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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

258: NOW WHAT IS THIS OTHER COMFORTER?

While one might think that small changes are insignificant,  we know that over time these changes slowly add up to big changes. The Deuteronomists were a group of men who made changes to scriptures. They re-translated, edited, modified scripture from the Old Testament. In fact, there are 96 books missing due to their redaction. The Deuteronomists were the forerunners to the Pharisees. They put themselves in charge and interrupted scripture. They changed the ancient Hebrew religion.


I would like to point out one change that might seem small, but I think this is a BIG change in our most recently published version of scripture. It is a change in the footnote of the scripture found in John 14:16. The footnote for the word Comforter says "Holy Ghost, Comforter."  Here is a screen shot.
 
The Comforter footnote has now been modified in the newly published scriptures and on the scriptures found online.
 
If you look at your scriptures that have been published a few years ago, the footnote to the word Comforter originally says, "Jesus Christ, Second Comforter."  
 

The footnote to the other Comforter in older versions of scripture says Jesus Christ, Second  Comforter.

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 So which is it? Is this other Comforter... the Holy Ghost, or is the other Comforter referring to the Second Comforter which is Jesus Christ?
 

You decide for yourself. I think it is pretty clear who this other Comforter is. The following are quotes from Joseph Smith and from the Doctrine and Covenants.


"Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and this is the sum and 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, and even He will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God; and this is the state and place the ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious visions—Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. Paul in the three heavens, and all the Saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the First Born." (Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 Vols. 3:380-81)


"The other Comforter spoken of is a subject of great interest, and perhaps understood by few of this generation. After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands), which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted. When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his 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 14th chapter, from the 12th to the 27th verses" (Teachings, pp. 149-50).
 

"I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John. This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom; which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son" (D&C 88:3-5).

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Hopefully this change to the footnote was a printing error mistake and they will fix it, and not a modification or alteration to doctrine.





Sunday, April 20, 2014

257: PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." 
John 14:27
 
Here are a few photos from this morning. Instead of hiking in the mountains, I found a secluded place just east of a near by cemetery. I was accompanied by a dove who watched the sunrise with me. It was a beautiful morning. I find myself in at a time when I need to have more faith in the words of the Lord and to believe in Him.
 





Friday, April 18, 2014

256: CHRIST IS RISEN: EASTER MORNING

 Of all weeks in the year, from Palm Sunday to Easter Morning is the most sacred and holy. Unfortunately colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and candy baskets usually get center stage instead of the observance of the culminating events in Christ's life . For Christian around the world, this week is called “Holy Week.” As Latter-day Saints, we don’t use that term. We tend to focus mostly on just Easter morning and the Resurrection. However, I think it is important that we remember the entire week and not just the "finale."

 Here are a few highlights of Christ’s last week. 

Palm Sunday: The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem when Palm fronds were waved. (Culturally, the Palm tree represents the Tree of Life).

Thursday: The Last Supper. Christ gives His final address to His disciples and washes their feet. (There is a misconception that the Last Supper was the Passover Meal. While Christ’s last supper with his disciples was a sacred meal, it was not Passover. If we remember, the Jews had to crucify him before Passover. Passover that year was on the Sabbath, (on Saturday.) That's why the Jews had to crucify Christ on Friday because they think His crucifixion would defile their Passover.)

Thursday evening: Christ’s atonement in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Friday early morning (still dark): Christ is arrested in the Garden by the temple guards (not Roman soldiers, but the paramilitary guard of the Sanhedrin)

Friday morning: The three trials of Christ take place (Annas, the High Priest and the Sanhedrin, judgment hall of Pilate

Friday afternoon: Christ is crucified.

Saturday: Christ's descent to hell to “spirit prison” (D&C 138)

Sunday morning: The Resurrection of Christ (before sunrise while still dark) and His Ascent.
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Many people have been looking in the heavens this week. Primarily to the see the full moon on Passover. Here is a suggestion of something beautiful to witness on Easter Morning this Sunday.

Photo taken at Sunrise on Easter morning on top of Hidden Peak in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Suggestion to do on Easter morning:

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine asked me to attend an early morning sunrise service on Easter morning up on top of Hidden Peak at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon. All who want to attend can ride the tram to the top of the mountain for free. It's up in the mountains that you get a true sunrise, one where you see the sun rises on an equal plane with you or, in the case of being on top of Hidden Peak, rises below you.

