The People of the Tree Life The 4 Groups in Lehi’s Dream
The Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:3-8 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood. 22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree. 23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost. The Tree of Life and the Sower 1 Ne. 8:21-23.--Group 1 Matthew 13:19. – The Wayside 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree. 25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed. 28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. The Tree of Life and the Sower 1 Ne. 8:24-25, 28 – Group 2 Matthew 13: 20-21. – Stony Places
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. The Tree of Life and the Sower 1 Ne. 8: 30. – Group 3 Matt. 13: 23. The Good Ground
31 And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building. 32 And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads. 33 And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not. 34 These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. The Tree of Life and the Sower 1 Ne. 8:31-34 – Group 4 Matt. 13:22 -- Thorns
Out of the Box • Liken the Scriptures unto Yourselves. 1 Ne. 19:23 • The Book of Mormon written for L.D.S.Title Page • For the Work of the Ministry • The Perfecting of the Saints • The Parables and the Peoples of the Book of Mormon represent the L.D.S. • The Sins of Israel are the Sins of Israel
Kingship and Coronation 1. Ceremonies that symbolize the King’s Death and rebirth or Resurrection. 2. Some people are not admissible to the Ceremonies. 3. To Prepare he Fasts and practices other austerities. 4. A kind of Sabbath is observed; the people are silent and lie quiet as at death. 5. The King must fight a ritual combat: by arms, by ceremonies, and die.
Kingship and Coronation 6. A Human victim is killed, the brothers or human sacrifice. 7. A substitute is chosen 8. All fires are extinguished in the land. 9. The people indulge in obscenities, and or buffoonery. 10. The king is washed with water. 11. The king is anointed with oil. 12. The king receives a new name. 13. The king receives a communion or sacrament. 14. The king is dressed in special robes. 15. The king puts on shoes.
Kingship and Coronation 16. The king sits upon a throne. 17. The King is crowned. 18. He receives other regalia, sword, scepter, ring, robes. 19. The king scatters beans. 20. The people rejoice with acclamations. 21. Fires are rekindled. 22. The King is admonished to rule justly and promises. 23. He takes three ceremonial steps in imitation of the rising sun. 24. A Feast is given
Kingship and Coronation 25. A Queen is consecrated with the King. 26. The King travels around his domain. 27. The vassals or officials are consecrated at the same time, or in the course of his tour. 28. The King may be consecrated several times, going up each time in the scale of kingship.
Kingship and Coronation • The Death of the God • The Resurrection of the God • The Ascension of the God • The Enthronment
Kingship in Mosiah • 1:10 -- The new King must make the Summons” • 1:11-12 – Make a “Name” for this people • 1:15 – The passing of the “National Treasures” • 1:18 – Gather to the “Temple” ‘new year rite’ • 2:2 – The “Census,” numbering the people • 2:3 – New year “sacrifice” is always the firstling • 2:3 – All things done according to “scripture” • 2:4 – The Thanks offering, a New Years Rite • 2:5 – The wilderness motif, according to “Families” • 2:6 – “Tents” or booths, fairs at the New Year
Kingship in Mosiah • 2:7– Should be within “The Walls of the Temple” • 2:7– The “Tower” the people must hear • 2:9 -- The “silentium” hearken and “hear” • 2:9 -- The “drama” or “mysteries” to be unfolded • 2:10 – Purpose of Year Rite is to proclaim the King as the “Son of God” • 2:11 – “Chosen” not by divine right or inheritance • 2:12 – Not ask for gifts, (must bring gifts) • 2:15 – The need for “Witnesses” in the ceremony • 2:20 – God is Creator (Not King who gives life)
Kingship in Mosiah • 2:21 – It is God who “supports and preserves” • 2:26-27 – The Kings “Farewell” his mortality, and morality • 2:28 -- The “choirs” (Bab. & Eg. The “poema” & creation • 2:34 – The King must prosper the people • 2:34 – The King must protect and provide National Security (temporal) • 2:34-35 – The King reads from the “records” uses the standards of life • 2:41 – The State of the Union or State of Life • 3:1 – The “divination” the future of the nation
Kingship in Mosiah • 3:20-21 – The great “Judge” is the Real King • 4:1 – The end of the themes of eternity • 4:1-2 – The “proskynesis” they “fall to the earth” • 4:7 – The days of the “Ancients” • 5:2 – The “Acclamation” cried with one voice • 5:5 – The people covenant to be obedient to Kings commands • 5:7-12 – The people receive the “name” • 5:15 – The “Acceptance” of the people and covenant • 6:1 – The “Names” of those covenanting