Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Testimony of Jesus

  • The Testimony of Jesus
    •  Words of Joseph Smith, p. 209 - 
      •     “First Chapter second Epistle of Peter. The first four verses are the preface to the    whole subject. There are three grand Keys to unlock the whole subject. First what is the knowledge of God, Second what is it to make our calling and election sure. Third and last is how to make our calling and election sure. Ans, it is to obtain a promise from God for myself that I shall have Eternal life. that is the more sure word of prophecy. Peter was writing to those of like precious faith with them the Apostles First to be sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise that is the Testimony of Jesus.”
  • D&C 76
    • Those who will inherit Celestial Glory
      • 51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—
      •  52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;
      •  53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.
      •  54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.
    • Those who will inherit Terrestrial Glory
      • 74 Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.
      • 75 These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.
      •  76 These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.
    • Those who will inherit Telestial Glory
      • 82 These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus.
      • 99 For these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.
      • 100 These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;
  • Lectures on Faith - Lecture # 6
    • Necessity for sacrifice
      • It is in vain for persons to fancy to themselves that they are heirs with those, or can be heirs with them, who have offered their all in sacrifice, and by this means obtained faith in God and favor with him so as to obtain eternal life, unless they in like manner offer unto him the same sacrifice, and through that offering obtain the knowledge that they are accepted of him.
      • ...And from the days of righteous Abel to the present time, the knowledge that men have that they are accepted in the sight of God, is obtained by offering sacrifice.
      • And in the last days, before the Lord comes, he is to gather together his saints who have made a covenant with him by sacrifice. Ps. 50:3-5, "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant unto me by sacrifice."
      • Those then who make the sacrifice will have the testimony that their course is pleasing in the sight of God, and those who have this testimony will have faith to lay hold on eternal life, and will be enabled through faith to endure unto the end, and receive the crown that is laid up for them that love the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
      • But those who do not make the sacrifice cannot enjoy this faith, because men are dependent upon this sacrifice in order to obtain this faith; therefore, they cannot lay hold upon eternal life, because the revelations of God do not guarantee unto them the authority so to do; and without this guarantee faith could not exist.
      • All the saints of whom we have account in all the revelations of God which are extant, obtained the knowledge which they had of their acceptance in his sight, through the sacrifice which they offered unto him.
      • And through the knowledge thus obtained, their faith became sufficiently strong to lay hold upon the promise of eternal life, and to endure as seeing him who is invisible; and were enabled, through faith, to combat the powers of darkness, contend against the wiles of the adversary, overcome the world, and obtain the end of their faith, even the salvation of their souls. 
      • But those who have not made this sacrifice to God, do not know that the course which they pursue is well pleasing in his sight; for whatever may be their belief or their opinion, it is a matter of doubt and uncertainty in their minds; and where doubt and uncertainty are, there faith is not, nor can it be.
      • For doubt and faith do not exist in the same person at the same time.
  • The Doctrine of Christ
    • 2 Nephi 32:5-6
      • 5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.
      • 6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.
  • The More sure word of Prophecy
    • “I would exhort you to go on and continue to call upon God until you make your calling and election sure for yourselves, by obtaining this more sure word of prophecy, and wait patiently for the promise until you obtain it.” (Joseph Smith, Teachings, p. 299.)
    • D&C 93:1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;
    • D&C 88:68 Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.
    • Joseph Smith, June 27, 1839:
      • The other Comforter spoken of is a subject of great interest & perhaps understood by few of this generation, After a person hath faith in Christ, repents of his sins & is Baptized for the remission of his sins & received the Holy Ghost (by the laying on of hands) which is the first Comforter then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering & thirsting after Righteousness. & living by every word of God & the Lord will soon say unto him Son thou shalt be exalted.  &c When the Lord has thoroughly proved him & finds that the man is determined to serve him at all hazard. then the man will find his calling & Election made sure then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter which the Lord hath promised the saints as is recorded in the testimony of St John in the XIV ch from the 12th to the 27 verses Note the 16. 17. 18. 21. 23. verses. (16.vs) & I will pray the father & he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; (17) Even the Spirit of Truth;  whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you & shall be in you.  (18) I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you (21) He that hath my commandments & keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. & he that loveth me shall be loved of my father. & I will love him & will manifest myself to him (23) If a man Love me he will keep my words. & my Father will love him. & we will come unto him, & make our abode with him. Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more or less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself & this is the sum & substance of the whole matter, that when any man obtains this last Comforter he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him or appear unto him from time to time. & even he will manifest the Father unto him & they will take up their abode with him, & the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him & the Lord will teach him face to face & he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, & this is the state & place the Ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious vision Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St Paul in the third heavens, & all the Saints who held communion with the general Assembly & Church of the First Born &c.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

