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Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 27

Darkness and apostasy will cover the earth in the last days—The Book of Mormon will come forth—Three witnesses will testify of the book—The learned man will say he cannot read the sealed book—The Lord will do a marvelous work and a wonder—Compare Isaiah 29. About 559–545 B.C.

I always wonder how Joseph Smith felt as he read about the very book he was translating, and about himself.

Vs. 1 ~ “This land” means the land of the Nephites. Notice that it is the apostasy which makes the world drunken with iniquity. “These prophecies are most often interpreted literally. I do not mean to suggest it should be otherwise, but usually prophecy has both a symbolic, or figurative, meaning and a literal one.” (Wilcox, “Hope: An Anchor to the Soul,” p97-98.)

The image of apostate Church/Christianity is always portrayed as a woman with a cup in her hand. The woman is portrayed as a harlot, and the drink she has in her hand is wine. Wine in the Old Testament was symbolic of doctrine, commandments, laws…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 26

Christ will minister to the Nephites—Nephi foresees the destruction of his people—They will speak from the dust—The Gentiles will build up false churches and secret combinations—The Lord forbids men to practice priestcrafts. About 559–545 B.C.

I loved this chapter.

vs. 3 ~ Nephi says, “After all of the wars and contention, you know He is going to come!” When it comes to the Second Coming, sometimes people think that the Lord wants to sneak up on us and catch us unaware in the midst of all our sins. But that is NOT the case. He never sneaks up on us. His whole message is, “I’m going to give you EVERY chance and reason to prepare. I’ll not tell the exact day, but I’ll give you all kinds of signs so that you’ll know the time is growing closer!”

Remember, back in school. We knew an assignment was due, and put it off and put it off, and then hurriedly complete it the night before it was to be turned in. Well, God knows human nature! He’s not going to tell us the date of His coming because…

Salad Days 297, 298, 299, 300, 301,302, and 303

What a week!  Monday, January 23,  I had chicken tenders with salad greens and honey mustard dressing.  I know it wasn't the healthiest choice.... but it was a choice and a salad.
Tuesday, January 24, I had a taco salad.... of sorts.
Wednesday, January 25, I had more chicken nuggets and salad greens.  With Cinderella opening in a week I just can't find the time to make a real salad.
Thursday, January 26, I got a salad from the super market.  This one was a chef salad.  Not bad, really.
Friday, January 27, was one long day.  I spent 18 hours at the HS working on Cinderella.  This salad for chicken nuggets and salad greens was the only food I ate besides Reese Pieces.  I know.  Bad choice.  But what can you do.
Saturday, January 28, my friend Jo brought me a salad to my tech rehearsal.  My friend Jeff brought me more salad for dinner.  It was a much better eating day.  Good thing too.  I spent another 15 hours at the HS.  But the show is nearly ready and looks beautiful.  I'll bl…

Book of Mormon Study - conference Talk

Today I read Pres. Uchtdorf's talk, "Proving in the Lord's Way".

I try very hard to be independent, for the good or for the bad.  I'm not real good at asking for help.  This week many hands helped me with my projects.  I am blessed with good friends and a great family that all know how to help me best.

Today I made spaghetti from the tomatoes I canned from my garden... and I made garlic bread from scratch... even the bread part.  Self-reliance is something I continue to practice.

I love Pres. Uchtdorf's reminders that "welfare principles should be at the root of our faith and devotion..."

That "...the temporal and the spiritual are inseparable."

As I read, I realized that the best way to describe self-reliance is work.  We are to continually work and serve.  As we do, God will send the help and the means to accomplish every good thing we are working to achieve.

What did you read from Conference today?
Yesterday was a completely unsuccessful day. It all started on Friday with an 18 hour day at the High School… starting at 8 in the morning and ending at 1:30 in the morning. And then Saturday, I was back at it before 8 in the morning and didn’t get home until nearly 11 that evening. Cinderella opens on Wednesday and I was not ready (closer due to the friends and family that stepped up and helped at my all nighter! ).

