands of miles in order to receive them!” (Temples of the Ancient World: Ritual and Symbolism, p. 58-59)
“Do our spouses, children, and other family members likewise feel the power of our prayers offered unto the Father for their specific needs & desires? Do those we serve hear us pray for them with faith and sincerity? If those we love & serve have not heard and felt the influence of our earnest prayers in their behalf, then the time to repent is now.” (David A. Bednar, Increase in Learning, p.126, Emphasis Added)
This can begin in the home. Before family prayer in the evening, invite each person to share a little bit about their day, what went well, what made them struggle, etc. Then, whoever offers the prayer will have real and important matters with which to take the to the Lord.
Hearing your father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter pray sincerely and specifically for you and your well-being is a rich experience.
Imagine what an impact this could have as we apply these principles as we pray in our church meetings or during a home or visiting teaching session. When asked for volunteers to pray before and after a lesson this Sabbath day, why not raise your hand and experiment with these principles?
When we move away from robotically ”saying prayers” and towards genuinely offering prayers, we will find tremendous blessings and healing of souls.
There are but a very few beings in the world who understand rightly the character of God. The great majority of mankind do not comprehend anything, either that which is past, or that which is to come, as it respects their relationship to God. They do not know, neither do they understand the nature of that relationship; and consequently they know but little above the brute beast, or more than to eat, drink and sleep. This is all man knows about God or His existence, unless it is given by the inspiration of the Almighty… Having a knowledge of God, we begin to know how to approach Him, and how to ask so as to receive an answer. When we understand the character of God, and know how to come to Him, he begins to unfold the heavens to us, and to tell us all about it. When we are ready to come to him, he is ready to come to us. (Joseph Smith’s King Follet Sermon)
A great resource to begin understanding the character of God are the Lectures on Faith, particularly the third lecture which specifically examines six points that define the character of God. Below is an excerpt from this lecture which details these six points:
It’s one thing to read about these things, it is another to know them by experience. In what ways has God provided us with the paths that lead us to this knowledge concerning his character?
17 And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God–and the Son of God was the Messiah who should come–I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.
18 For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.
19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.
20 Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment.
21 Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever.
22 And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny them not.
1 For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot.
2 And the Spirit said unto me: Behold, what desirest thou?
This week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a new gospel topic titled Becoming Like God. Personally, I thought they did a great job with this piece, hit all the right scripture verses, and explained the doctrine very well. Then, down in footnote 22, I found this fantastic observation:
In “The Place of Theosis in Orthodox Theology,” Andrew Louth describes Eastern Orthodoxy as focused on a “greater arch, leading from creation to deification” and feels that Catholic and Protestant theologies have focused on a partial “lesser arch, from Fall to redemption” to the exclusion of that whole (in Christensen and Wittung, Partakers of the Divine Nature, 35).
This observation fits so well with my recent studies concerning salvation vs. exaltation and how these to doctrines are viewed in LDS theology and ‘traditional’ Christianity.
The “sinner’s prayer” is promoted heavily in modern Christianity. The point is to bring people to Jesus and they do it the best way they know how. “Have you been saved?” What a powerful question to ask, and what feelings of gratitude or fear it raises in the hearts of men.
The narrow scope of this approach seeks to take you from where you are now, a fallen, sinful soul, to the arms of grace that are waiting to receive you. Now there are obvious doctrinal differences to the actual process of being born of God, but both modern Christian and Latter-day Saint theology seek the same ends: a remission of sins, grace to satisfy the demands of justice (Alma 34:16).
The core of Latter-day Saint theology is established upon this “lesser arch,” but in addition, recognizes the “greater arch” that spans the beginning of creation all the way to deification or “exaltation.” But before we pick at the mote in the eye of those who would reject the greater arch, let’s take a long look in the mirror first.
Are some of us so caught up in the pursuit of the greater arch in our own lives and in the lives of those around us that we neglect the lesser arch?
Have you been born of God, good Latter-day Saint?
Do you mock the “sinner’s prayer” only to assume similarly that simply participating in ordinances has purchased your ticket to salvation? Can you say with Enos and Alma the Younger that you have been born of God? Do you even know what that means?