14-Year Cycles - Part 9 - Conclusion

I've posted seven examples of this seven-year dyad pattern.  There are probably many others - I think there's one in Alma the Younger's life from 87 BC to 73 BC - I still need to look into it.  Paul mentions fourteen years in Galatians 2:1 and the sons of Mosiah spent fourteen years among the Lamanites on their mission.  There are some interesting ways that the Temple endowment ceremony lines up with this idea as well.  I might share a diagram but I'll need to decide if it's appropriate.  There is also a curious mention of fourteen in Matthew 1:17:
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
Looking at the overall themes of these seven examples there are some things that stand out.

  1. There are seven years of mostly overall peace and/or preparation. 
  2. At the end of the first seven years or beginning of the second seven years there is a major crisis or rise of an antagonist.
  3. The following seven years are difficult.
  4. Coming to know light and dark, good and evil.
The number seven represents completeness or wholeness.  I like the idea of two halves or two sides completing a cycle together.  Fourteen can represent fully knowing good and fully knowing evil.  

I've thought long and hard about this and come up with a few different theories.  I stress that these are theories so please take it all with a grain of salt.

  1. The earth is going through a 7,000 year dyad cycle.  My theory is that previous to Adam the earth had a matching 7,000 year cycle that was probably a bit easier or more preparatory.  At the end of that 7,000 years satan rebelled and all hell broke loose.  The second 7,000-year cycle began with Adam and now we find ourselves beginning the final unit of the second 7,000-year cycle, or the "fourteenth year".  It's interesting to note that two years before Christ came (the final year of the Nephites' fourteen-year cycle) Nephi spent the year preaching and bringing people to Christ.  After the fourteen-year cycle ended there was a brief period of chaos and then the wicked were all destroyed.  I feel that this corresponds to the millennial conditions that will soon begin followed by a brief season of evil being loosed and then a final casting out of the wicked and celestialization of our earth.

    The point of it all is so that we can experience a cycle as being "good" and a cycle as being "evil" so that we may know the good and evil.  Or the good from the evil.  Basically I believe that each time in scripture an individual experiences this pattern they are representing Christ over the course of the past 13,000 years and next 1,000 years.  When Nephi began preaching in the commencement of the 14th year it parallels Christ coming at the beginning of the final 1,000 years.

    Another reason I like this theory is that I believe in the vortex model of progression.  But in my model it's shaped like DNA - two matching paths orbiting around a center point.  The earth is going through this 7,000-year cycle twice like pairs on a DNA strand.  Or two planets around a sun.  
  2. The seven-year dyad is an ordinance from God, much like a 40-year pattern or 40-day purification/bleeding pattern.  Everyone following Christ will eventually, in some cycle of mortality, experience this 14-year pattern.  Joseph Smith, Moroni, Jacob, Joseph, the busy young man all experienced it on a personal level.  Somehow it prepares someone to become like Christ and to know good from evil.
  3. I have a theory that all ordinances and patterns that mortals go through our earth also goes through.  If this comes from God then it can be expected that our earth will also experience it.  I believe that around fourteen or fifteen years before Christ's Second Coming the earth will begin its own fourteen-year cycle - a cycle that all of these patterns in scripture have been pointing to.  I believe that we on this earth will be given seven years of relative peace in order to prepare ourselves for seven years of famine and war.  I don't know if those seven years of peace have begun or even ended already.  But I won't be surprised if after all is said and done that we can look back and see that this fourteen-year cycle did indeed happen and was followed by the destruction of the wicked after it was over.