Friday, I was able to read a few verses in 2 Nephi 25, but it is so long! Especially for the lack of time I had for the day. I decided to finish and blog about it on Saturday. (Not many people are following with me, so I was pretty sure no one would notice. Excuses, Excuses.) But Saturday rolled around and I was too tired and too busy and didn’t do it. No wonder it was a bad day.

I’ve been preaching to my seminary kids that if they put God first they will be given what they need to get through what the have for the day. When the going got tough, I failed the test. Time …

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 24

Well, I love these verses in chapter 24! Here we have Isaiah talking to the king of Babylon (and of course, spiritually speaking he is talking to Lucifer), and Isaiah is doing the exact same thing! He's rubbing his nose in it!

Vs. 4 ~ In the end we'll get to sing a song to Lucifer... and not just any song, but a proverb, which is a satirical song. In a sing-song sort of way we get to go "Na-na-na-na-na-na! We beat you!" to the adversary. Lol. Well it sounds good anyway.

Vs. 5-8 ~ He stops talking to the king and is representing the victorious army now. The whole earth is at rest! Also, we can read v8 as an environmental statement or one along the lines of "Since the king of Babylon has fallen there are no more wars! No one is cutting down the trees of the forest anymore!"

Vs. 9 The king of Babylon (and Lucifer) is going to hell and everyone in hell is going to meet and greet him there. This will be the ultimate coronation as all the "great kings"…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 23

In 2 Nephi 23 we see Isaiah begin to speak of the fall of Babylon. Studying this chapter of how basically Babylon is going to fall, be sure to compare ancient Babylon's fall to the world in which we now live, in these latter days... In other words, be aware that the term "Babylon" has both a literal and a spiritual meaning.

Vs. 1-5 ~ The Lord is summoning His forces from the ends of the earth in preparation for a "holy war."

Vs. 6-7 ~ In v7, "every man's heart shall melt" means that everyone will be afraid, for when Christ comes He will destroy the wicked. Remember that these verses can be takes literally as well as figuratively.

Vs. 8 ~ "Isaiah compares the trembling fear and shaking terror of the men to the anguish of a woman in labor. 'But whereas a woman in labour cries, men will only stare at each other aghast in horror and begin to sweat from fear.' [Kaiser, "Isaiah 13- 39," p16] (Ludlow, p184)

Vs. 9 ~ The reason the L…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 22

In the millennial day all men will praise the Lord—He will dwell among them—Compare Isaiah 12. About 559–545 B.C.

Short but sweet chapter. It contains two songs of praise and thanksgiving for the millennial time.

Even though He scattered us, we will praise the Lord for His goodness and merciful forgiveness! Vs. 4 talks of praising the Lord and doing missionary work for Him. The excellent things include the whole restoration of His Church! We want EVERYONE to know about it, and vs. 6 says we will run out throughout all the world, spreading the message ... telling the world of how God lives and dwells among His people!

Verse 3 touched me: ...with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. In Michael Wilcox's book "Daughters of God" (p41), he compared this verse to the story of Rebekah in the Old Testament. Here's what he has to say about this verse... "Isaiah said, 'Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation' (Isaiah 1…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 21

Chapter 21 is a continuation of chapter 20.

Vs. 1 Jesse, of course, is King David's father, and one interpretation of the Branch is our Savior. As a Light will come out of the darkness, so shall a Branch come out of a stump.

Vs. 2-3 ~ Remember, "fear" in v2 means reverence for God.

Also in vs. 2 This Spirit shall make Jesus of quick understanding. When He looks on us, He won't judge by appearances or chasten us based on hearsay. And He will make His judgments QUICKLY! If you think about the government of the United States... it takes them FOREVER to decide something. It won't be so with the King of Kings, the Mighty Judge of all the earth! If all I thought about when making decision was, "Is it right or is it wrong?" how fast could I make most decisions? Quite quickly. So it is for Jesus Christ ... He will make His decisions quickly and with lively understanding.

