Neotame Happiness

I haven’t posted in a while, mainly because summer is is a bit chaotic at our home.  We try to spend as much time as we can together as a family before school starts up again.  But now that we’re back in the swing of daily life I’ll hopefully be posting a bit more frequently.

The bottle in the picture above contains Neotame.  This is the sweetest substance known to man.  It’s about 10,000 times sweeter than sugar.  It’s a bit hard to imagine how sweet that actually is, so let me illustrate.  A 4.5 gram pile of Neotame (that’s about the mass of a nickel), would have the same sweetness as 100 pounds of sugar.  That’s incredible!  The bottle I have is 2% Neotame dissolved in water.  Even though it’s only 2% Neotame, one drop of it is the same sweetness as a teaspoon of sugar.

Our family recently returned from a vacation where we visited my parents and siblings and their families along with some great friends.  We only get to see everyone about once every two years, so this was a very special trip.  It was so nice to see everyone and meet all the babies that have been born since we were last there.  I can’t imagine anything sweeter and more joyous than being reunited with them after so long apart.

It got me thinking about the promises of the gospel.  The idea that we can be together forever with those we love is one of the most beautiful promises imaginable.  The joy that we’ll feel when we are reunited again with loved ones – and never to be separated again – is beyond description.  The joy my family and I felt seeing our loved ones while on vacation is as sweet as sugar, but eternal life with our Father in Heaven and our generations of loved ones will be a bit like Neotame – sweetness beyond imagining.