So anyhoo, if you have any other theories or examples or more light to shed, PLEASE SHARE!

Nuwa/Fuxi, Adam/Eve, Compass/Square.  Intertwined and orbiting around a center mass.

The helical/vortex model of our solar system and galaxy:




Monday, March 21, 2016

14-Year Cycles - Part 8 - A parable by Denver Snuffer

(Chapter 1 from the book "Ten Parables" by Denver Snuffer, copyrighted and used here with permission from the author.  Quoting this parable does not imply that the author agrees with my ideas nor does it mean the parable symbolizes what I think it might)

A BUSY YOUNG MAN

A busy young man was on his way when he encountered a man sitting under a tree on the side of the road. The man asked the young man to come and help him. There was something compelling in the man’s demeanor, and the young man paused from his haste to help him. That day they sat under the tree and braided rope. At the end of the day the man asked the young man to return again the next day and help. The young man agreed. They sat together again the next day and braided rope. At the end of the second day the young man agreed to return. When the third day ended the young man’s hands were sore and blistered. He inquired how long the man intended to continue braiding rope. The man replied, “Until we have enough to make the net.”

The young man returned day after day for many years helping the man until finally the man said, “It is enough. Now we will tie the net.” Preparing the rope had taken nearly seven years, and tying the net took seven more for the complexity of the work. These two labored together day by day. At length the man said, “We may now have enough.” He fixed his eyes on the young man and asked, “Do you know who I am?” The young man replied, “I did not at first. It took a long time for me to see the wounds in your hands for the callouses caused by the labor of braiding and tying. But I have known for some time now who you are by your hands.” The Master replied, “Do you wish anything from me?” The young man replied, “No, not now. There was a time when I would have asked for more, but now I am content.” After a pause he added, “Master there was a time when, in the last months of braiding the rope, I believe my rope was perfect. And in the last year of tying the net I believe our net was perfect.” “Then,” said the Master, “the net has caught its fill and I must go to labor elsewhere.” The young man understood and after coming to know the Master thereafter followed His ways.

14-Year Cycles - Part 7 - Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith's ministry offers an interesting take on this theme.  From 1830-1837, there was general peace and things were for the most part going pretty well.  Then in 1837 the Kirtland Safety Society collapsed and things went downhill from there until his death in 1844.

