SOS: Heaven makes the most delicious smells

linden4liz_2426_1500I was running the other morning and turned down a street when suddenly I was bathed in the most wonderful smell. I stopped to take a photo of the tree from whence came this fragrance, because I had smelled/seen the tree previously and wanted to identify it. (This Linden Tree was photographed by Douglas Peterson of a tree in Brighton, Michigan. Photo used by permission. You should check out his close-ups of the insects drinking from the blooms!)

I would LOVE to pluck up one of the trees in my yard (namely a certainly large, pokie one in the front yard–hint, hint) and replace it with this beautiful flowering tree. I’d love to see it grow large and hopefully with branches strong enough to someday support a rope swing.

When I was young, I had a rope swing off of a magnolia tree. Palo Alto (where I grew up) is also home to many beautiful trees, such as magnolias.

I’m in love with smells that heaven created to make life happier, like jasmine, gardenia, lilac, linden, star magnolia and orange trees. Three of those six don’t do to well in Utah (they don’t love the desert and winter), so I just have to drink in smelling them when I’m visiting other locations. But lindens thrive here, apparently.  (I planted star magnolias at our other two homes.) My Korean lilac died, but if I move my other lilac plant to a different location in the yard, it might thrive and grow large enough to cut blossoms for the kitchen table.

There are some scriptures that my mom shared with me as a child that have always stuck with me. One of them is D&C 59:18, found in this passage that recounts some of God’s blessings:

16 Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;

17 Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

18 Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

19 Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. (Doctrine and Covenants 59:16-19)

Beautiful smells in nature certainly do “enliven the soul!”

Happy Smelling God’s Love,

Liz 🙂



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