"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
May 11, 2006

I Know

“I have a testimony of the gospel which I wish to bear. Again, as Brigham Young says, because I say it’s true doesn’t make it true, does it? But I know it is, and I would recommend you to pursue a way of finding out. And there are ways in which you can come to a knowledge of the truth.

“When is a thing proven? When you personally think it’s so, and that’s all you can do. . . . Then you have your testimony, and all you can do is bear your testimony and point to the evidence. That’s all you can do. But you can’t impose your testimony on another. And you can’t make the other person see the evidence as you do. Things that just thrill me through and through in the Book of Mormon leave another person completely cold. And the other way around, too. So we can’t use evidence, and we can’t say, I know this is true, therefore you’d better know it is true. But I know it is true, and I pray our Heavenly Father that we may all come to a knowledge of the truth, each in his own way. — Hugh Nibley, “Brigham Young as a Theologian,” 4

Nothing Up My Sleeve

“The mysteries are not magic or occultism, but any knowledge that men cannot obtain by their own efforts, knowledge to be had only by revelation. The whole Book of Mormon is such a mystery. There you will find clear, concrete definitions of such daunting words as faith, heaven, hell, creation, atonement, resurrection, redemption, preexistence, hereafter. — Hugh Nibley, “The Book of Mormon: Forty Years After,” CWHN 8:547

April 16, 2006

Enough!

“The Book of Mormon is full of such scriptural patterns that are prophetic for the last days, all of which tie into the prophecies of Isaiah.  Knowing how to recognize these patterns, and the ‘manner’ in which Isaiah prophesies, become invaluable tools for learning about that time.  God expects more of us than to gloss over the substance of his word.  Rather than read the Book of Mormon superficially, we do well to ’search’ its layered meaning.”

” Because we are not familiar with literary methods doesn’t mean they are not valid.  Or because we haven’t heard something repeated a hundred times doesn’t mean it is not true.  Haven’t we learned life’s most valuable lessons when we have kept an open mind?  That was essential to our gaining a testimony of the gospel in the first place.  But those who set up stakes for themselves say. ‘I know enough; I don’t need to know more!’”  — Avraham Gileadi, The Last Days, Introduction, p 4

March 7, 2006

Abraham Becoming like God

“Who was Abraham trying to become like? God. The ultimate end of the covenant is to become perfect, like God. The Hebrew word for that is THUMMIM. That means ‘perfection’ in the whole and complete sense and not the LDS cultural sense, where you bake all your bread, paint your house, have all your kids clean and dressed and studying the scriptures every morning at 5:30. It is the perfection of God in uprightness and dependability, and integrity. The name of the Urim and Thummim is ‘lights’ and ‘perfections.’”

“What color are they? White. White stones shining in a dark place teaching uprightness and perfection. They are a type of Christ, to reveal the name of God. They teach you to become like him. So how did the Book of Mormon get to us? Through the Urim and Thummim, a light in darkness. Recall also that the Book of Mormon came through the veil. Where did Joseph sit, and where was Oliver? Joseph was on one side of the veil, and Oliver on the other. It came by Urim and Thummim, through the veil! It ended up on this side of the veil, with Oliver writing it. It is typological, isn’t it? Right now, the Lord is hidden, and cannot be seen. But at the Second Coming, the veil is lifted and all will see. So the Urim and Thummim are on one side, because they represent Him, and the word coming through the veil to Oliver, and we get the Book of Mormon. All this is done through the wisdom of God who does all things from the beginning to typify Christ. It may seem a strange thing to have a translation that way, but the whole thing is strange, from beginning to end. That is scriptural.”– Robert J. Norman