1830 MARCH 26
FIRST PRINTED COPIES OF THE BOOK OF MORMON AVAILABLE IN PALMYRA, NEW YORK (5,000 COPIES PRINTED BY E.B. GRANDIN).
1830 APRIL 6
ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH IN FAYETTE, NEW YORK.
1830 JUNE
ARRESTED ON FALSE CHARGES OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT BUT WAS ACQUITTED IN A TRIAL AT SOUTH BAINBRIDGE, N.Y. 
1830 SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER
FIRST MISSIONARIES CALLED TO PREACH TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS.
1830 DECEMBER–1831 JANUARY
THE LORD COMMANDED THE SAINTS TO GATHER TO OHIO.
1831 JULY 20
SITE FOR THE CITY OF ZION (THE NEW JERUSALEM) IN INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI, REVEALED TO THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH.
1832 JANUARY 25
SUSTAINED PRESIDENT OF THE HIGH PRIESTHOOD AT A CONFERENCE AT AMHERST, OHIO.
1833 MARCH 18
FIRST PRESIDENCY ORGANIZED WITH SIDNEY RIGDON AND FREDERICK G. WILLIAMS SET APART AS COUNSELORS.
1833 NOVEMBER 7
SAINTS BEGAN FLEEING FROM MOBS IN JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI, ACROSS THE MISSOURI RIVER AND INTO CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURI.
1833 DECEMBER 18
GAVE THE FIRST PATRIARCHAL BLESSINGS IN THIS DISPENSATION TO HIS PARENTS, THREE OF HIS BROTHERS, AND OLIVER COWDERY.
1834 FEBRUARY 17
FIRST STAKE ORGANIZED IN KIRTLAND, OHIO, WITH JOSEPH SMITH AS STAKE PRESIDENT.
1834 MAY 8
LEFT NEW PORTAGE, OHIO, FOR MISSOURI AS THE LEADER OF ZION'S CAMP TO BRING RELIEF TO SAINTS EXPELLED FROM JACKSON COUNTY.
1835 FEBRUARY 14
QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES ORGANIZED IN KIRTLAND, OHIO.
1835 FEBRUARY 28
FIRST QUORUM OF THE SEVENTY ORGANIZED IN KIRTLAND, OHIO.
1835 AUGUST 17
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS ACCEPTED AS A STANDARD WORK OF THE CHURCH IN KIRTLAND, OHIO.
1836 MARCH 27
KIRTLAND TEMPLE DEDICATED.
1836 APRIL 3
JESUS CHRIST APPEARED TO JOSEPH SMITH AND OLIVER COWDERY IN THE KIRTLAND TEMPLE. MOSES, ELIAS, AND ELIJAH APPEARED AND CONVEYED PRIESTHOOD KEYS.
1837
KIRTLAND SAFETY BANKING SOCIETY COLLAPSE, MASS APOSTASY
1838 APRIL 26
NAME OF THE CHURCH—-THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS—GIVEN BY REVELATION.
1838 DECEMBER 1–1839 APRIL 16
IMPRISONED WITH OTHERS AT LIBERTY JAIL IN LIBERTY, MISSOURI.
1839 APRIL 16
ALLOWED TO ESCAPE WHILE BEING TRANSFERRED FROM DAVIESS COUNTY TO BOONE COUNTY (MISSOURI) UNDER A CHANGE OF VENUE IN THEIR CASE.
1839 OCTOBER 29
LEFT FOR WASHINGTON, D. C., TO SEEK REDRESS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR WRONGS SUFFERED BY THE SAINTS IN MISSOURI.
1841 JANUARY 19
REVELATION TO BUILD NAUVOO TEMPLE RECEIVED. BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD WAS INTRODUCED AS A TEMPLE ORDINANCE.
1842 MARCH 1
ARTICLES OF FAITH FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES AND SEASONS.
1842 MARCH 17
FEMALE RELIEF SOCIETY OF NAUVOO ORGANIZED.
1842 MAY 4
FIRST FULL TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS RECEIVED IN NAUVOO, ILLINOIS.
1844 JANUARY 29
NOMINATED AS A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
1844 JUNE 22
JOSEPH AND HYRUM SMITH CROSSED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO FLEE TO THE GREAT BASIN. ILLINOIS GOVERNOR THOMAS FORD PROMISED THE PROPHET SAFETY, AND SO, AT THE PLEADINGS OF OTHERS, THE PAIR RETURNED TO NAUVOO AND TURNED THEMSELVES OVER TO GOVERNMENT AGENTS. 
1844 JUNE 27
JOSEPH AND HYRUM SMITH MARTYRED AT CARTHAGE JAIL IN CARTHAGE, ILLINOIS.

Monday, March 14, 2016

14-Year Cycles - Part 6 - 3 Nephi 4-7: The destruction of the wicked Nephites

This seems to me to be the most informative and pertinent to our time.  I think Mormon carefully laid this out for us to demonstrate what we'll be going through collectively right before Christ comes again.  I think the 14-year cycle is something that will happen to everyone individually at some point along the path (in some cycle of mortality) and I also think that the earth will go through the same experience.

To me what is most striking is that when laying out these two 7-year cycles, Mormon pauses in the middle to talk about the latter-day restoration of Israel.  Is he implying that this will happen in the middle of the final 14-year cycle?

It's also interesting that the year after this 14-year cycle ends the wicked are destroyed and Christ comes to visit the Nephites/Lamanites.  Will we see a similar 14-year cycle right before the Second Coming of Christ?


