It’s a Punny World I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
Stories in the Book of Mormon Two Questions to always ask: 1- Why did Mormon include this story? 2- Is this person/people an example or a warning?
Zarahemla Zeniff Wilderness 80 Years Original Land of Lehi/Nephi Nephities 350 Years
Zeniff’s “Sin” Mosiah 7:21 First, Over-zealous Second, Deceived Next, Bondage Finally, Mourning
The Solution? Mosiah 8
Elder Theodor M. Burton …one can trust a seer because a seer may see the heavens open. He may see the great vision of God working in all his majesty. He may see the fulness of truth as it is revealed to him by God who makes no mistakes. The evidence is clear, therefore, and the interpretation is clear. The seer can bear personal testimony, not based on books, not based on scholarship, not based on tradition, but based on the evidence of things that God himself can reveal to him in an actual experience with Deity. He may receive a revelation from God by actually seeing and hearing and being instructed in the real truth. Conference report, 1961
Understanding and wisdom Mosiah 8:20 O how marvelous are the works of the Lord, and how long doth he suffer with his people; Yea, and how blind and impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men For they will not seek wisdom neither do they desire that she should rule over them! Mosiah 12:27 Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding; therefore ye have not been wise.
Elder Bednar May I suggest that understanding is not a characteristic or virtue we can jot down on our goal sheet or "to do" list, to be accomplished by the end of the month. Rather, understanding, in the scriptural sense …is a gift from God…. … parents are not simply to teach their children. Rather, they are to teach them to understand. And understanding is a gift from God. 1999 Education Week Address
Question How do we teach children (or others) to ‘understand’?
Abinadi Before Noah Mosiah 12: 18-23 Why are they asking this question? The answer for us? Mosiah 15:10,11
Joseph F. Smith 1888 I can remember the time when I was quite a little boy, when we were hurried very unceremoniously across the river Mississippi from the city of Nauvoo just previous to the bombardment of the town by the mob. I had a great anxiety then—that is for a child—to know where on earth we were going to. I knew we had left home. We had left it willingly—because we were obliged to—we left it in a hurry, and we were not far away when we heard the cannonade on the other side of the river; but I felt just as certain in my mind then—as certain as a child could feel—that all was right, that the Lord's hand was in it, as I do to-day… When we came out here (to Utah) we came out from the midst of bondage and very much oppression and tyranny. Some of the brethren were talking to us yesterday about bondage; and it is said in the revelation that "ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched out arm." Now, the Lord also promised that He would raise up a man that should lead the people out of bondage; and, further, He promised that when He should raise up that man His angels should go before them and also His presence, not as it was in the days of the children of Israel in the wilderness, when His angel went up before them, but not His presence; but in the last days the Spirit of God and the angels shall go before the people and shall follow after them.