I recently read over my patriarchal blessing and found myself asking some rhetorical questions. I don’t have issues with the blessing itself. In fact, it’s quite lovely (to me). It reads more like a story than like a blessing and offers a condensed version of Mormonism with me as the central figure. But the strong focus on our earthly experience within the context of eternity often causes me to reflect on some very powerful coincidences.
1) There is no beginning and there is no end to eternity but coincidently my decisions now are of extreme importance in determining whether or not my progression will be limited/halted after this life or continue eternally (i.e., eternal progression can become quite limited after this life and because of this life, even if right now and presumably before now, it has not been limited/halted)
2) My wife and I have been sealed for time and all eternity, though at least some of eternity has already happened during which part we were not sealed (somewhat negating the “all” part of the Mormon-friendly phrase “time and all eternity”). Coincidently, this is an extremely important process — binding for eternity — that again takes place here on this earth and which is a requirement for eternal life / progression later even if never a requirement for said progression till now.
3) There are worlds without number, but Christ was coincidently crucified in our world for all God’s children (presumably even for those who live elsewhere and also just as presumably because our world was the most wicked?)
All these eternal coincidences cause me to ask my rhetorical questions: What has happened in other worlds that is of any significance (especially when compared to the atonement, life, and death of Jesus Christ that happened here)? Why is this speck of eternity coincidently the most important in practically every aspect? Does eternity really revolve around me and my current life this much?