Year 1-2
  •  3 Nephi 4:5 And it came to pass that in the nineteenth year Giddianhi found that it was expedient that he should go up to battle against the Nephites, for there was no way that they could subsist save it were to plunder and rob and murder.
  • 3 Nephi 4:11-12 And the battle commenced in this the sixth month; and great and terrible was the battle thereof, yea, great and terrible was the slaughter thereof, insomuch that there never was known so great a slaughter among all the people of Lehi since he left Jerusalem. 12 And notwithstanding the threatenings and the oaths which Giddianhi had made, behold, the Nephites did beat them, insomuch that they did fall back from before them.
  • 3 Nephi 4:15 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites did return again to their place of security. And it came to pass that this nineteenth year did pass away, and the robbers did not come again to battle; neither did they come again in the twentieth year.
Year 3
  • 3 Nephi 4:16 And in the twenty and first year they did not come up to battle, but they came up on all sides to lay siege round about the people of Nephi; for they did suppose that if they should cut off the people of Nephi from their lands, and should hem them in on every side, and if they should cut them off from all their outward privileges, that they could cause them to yield themselves up according to their wishes.
  • 3 Nephi 4:33 And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction.
Year 4-7
  • 3 Nephi 5:6-7 And thus they did put an end to all those wicked, and secret, and abominable combinations, in the which there was so much wickedness, and so many murders committed. 7 And thus had the twenty and second year passed away, and the twenty and third year also, and the twenty and fourth, and the twenty and fifth; and thus had twenty and five years passed away.  (Mormon names the 7th year twice)

Here Mormon pauses and starting with verse 8 until verse 26 discusses the records he's making as well as the last days when a remnant of Joseph will be restored along with the remnant of Jacob from the four quarters of the earth according to the covenant made to the House of Jacob.

Then he picks up again:

Year 8
  • 3 Nephi 6:1-2 And now it came to pass that the people of the Nephites did all return to their own lands in the twenty and sixth year, every man, with his family, his flocks and his herds, his horses and his cattle, and all things whatsoever did belong unto them. 2 And it came to pass that they had not eaten up all their provisions; therefore they did take with them all that they had not devoured, of all their grain of every kind, and their gold, and their silver, and all their precious things, and they did return to their own lands and their possessions, both on the north and on the south, both on the land northward and on the land southward.
Year 9
  • 3 Nephi 6:4 And they began again to prosper and to wax great; and the twenty and sixth and seventh years passed away, and there was great order in the land; and they had formed their laws according to equity and justice.
Year 10
  • 3 Nephi 6:9 And thus passed away the twenty and eighth year, and the people had continual peace.
Year 11
  • 3 Nephi 6:10-12 But it came to pass in the twenty and ninth year there began to be some disputings among the people; and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of their exceedingly great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions;  11 For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers. 12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches.
  • 3 Nephi 6:14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.
Year 12
  • 3 Nephi 6:17 And thus, in the commencement of the thirtieth year—the people having been delivered up for the space of a long time to be carried about by the temptations of the devil whithersoever he desired to carry them, and to do whatsoever iniquity he desired they should—and thus in the commencement of this, the thirtieth year, they were in a state of awful wickedness.
  • 3 Nephi 7:1-2 Now behold, I will show unto you that they did not establish a king over the land; but in this same year, yea, the thirtieth year, they did destroy upon the judgment-seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of the land.  2 And the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred and friends; and thus they did destroy the government of the land.
  • 3 Nephi 7:8 And thus six years had not passed away since the more part of the people had turned from their righteousness, like the dog to his vomit, or like the sow to her wallowing in the mire.
Year 13
  • 3 Nephi 7:14 And it came to pass in the thirty and first year that they were divided into tribes, every man according to his family, kindred and friends; nevertheless they had come to an agreement that they would not go to war one with another; but they were not united as to their laws, and their manner of government, for they were established according to the minds of those who were their chiefs and their leaders. But they did establish very strict laws that one tribe should not trespass against another, insomuch that in some degree they had peace in the land; nevertheless, their hearts were turned from the Lord their God, and they did stone the prophets and did cast them out from among them.
  • 3 Nephi 7:21-22 And it came to pass that the thirty and first year did pass away, and there were but few who were converted unto the Lord; but as many as were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed. 22 And as many as had devils cast out from them, and were healed of their sicknesses and their infirmities, did truly manifest unto the people that they had been wrought upon by the Spirit of God, and had been healed; and they did show forth signs also and did do some miracles among the people.
Year 14
  • 23 Thus passed away the thirty and second year also. And Nephi did cry unto the people in the commencement of the thirty and third year; and he did preach unto them repentance and remission of sins.


