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Thursday, September 19, 2013

202: PRE-FIRST VISION


A vital preliminary to Joseph Smith's First Vision was another vision that prepared the way. The  following quote is the 1832 recital of the First Vision as dictated by Joseph Smith to Frederick G. Williams. (The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith by Dean C. Jessee (Salt Lake City: Deseret, 1984), 5;
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"For I looked upon the sun the glorious luminary of the earth and also the moon rolling in their majesty through the heavens and also the Stars Shining in their courses and the earth also upon which I stood and the beast of the field and the fowls of heaven and the fish of the waters and also man walking forth upon the face of the earth in majesty and in the Strength of beauty and my heart exclaimed all these bear testimony and bespeak an omnipotent and omnipresent being. I also pondered the situation of the world of mankind the contentions and divisions the wickedness and abominations and the darkness which pervaded the minds of mankind."
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 Below are some photos that I took today on September 19, 2013 The top two photos are of the planet Venus. The bottom two are of the Harvest Moon as it was rising in the East. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox, which marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the equinox falls on Sunday (Sept. 22), and the moon reaches its full phase in North America overnight from Wednesday to Thursday (Sept. 18-19). This full moon is called the Harvest Moon because many fruitsand vegetables tend to ripen in the late summer and early fall in the Northern Hemisphere

 

Here are a few more photos that I took last week. I took my daughters on Labor Day to the zoo. Out of all the creatures to see, I enjoyed seeing the birds. Truly birds are beautiful creatures that we should envy.


 
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2 comments:

  1. "Where there is no vision the people perish." Proverbs 29:18

    You (blog author) recently posted a metaphor via a documentary you came across. Myth, legend ... the story of "everyman" provides a power tool or gateway. HIS word, becomes a door by which we each can step through.

    There is such a door, in the animated film, "Book of Kells." If you haven't seen it. I would strongly recommend it (for both you and your children). There are lessons, parrallels throughout. The literal Book of Kells, or Ilumined Manuscript, has quite the history. We (all) fall short of understanding the book's (Book of Mormon's) true author, origin, meaning and purpose. Like the young boy in the story, we all must, at some point, defy the abbot, pass through the city's wall and step into the forrest. The evidence of the Book's truthfullness can only be seen or measured in our own lives ...

    So many layers, all of which are unfolding before our very eyes.

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