Vs. 4 This King will insist up equity, honesty, and truth. He will be concerned about the …

Salad Says 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, and 296

Monday, January 16, I enjoyed salad greens, tomatoes, left over turkey and Thai peanut dressing for lunch.
Tuesday, January 17, I enjoyed a warm spinach salad with tomatoes, feta, and a little pepperoni.
Wednesday, January 18, I enjoyed salad greens, more left over turkey and Thai peanut dressing.
Thursday, January 19, I had more of the same...
... I also enjoyed a salad green, spicy chicken, tomato, mustard dressing for dinner.
Friday, January 20, I enjoyed a Chef salad and milk free ranch dressing for lunch.
Saturday, January 21, I was super busy at the HS with my Cinderella set.  My honey was nice enough to bring my a South Western Chicken salad for lunch.
Sunday, January 22, I enjoyed a salad with my Pumpkin soup.  So that is it.  I am 5 salads short of reaching 300 salad days in a row.  I'm kind of surprised.  In addition, I had 3 days at Curves last week.  I'm hoping for 5 days this week.  Wish me luck.

Book of Mormon Study - Conference Talk

Today I read Bishop Keith B McMullin's talk, The Power of the Aaronic Priesthood.  There were a few things in this talk aimed at the young men of the church that I felt I could apply to me:

"... seek for and enjoy the revelations of god, the light of heaven shining..."

"Pray for this mighty change in your life.  Study the scriptures.  Desire more than all else to know God and to become like His holy son."

"Shun profane and foolish chatter.  Flee all evil.  Avoid contention.  Repent where needed."

"The qualities of courage, trustworthiness, humility, faith, and goodness will be yours."

What did you read?

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 20

I think it’s important to keep in mind that 2 Nephi 20 has an interesting chapter heading. It reads, "Destruction of Assyria is a type of destruction of wicked at the Second Coming - Few people shall be left after the Lord comes again - Jacob shall return in that day". This chapter is comparable to Isaiah 10

2 Nephi 20 focus on the next major threat to Judah: Assyria. Assyria is like a flood, rising up to the neck of Judah as well as Israel. (Interesting to me since I was battling floods rising this week). We might ask ourselves why is a cruel, wicked and proud nation like Assyria allowed to rise like that? Chapter 20 gives us our answer. It is a message to Assyria, but the first few verses are spoken to Israel.

Vs. 1 In our day we might say, "Wo to those who are writing unjust laws and sending unrighteous men to Washington..." I guess we should choose our political representative more carefully. Can we really complain about policy if we weren’t involved in the pro…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 19

Isaiah speaks messianically—The people in darkness will see a great light—Unto us a child is born—He will be the Prince of Peace and will reign on David’s throne—Compare Isaiah 9. About 559–545 B.C.

This dimness and darkness concept goes right into chapter 19.

Vs. 1 Funny how being invaded, conquered, and brought into captivity. Brings dimness, darkness, and anguish.

Vs. 2 Naturally after invasion and captivity it would seem one is surrounded in darkness. In Christ, the people that walk in darkness will have a great light come to them. "You may cast your shadow of darkness and death over us, but in that very shadow, a great light will shine, for our King will come! The Messiah will come out of Galilee and will bring us great joy!"

Vs. 3 The joy they feel is the kind of joy you feel after the harvest is all over. Anciently when the haying was done at the end of autumn, it was party time! We call this Thanksgiving.  It was sooooo good to be done with that hard, heavy work of …

A River Runs Through It

Today I was feeling for Mrs. Noah.  The rains came down and the floods came up.  I was trapped in our house (well not trapped but it felt like it) with 5 kids, 3 dogs and the cats running in from the down pour.
I had this funny feeling that I might need to check on the condition of our house.  A few years back the city dug up the street to put in fiber optic Internet and removed the drain to our drainage system that John had put in from our drain field around the house.  I guess they didn't like how John had done it.
This is what I found.  Water pouring in from the neighbor's yard into my yard.  What's more?  It was pouring into our crawl space through the foundation vents.  More small problems... our sump pump had died a couple years back and we just never got around to replacing it.
By some miracle, John had stopped over to Home Depot yesterday and had purchased one.  but it was in his car in Albany at work.  What to do....  I decided to call him.  "I think you need b…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 18

In 2 Nephi 18 we meet Isaiah’s second boy.... little Maher-shalal-hash-baz, which means significantly enough, “destruction is imminent.” (It is significant that Isaiah’s own name means “Jehovah saves.” Thus, when we put his name with the name of his sons, we learn,

“Destruction is imminent, but don’t despair because Jehovah saves and the remnant shall return!” These people were walking billboards!)