In the 33rd year (the year following the 14-year cycle) the wicked were destroyed.


14-Year Cycles - Part 5 - First fourteen years of the reign of judges

This one doesn't fit the pattern perfectly, but there were a few things that stood out to me.

There were some wars in the 5th year and there were some civil problems throughout the cycle but otherwise it was mostly peaceful.  Then in the 7th year they gained 3,500 converts.  Then in the 8th year (first year of second cycle) the people began to be wicked.  It also stood out to me that Mormon mentions the fourteenth year twice - in Alma 16:12 and then again in Alma 16:21.  Also, the missionary efforts of the sons of Mosiah took fourteen years.  I'm not sure if it was also split up into two 7-year cycles but I still think there might be a correlation.

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  • Mosiah 29:44-46:  44 And thus commenced the reign of the judges throughout all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who were called the Nephites; and Alma was the first and chief judge. 45 And now it came to pass that his father died, being eighty and two years old, having lived to fulfil the commandments of God.  46 And it came to pass that Mosiah died also, in the thirty and third year of his reign, being sixty and three years old; making in the whole, five hundred and nine years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem.
2
  • Alma 1:23 – “Now this was in the second year of the reign of Alma, and it was a cause of much affliction to the church; yea, it was the cause of much trial with the church.”
3
4
5
  • Alma 1:33 - And it came to pass that by thus exercising the law upon them, every man suffering according to that which he had done, they became more still, and durst not commit any wickedness if it were known; therefore, there was much peace among the people of Nephi until the fifth year of the reign of the judges.
  • Alma 2:1 – “And it came to pass in the commencement of the fifth year of their reign there began to be a contention among the people; for a certain man, being called Amlici, he being a very cunning man, yea, a wise man as to the wisdom of the world, he being after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword, who was executed according to the law”
  • Alma 3:25 – “Now all these things were done, yea, all these wars and contentions were commenced and ended in the fifth year of the reign of the judges.”


6
  • Alma 4:1 – “Now it came to pass in the sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, there were no contentions nor wars in the land of Zarahemla;”
7
  • Alma 4:5 – “And it came to pass in the seventh year of the reign of the judges there were about three thousand five hundred souls that united themselves to the church of God and were baptized. And thus ended the seventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi; and there was continual peace in all that time.”
8
  • Alma 4:6 – “And it came to pass in the eighth year of the reign of the judges, that the people of the church began to wax proud, because of their exceeding riches, and their fine silks, and their fine-twined linen, and because of their many flocks and herds, and their gold and their silver, and all manner of precious things, which they had obtained by their industry; and in all these things were they lifted up in the pride of their eyes, for they began to wear very costly apparel.”
9
  • Alma 4:11 – “And it came to pass in the commencement of the ninth year, Alma saw the wickedness of the church, and he saw also that the example of the church began to lead those who were unbelievers on from one piece of iniquity to another, thus bringing on the destruction of the people.”   NOTE – also in this year Alma gives up his role as Chief Judge and appoints Nephihah to take his place)
10
  • Alma 8:3 - “And it came to pass in the commencement of the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Alma departed from thence and took his journey over into the land of Melek, on the west of the river Sidon, on the west by the borders of the wilderness.”
  • Alma 14:23 “And it came to pass after they had thus suffered for many days, (and it was on the twelfth day, in the tenth month, *in the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi) that the chief judge over the land of Ammonihah and many of their teachers and their lawyers went in unto the prison where Alma and Amulek were bound with cords.”
  • Alma 15:19  “And thus ended the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.”
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  • Alma 16:1 “And it came to pass in the *eleventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, on the fifth day of the second month, there having been much peace in the land of Zarahemla, there having been no wars nor contentions for a certain number of years, even until the fifth day of the second month in the eleventh year, there was a cry of war heard throughout the land.”
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  • Alma 16:12  “And the Lamanites did not come again to war against the Nephites *until the fourteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi. And thus for three years did the people of Nephi have continual peace in all the land.” 
  • Alma 16: 21 And now after the church had been established throughout all the land—having got the victory over the devil, and the word of God being preached in its purity in all the land, and the Lord pouring out his blessings upon the people—thus ended the fourteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.”
  • Alma 17:4  “And they had been teaching the word of God *for the space of fourteen years among the Lamanites, having had much success in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, by the power of their words many were brought before the altar of God, to call on his name and confess their sins before him.”