For those who would like to attend this Sunday morning, the service begins at 6:41 a.m. The first Tram departs at 5:21 a.m. from the Cliff Lodge. The last Tram is at 6:21 a.m. It is important to arrive early to guarantee your spot on the Tram.

No matter what you do this weekend, whether you get up to see the sunrise up in the mountains or from your backyard.. We all would do well to think of Christ this Easter. Remember who He is,  Remember what He did.. and His relationship with each of us. He loves us of that I testify.

Full sun in Glory

Full moon over the Pfeifferhorn mountain as seen from Hidden Peak. Taken on Easter morn 2012
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

255: TIME TO FACE THE MUSIC

 When we need to confront or cope with a difficult situation we use the idiom, ‘Face the music’. To ‘face the music’ involves a situation where courage is required and most likely due to the unpleasant consequences of past actions.  There are several theories on the origins of phrase. One theory suggests that the saying derives from the theatre when the nervous actor must literally face the music from the orchestra pit when the curtain goes up. Others think that the origin is based on the drumming out ceremony in the military that accompanied dishonorable discharge.

However, I found the following to be the most profound theory.

 "Centuries ago, a Chinese man grew up loving music. It was his passion. He was jealous of those who could play and went to every concert he could just to hear music. Due to his own fear and insecurity though, he never sought to learn to play an instrument for himself, only to listen to others. 

When he became older, his love of music grew and his life’s desire was to be associated with music somehow. He devised a scheme in which he deceptively forged his way into being accepted into the Chinese National Symphony. He carried a violin with him everywhere and so deceived people into thinking he could actually play.

For years, he would travel and sit with the symphony during performances, never knowing how to play a single note. Until one year that the symphony played before the Emperor of China. He was so pleased with the performance that he requested that each musician come to his palace to play for him the next day…individually. 

The man was so distraught and overcome with fear that he went out that night and committed suicide, unable to “face the music”.


There are more phrases that we use in English. 'Wake up and smell the coffee' is used for telling someone that they need to pay attention to what is happening in a situation they are in, usually the situation is not good. The phrase, 'Pay the piper’, means to face the inevitable consequences of one's actions, possibly alluding to the story where the villagers broke their promise to pay the Piper for his assistance in ridding the town of the rats. And 'you make the bed you lie in’ which come from creating a difficult situation whose unpleasant consequences one must now endure.

In scripture, the Lord and his prophets uses the phrases like, ‘awake to your awful situation’ and ‘Awake and Arise.’

"Awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe. Awake! and arise from the dust." (2 Nephi 1: 13-14)
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Personal sidenote:

This morning it was time for me to "face the music" in a small way. I got on the scale. I have been avoiding it for months especially after my annual accumulation of winter "insulation" around the waist from excess holiday eating and lack of exercise. This was a big small step in facing the music to my awful "physical state'. However, what is more concerning to me is my 'spiritual' state. The past few days after listening to words that have pierced my core, I realize that I am not as spiritually healthy as I need to be.  Heaven help me to know how to move forward and shed the excess "fat" that I have accumulated over the years.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

254: PASSOVER BLOOD MOON (the first of 4 in the tetrad)

The past 24 hours the skies over Salt Lake City have been completely clear. Not a cloud in the sky. This lunar eclipse was meant to be seen. Here are a few photos:

Before and After photos of the Lunar eclipse
 
The Earth beginning to cast a shadow on the moon.




Taken around 2:22 AM with the sun beginning to be cast on the moon again.




Monday, April 14, 2014

253: PASSOVER 2014


Photo taken of a bronze sculpture at Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi.

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For the past couple of years, our family has observed Passover or “Pesach” (which means “to Pass Over’). This important sacred feast is rich in symbolism and begins this evening at sundown. Most observe Passover by holding a Seder meal (a Passover Feast) which involves a retelling and discussing the story of the Israelites’ exodus from ancient Egypt and their deliverance from slavery. This ritualized Passover meal begins an eight day feast of unleavened bread; in which no leavened bread was eaten, symbolic of the Israelites’ need to flee quickly which did not allow enough time for bread dough to rise. In addition to eating unleaven bread, the feast consists of partaking of very symbolic food including marar (bitter herbs), charoset (apple and walnut salad), zeroa (shankbone), baytzah (eggs), chazeret (vegatables).