Over two millennia ago, the prophet Alma went out to preach to the members of the church and asked,
“And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?…And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?” (Alma 5:14,26)
There is no exaltation without salvation. An ordinance in and of itself guarantees you nothing, you must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ (2 Nephi 31:20), you must come unto Christ and be perfected in him (Moroni 10:32) because there is no other way (Alma 38:9). Have you had your wrestle with God to obtain your remission of sins (Enos 1:2-5)?
Baptism and confirmation are only the gate (2 Nephi 31:17). Baptism only symbolizes the rebirth and recreation you are covenanting to receive. Confirmation is not the gift of the Holy Ghost, it is an invitation to receive it. Elder David A. Bednar explained:
The simplicity of this ordinance may cause us to overlook its significance. These four words—“Receive the Holy Ghost”—are not a passive pronouncement; rather, they constitute a priesthood injunction—an authoritative admonition to act and not simply to be acted upon (see 2 Nephi 2:26). The Holy Ghost does not become operative in our lives merely because hands are placed upon our heads and those four important words are spoken. As we receive this ordinance, each of us accepts a sacred and ongoing responsibility to desire, to seek, to work, and to so live that we indeed “receive the Holy Ghost” and its attendant spiritual gifts. “For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift” (D&C 88:33).
What should we do to make this authorized admonition to seek for the companionship of the third member of the Godhead an ongoing reality? Let me suggest that we need to (1) sincerely desire to receive the Holy Ghost, (2) appropriately invite the Holy Ghost into our lives, and (3) faithfully obey God’s commandments. (Receive the Holy Ghost, October 2010)
So, Latter-day Saints, have you been spiritually born of God? Do you know what those words mean and can you confidently answer in the affirmative or is there doubt in your mind? If you have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can you feel so now at this time?
Consider the ways of the Saints that Moroni describes:
And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith. And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.
Can we build the arch of exaltation upon an unfinished arch of salvation? Once the lesser arch is firmly fixed in our lives, once Christ and his redemption is at the keystone of that arch, then we may build upon it the arch of exaltation, with patience, pure charity, and an eye single to the glory of God; anything less is a foundation of sand.
To learn more about the greater arch, I highly recommend the Church’s recent article Becoming Like God and the Holy Scriptures. If there is any doubt in your mind, you may want to search Alma chapter 5.
I was up in Utah for a wedding and while driving around American Fork I stopped my car when I saw this LDS meetinghouse. I was immediately reminded of a chapel here in Nevada that I really like.
Just like the Nevada meetinghouse, the American Fort meetinghouse emphasizes the number 8 with a giant round window divided into 8 segments.
But wait, it gets better! There are also 8 segments in the surrounding arch. There are two column windows with 4 and 4 segments totaling 8 and then each door has 8 squares. Coincidence? What do you think? If you count all the main segments in the big window, you find the number 24 which is something waaaay deeper that I won’t get into here.
I found it interesting to discover it in this context on a chapel, because usually I only see that numerical theme in temples. There’s also a large triangle as well, which is also a “square” with its 90 degree angle going on there.
There is significance in the square as well. The ordinances performed in our meetinghouses are primarily Aaronic in nature, such as baptism and the sacrament. These ordinances take place in the modern day “outer court”. In the days of the old temple, there was an inner court where sacred ordinances occurred (today’s equivalent is the temple) and then an outer court where there was an altar of sacrifice and a “brazen sea” for washing.
Today’s equivalent could be the sacrament table and the baptismal font. Meetinghouse ordinances and activities are presided over by the Aaronic priesthood, the Bishop being the president of the priest quorum. We see arms raised to the square when performing baptisms possibly as a sign of Aaronic priesthood authority. We use the same sign to sustain people in their callings, etc.
The square emphasizes the number 4, which is typically associated with earth and mortality.
If you look at the steeple you will also see that it features an octagonal shape between the square base (4) and circle (1) up top, potentially communicating the idea of Christ as mediator between heaven and earth, just like we see on the Nevada meetinghouse and many temples.
