Sunday, October 12, 2008
Body Worlds 3
Bryan and I went to see Body Worlds 3 yesterday. It was absolutely fascinating! I know that to some this exhibit seems inappropriate, disrespectful or just downright gross. And I had all those things in mind as I waited in line for my turn into the exhibit. But you know what? I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I felt fine about the whole thing. Some had commented to me that they felt the displays were arranged for shock value or entertainment rather than for educational purposes. I didn't feel that way. I could see a purpose behind each and every display. I kept finding myself taking a closer look at certain parts of my own body as we looked at and read about each display. There was a room that was devoted to babies. It was my favorite part of the whole exhibit. It was amazing to see, to actually see, what my babies had looked like at different times during my pregnancy. At 6 weeks when I was just discovering I was pregnant. At 8 weeks when I went to the doctor for the first time. At 16 weeks where Melissa is right now in her pregnancy. At 20 weeks when I had my ultrasounds. I got really emotional in that exhibit. And not, as maybe you would guess, because I was so sad at seeing all these dead babies. It was because I was so awed at seeing this miracle of life! The whole exhibit, really, just reaffirmed my testimony in the sacredness of these bodies that Heavenly Father created. They are so intricate, so complex, are made to do so many amazing things. It just stuns me. I wished that we'd had our kids with us so they could see and learn as well. Honestly, there wasn't anything there that I felt would be inappropriate for them. I realize that this is just my take on the whole thing and that others could walk out with a completely different opinion and that's okay. But my recommendation....if you get a chance to see Body Worlds 3 while it is in town, do it. It's pretty amazing.