Sunday, March 13, 2016

14-Year Cycles - Part 4 - Captain Moroni

Laying out the events of Alma 43-62 chronologically it's interesting to note that there is a 14-year time-span for all of the events involving Captain Moroni.  The first seven years are surprisingly peaceful - there is a battle with Zerahemnah in the first year and Amalickiah becomes king of the Lamanites in the second year but not much happens until the eighth year.  The second half of the 14 years is full of war and atrocities.  Captain Moroni was given seven years to prepare for the events of the following seven years.

  • Year 18 (1)
    • Zerahemnah brings the Lamanites to attack Antionum
    • With the help of Alma, Moroni and his army defeat Zerahemnah
  • Year 19 (2)
    • Alma leaves and is never heard from again
    • Moroni raises the Standard of Liberty
    • Amalickiah and his followers flee to the land of Nephi
    • Amalickiah becomes king of the Lamanites
    • Lamanites fail to conquer cities of Ammonihah and Noah
  • Year 20 (3)
    • Four years of peace begins
    • City of Moroni is founded in the southeast and the city of Lehi in the north
  • Year 21 (4)
    • Nephites become rich and prosper in the land
  • Year 22 (5)
  • Year 23 (6)
  • Year 24 (7)
    • Morianton rebels in the north and is killed by Teancum
    • Pahoran becomes chief judge
  • Year 25 (8)
    • King-men rebel
    • Moroni ends king-men rebellion
    • Amalickiah and Lamanites attack the land of Moroni
    • Lamanites take cities of Nephihah, Lehi, Morianton, Omnger, Gid, and Mulek all in the east
    • Teancum kills Amalickiah on new year's eve (a very hot day)
  • Year 26 (9)
    • Amalickiah's brother Ammoron becomes king of the Lamanites
    • Teancum fortifies Bountiful in the north
    • Lamanites take cities of Manti, Zeezrom, Cumeni, and Antiparah
    • Helaman leads the 2000 Ammonite warriors
  • Year 27 (10)
    • Moroni moves north towards Bountiful, leaving Teancum in east
    • Helaman and Antipus achieve great victory in southwest
    • Near the end of the year Moroni arrives at Bountiful
  • Year 28 (11)
    • Moroni, Lehi, and Teancum take back Mulek by strategem
    • Lamanite prisoners fortify Bountiful
    • Ammoron tries to make a prisoner exchange with Helaman
    • Helaman takes city of Antiparah
  • Year 29 (12)
    • Ammoron tries to make a prisoner exchange with Moroni
    • Moroni frees prisoners in the city of Gid in the east
    • Helaman and Antipus lay seige to the city of Cumeni and take it back
    • Lamanites attack Helaman and Antipus but are driven back to the city of Manti
    • Helaman and Antipus take the city of Manti without any loss
    • Lamanites are driven out of southwest quarter
  • Year 30 (13)
    • Moroni asks for assistance from the government and threatens to attack them
    • Moroni and Pahoran attack Zarahemla and take down rebels

  • Year 31 (14)
    • Moroni sends reinforcements to both fronts
    • Moroni and Pahoran take back city of Nephihah and then move north towards city of Lehi
    • They keep moving until meeting with Teancum and Lehi
    • Moroni, Pahoran, Teancum, and Lehi lay siege to Ammoron in the city of Moroni in south east
    • Teancum kills Ammoron and is himself killed
    • Lamanites are defeated, Moroni and Helaman retire