At first it is easy to pass it off as coincidental, but I see the number 8 consistently emphasized in LDS chapels to the degree that to suggest coincidence seems almost ridiculous. So what is it then? Some group of symbolic geniuses working in the church’s chapel design department? Pure, unintentional inspiration?
I’d really like to speak to one of those architects, so if any of you are reading – contact me!
You can view the chapel on Google Maps in street view here.
I was preparing an Elders Quorum lesson and felt particularly drawn to Alma 5. I fell in love with this chapter during my full-time mission days and when I really, really read it, I was highlighting so much that I actually outlined the entire contents of each page! I remember thinking: “This is just all so fantastic, I love it all!”
Fast forward 14 years later and I remembered that I had read somewhere the exact number of questions that Alma asked in this chapter. So I did a quick search and pulled up this amazing document by John W. Welch, who teaches at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. I remember enjoying his fantastic presentation at the Mormonism and the Temple Conference so I was immediately interested.
John has observed that not only are there 50 questions in Alma’s sermon, but that they can be divided into 8 groups. Now, being the numbers geek that I am, 8 and 50 just jumped out at me. Before I get into the nitty gritty, I’d like to preface the breakdown with a quote from Avraham Gileadi, who suggests:
“Nothing the ancient prophets wrote or spoke lacked a particular form or structure… Throughout the ancient Near East, once a literary practice became established, it was carefully maintained. With the passing of time, tradition would modify it but never discard it.” ~ Avraham Gileadi (literary analyst), The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation With Interperetive Keys from the Book of Mormon, p.15
So when we find certain patterns and themes, and especially numerical structure, I believe that we should take note. So let’s take a look at the number 8 first and I’m excited because I get to use a quote from my newest book:
“Hence it is the number specially associated with Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order… Hence, too, circumcision was to be performed on the eighth day, because it was the foreshadowing of the true circumcision of the heart, that which was to be “made without hands,” even “The putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ” (Col. 2:11). This is connected with the new creation.” ~ Ethelbert W. Bullinger, Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, p.200
There are many other themes that can be conveyed by the number 8 and “rebirth” fits in there quite nicely as well. I’ve documented the use of the number eight as a rebirth motif in LDS chapel architecture before here and here. So Welch’s observation of 8 groups is incredibly significant as we will soon see. Now let’s turn to the number 50 which gets really fun:
“is the number of jubilee or deliverance. It is the issue of 7×7 (72) and points to deliverance and rest…” ~ Ethelbert W. Bullinger, Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, p.268
Deliverance is such a powerful theme in the Old Testament as well as the Book of Mormon. Bullinger used the word “jubilee” and that is important as well. We can turn to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary to give us some more clues on the word “jubilee”:
1. Among the Jews, every fiftieth year, being the year following the revolution of seven weeks of years, at which time all the slaves were liberated, and all lands which had been alienated during the whole period, reverted to their former owners. This was a time of great rejoicing. Hence, 2. A season of great public joy and festivity.
Think of the significance of slaves being liberated or delivered from bondage and how that compares to being delivered from the chains of sin. So here we have 50 and 8, which are themes of deliverance and rebirth respectively. What I stumbled upon next really excited me, I realized that these themes bookend the entire Alma 5 sermon. In verses 4, 5 and 6, right at the beginning of the sermon we have deliverance addressed:
Then at the very last verse of Alma 5, we see rebirth indicated by the subject of baptism:
I speak by way of command unto you that belong to the church; and unto those who do not belong to the church I speak by way of invitation, saying: Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life. (vs. 62)
I do not believe that this is a simple coincidence. The two themes wonderfully compliment the eight groups that John Welch identifies:
Alma went to preach to members of the church, and anyone else who would listen, throughout the land (vs. 1-2). There seems to be a very deliberate form and structure to this sermon that paints a beautiful message that I don’t think I could ever do justice to. However, I’ll share some of my own insights and observations.
We see the phrase “Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance…” 3 times in verse 6 alone. Alma draws the minds of the people back to the past and the fathers who were delivered, who the Lord was patient with, and who he delivered from hell. Remembering those that have gone before is the central theme to the first information presented.
Alma is still in the past but this time he’s asking about the conditions that merited the deliverance and salvation of their ancestors.