Vs. 5-6 This verse is saying that because the people have broken God’s commandments (which are not hard or grievous) and have refused and rejected the gentle flowing waters of Jerusalem (the gospel, God’s teachings, His house, and His love... all of which flows softly)...

Vs. 7 “... because you’ve rejected that Living Water, you’re going to get another river to swim in instead!” Think of the mighty Euphrates River compared to the waters of Shiloah. What does a river often do? A river often floods its banks (borders). Isaiah is using this imagery to show what nations do as they go about cros…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 17

Ephraim and Syria wage war against Judah—Christ will be born of a virgin—Compare Isaiah 7. About 559–545 B.C.

While studying these Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi it is important to get a bird’s-eye view of the forest of Isaiah. Reading Isaiah often has us feeling lost in a forest of trees, but if we can get ABOVE the trees we are given a better picture of what’s really down there.

One thing to remember is that chapters 2-15 is a unit which goes together. Then we are given chapter 16, which is an interlude, followed by chapters 17-24 (which is another unit). So let’s back up... get out of the trees so to speak, and look at these chapters as a whole. After doing so, then we can go back into the trees again.

Now Isaiah will use the political situation of his time to teach spiritual truths. The political situation of his time was such that there were three big threats to Judah: 1) the threat from a Syria - Israel (northern kingdom) alliance. 2) from the Assyrians. 3) from the Babylonians. All…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 16

Isaiah sees the Lord—Isaiah’s sins are forgiven—He is called to prophesy—He prophesies of the rejection by the Jews of Christ’s teachings—A remnant will return—Compare Isaiah 6. About 559–545 B.C.

Chapter 16 is Isaiah’s own personal call from the Lord and is an indication of the spirit of those young lions (missionaries) sent to proclaim the gospel, and how to prepare them for their missions..

Vs. 1 The word “seraph” in Hebrew was singular, while “seraphim” was plural. Seraph means “bright, burning one.” His “train” are His followers. (Reminds me of “This train is bond for glory, this train….”

Vs. 2 This creature covers his face because he is humble; covers his feet because he is on holy ground; and flies to display his great power given to him by his creator.

Vs. 3 This verse, obviously, is a verse of praise to the Lord.

In the Hebrew language they do not have superlatives. (For instance, they don’t have “good, better, best.” rather they good, good, or good, good, good, etc. So if t…

Book of Mormon Study - Conference Talk

Today I read Elder Jeffery R. Holland's talk, We are All Enlisted.  Elder Holland focused his thoughts on encouraging young men to prepare to be missionaries.  It was a bitter-sweet read.  Then the comforting thought came into my mind... I am being a missionary just by teaching seminary every morning.  I am being a missionary by helping at the HS on a regular basis.  I am being a missionary by happily greeting people at church who haven't come in years and helping them to feel welcome.  Sure wish I could figure out how to be a missionary to my son.

The Boyfriend

I think it is safe to say McKay has a boyfriend.  This is Myles.  He came yesterday from New Mexico to see McKay.  They met at EFY.  He was a counselor.  Not her counselor.  Chad's counselor.  He is here until Wednesday.  While he is here, he is checking out if OSU would transfer his college credits.  He is a Junior studying marriage and family counseling.  Mostly, he wants to work for CES.  I hate to tell him, but it's hard to get into CES.  He had better stick with plan B... counseling families.  Just a reminder McKay, if you move to New Mexico the car stays here.  We can't help you with school.  And I most likely will not be visiting you in New Mexico.  I don't travel.  Just saying.  Myles seems nice enough.  but if he wants to really date McKay and knows what's good for him, he'd better move to Oregon.  Enough said.