Now he brings things to the present. He asks, “Have you spiritually been born of God?” (vs. 14) and challenges his listeners to whether or not the atonement is actually in effect in their lives. Remember, he’s speaking to members of the church and asking them if they have been born of God or not.
Next, Alma focuses on the inevitable future and judgement that awaits all mankind. Alma speaks toward the assumption of guilt and the picture he paints would strike a holy terror into the guilty but would not shake the one who is at peace with God. It provides a striking litmus test to help you know where you stand. The degree to which you are fearful may reflect the degree to which you need to repent. Then Alma snaps us back to the past again to compare us with the holy ones who have gone before, “Do you think you can sit down in the kingdom of God with all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed, spotless, pure and white? (vs. 24)
Alma returns us to the present where he explores another condition, “If you experienced a change of heart and have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can you feel so now?”(vs. 26) Alma seems to be trying to wake up the “typical churchgoer” who really doesn’t know where they stand with God, whether they’ve just never made the connection or whether they have strayed from a state of holiness and now float in limbo. Perhaps many in the modern church are in that condition. If your best 2 years were 20 years ago in the mission field, have you really not improved since then? What happened? You remember being so close to the Lord, but time has passed, life became more complex and stressful, sin and temptation snuck in and your present state is a far cry from a former glory. How is your walk with God? Yeah, it’s time to reconnect.
I’m going to go out on a limb here, and suggest that the fold of God is not necessarily the church you belong to at the present time. The sheep of the good shepherd may not be those in your congregation, but many might be. If you are looking for the fold of God, look no further than those who sealed their righteousness in their own blood and who’s stories fill the pages of scripture. Don’t compare yourself with Brother Busybody, ultimately look to Moses, Peter, Nephi, Alma, the Brother of Jared and especially Christ. Look to those that you know are sheep of the good shepherd.
Alma tells us how he knows these things and gives some clues as to how you can too.
This is a final call to repentance. Alma asks repeatedly, “Will you persist…” in doing those things that will keep you from God? In the last 3 verses we are commanded by Alma in three respects. Alma commands the church to:
Remembering those that have gone before is essential to our own salvation. They have written their own accounts, showing how they were delivered and reborn. If we take the Book of Mormon, we will discover that the many powerful conversions stories create a beautiful spectrum of ascent.
There are so many kinds of people experiencing conversion and ascent. From wicked pagan kings, to lost sons of righteous men and even holy men of God, we see them all progress from one state to another. By identifying our own struggles with theirs, we can better see the clear path of ascent before us and by using their experiences as patterns, we too can enjoy the same blessings.
Posting here at oneClimbs.com for over 3 and a half years has led me to the conclusion that every Latter-day Saint should keep a blog of some kind. We talk about keeping journals and/or small plates, but I think the time has come to include keeping a blog among the recommendations.
I was first very apprehensive about starting a blog because I have a very poor command of the English language when it comes to writing. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have no idea what a participle is and couldn’t explain the difference between a verb and an adverb; I just do my best to communicate what I feel is important. Very often, kind visitors to the site will correct my many grammar sins and typos and I’m very grateful for that.
I didn’t start a blog to impress people with my grammar. I started the blog because on December 15, 2007 while speaking at a graduation ceremony at BYU Hawaii, Elder Ballard said:
Now, to…all other faithful members of the Church, …may I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet, particularly the New Media, to share the gospel and to explain in simple, clear terms the message of the Restoration. Most of you already know that if you have access to the Internet you can start a blog in minutes and begin sharing what you know to be true. You can download videos from Church and other appropriate sites, including Newsroom at LDS.org, and send them to your friends. You can write to media sites on the Internet that report on the Church, and voice your views as to the accuracy of the reports. This, of course, requires that you, all members of the Church, understand the basic, fundamental principles of the gospel.
We are living in a world saturated with all kinds of voices. Perhaps now, more than ever, we have a major responsibility as Latter-day Saints to define ourselves, instead of letting others define us.
I have found that the blog is useful in many ways. It’s a great place to store all of the research and things I find as I study. Putting it into an article form and making it public forces me to really make sure that I have done my due diligence of finding answers and presenting them in an accurate manner. I’ve always believed that you’ve only learned something when you have the ability to teach it to another.
The blog has become a repository for talks and lessons; I can give a lesson on almost any topic in a very short time period. The only downside to this is that you will be known at the person to call at the last minute (sometimes literally at the “last” minute) to substitute for a lesson or give a talk. I don’t really mind doing last minute lessons, I personally find it kind of exciting!
oneClimbs was not very impressive in the beginning. Your blog does not have to get a ton of traffic or every become very notable in the world; that’s not the point. Do it for you, your posterity and most importantly for the sake of truth and the glory of God. Do it your own way and change it from time to time if you feel so inclined. There are no rules, it is a blank canvas on which to explore.
Go for it, you will discover many great blessings in your journey and on your climb ;)
***UPDATE*** I forgot to include this but the Church published a short how-to on how to create a blog as well.
“All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.” Alma 30:44
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines denote as:
DENOTE, verb transitive [Latin To note or mark.] 1. To mark; to signify by a visible sign; to indicate; to express.
I would like to thank a new friend of mine for an observation he made in a recent email exchange:
“I thought I understood the idea of stand ye in holy places, but now I see it as, ye stand in holy places. What’s holy and sacred in us, goes where we go if our intent is to be holy and sacred.” (Emphasis added)
I would like to present the first oneClimbs recipe! I’m not a professional cook, but I love to cook and love to eat. I try to cook meals that reflect the principles found in the Word of Wisdom, so everything I cook attempts to be a whole food plant-based (vegetables, fruits and grains) meal.
This past Tuesday I needed to make some dinner for myself and the kids and they all started screaming for vegetable soup.
As much as I love to cook, I’ve never actually made a soup before, but since I’m kind of an idiot savant at knowing what things to throw together to make something delicious, I raised my fist and proclaimed “We shall feast on soup tonight!” I pulled a bunch of vegetables out of the fridge and gathered some spices and began to divide everything out into the portions I thought would be necessary. Then I had to experiment with the spices, adding a little here and a little there until I was pretty amazed at how good it tasted.
The kids actually loved it, so much so that I got high fives and they said, “This is the best thing I have ever tasted.” (They say that about so many things)
Well, last night I decided to give it another go, it was so good I wanted to make sure I could replicate it. The first time, I didn’t make enough for left overs so I made a whole pot this time. I took out all the ingredients and measured them perfectly and took notes. I further honed the recipe, added carrots and the final result was better than the previous batch.
So here’s the recipe, I’ve made it open source so anyone can tweak it and make it better. If you know of a way to improve it, leave me a message in the notes and I’ll try your suggestions! Here’s the recipe, my style, of course.
Chop up everything and put whatever tickles your fancy into awesome little bowls if you have them; that’s pro-style.
Everything on the “Stuff for the pot” list goes in the pot…like-a-so.
Stir it around so it looks like this:
Put a pan on the stove and drizzle a little oil in there if you must. Note the time or start a stopwatch on your phone, then, ladies and gentlemen, start your burners! Set ‘em both to about mediumish. Now put all the pan stuff in the pan BUT NOT THE SPINACH YET, keep that on the bench for now!
Sauté those veggies around like a champ and realize that it’s ok if they look a little roasted, you haven’t failed – yet.
About 10 minutes have passed, you are doing so well. The veggies are looking done and the broth is going a little crazy so turn it down the heat a little.
Time to make Popeye proud, dump that spinach in and mix it around for 2 minutes or so until it turns dark green.
Yeah, very nice.
Alright, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Take all the vegetables and, just dump ‘em into the pot.
Just mix it all in and make a little vegetable whirlpool. Everything should have been cooking for around 15 minutes or so by this point.
Let it simmer there for a bit and do its thing; just seems like the right thing to do.
After looking at it and sneaking tastes, you realize it’s probably edible at this point. I think it’s ready to eat by about 20 – 25 minutes in. I haven’t left it there for longer, so nobody really knows what happens. But if you want to be a hero and push the limits, go for it, Marco Polo.
Enjoy the soup, I think it’s pretty good.