 Five days prior to this night, a family observing Passover was to select a lamb. The lamb was to be male, at least one year old, and without spot or blemish. The lamb was brought into the family home for 4 days. This gave time for the family to bond and have attachment with the lamb, making the sacrifice more poignant.  The lamb was to be sacrificed by sundown with no bones broken. They were to take the blood and “strike” it on 2 side posts and upper post, go inside, shut their doors and not come out until morning. This was done by using a Hyssop branch which is a healing herb that treats leprosy (a death and decaying disease). The instruction from the Lord to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood was for protection from the destroying angels, and that spirit of the Lord knew to “pass over” the first-born in these homes.

Sidenote: A lamb is a very tender and loving animal. A friend shared an account with me about a butcher who had been asked to slaughter a family’s Passover lamb. The butcher anticipated a routine experience, as he had slaughtered many animals. He related how after slitting the small creature’s throat, the little lamb turned and licked the blood off of the butcher’s hands. This hardened butcher was deeply moved and forever changed. The tender licking of the blood from the man’s hand was a sign of unconditional love and forgiveness.



 In John 13 we read, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.”

Kneel down to serve and elevate the least.

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Addendum:
Here is some symbols that we discuss as a family: 



 



 One more thing:
To observe the accompanying lunar eclipse/blood moon can look to the sky starting Monday at 11:58 p.m. The moon will move closest to the center of the Earth’s shadow at 1:46 a.m. and totality will end at 2:25 a.m. The moon will be clear of the Earth’s shadow at 3:33 a.m.,




Friday, April 11, 2014

252: RARE ASTROLOGICAL EVENTS: SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS


Alignment of Mars with the Earth and the Sun.
 
Mars, Earth and the sun aligned this week in a rare “opposition of the planets”.  I took a photo below with my zoom lens of the planet Mars rising in the East horizon. Every planet has a symbol that represents it. The symbol for Mars is the male symbol we use (the circle with an arrow) which represents the shield and spear of Mars, the Roman god of war. It is the red planet.  I find it interesting that this alignment of Mars, Earth and the Sun  comes six days before a full lunar eclipse or "blood moon", when the entirety of the moon is shaded by Earth and appears as an eerie reddish color.

 
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Four Blood Moons on Sacred Holy Days
 
The two most sacred Jewish holy days are Passover and the Feast of the Tabernacles. Both of these holy days always begin on a full moon. Passover is in the spring and begins on the night of the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The Feast of the Tabernacle is in the fall and begins the night of the full moon after the fall equinox.

This year and next year, there will be a lunar eclipse on these holy days occurring on April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.  An lunar eclipse during a full moon is also called a blood moon because the moon looks red.  During the lunar eclipse, the Moon passes fully into the shadow of the Earth and it’s no longer being illuminated by the Sun. However, a red light is cast passing through the Earth’s atmosphere reaching the Moon which makes the moon appear to turn to blood.

Having four consecutive “blood moons” occurring at approximately six-month intervals is a phenomenon called a tetrad. The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all of the USA.  People in North and South America will be able to see the entire eclipse, while sky watchers in the western Pacific can catch only the last half.
 



 Photo was taken March 16, 2014. The last full moon before the vernal equinox.
 

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Four Solar Eclipses
(including an Total Eclipse creating the Ring of Fire)
 
 Solar Eclipses occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and directly blocks the light of the sun. Because the moon is located between the Sun and Earth the dark side of the moon is facing Earth and is in a New Moon phase. On April 29, 2014 there will be an annular eclipse visible in Southern Hemisphere and then on October 23, 2014 there will be a partial eclipse visible for all of North America. On March 20, 2015 on the Spring (Vernal) Equinox there will be a total Eclipse and then one more on September 13, 2015.
 
 
Photo taken in 2012 at the Parowan Gap as the moon begins to pass in front of the sun before the Total Solar Eclipse forming a "Ring of  Fire" in the photo below.
Photo taken of the same Total solar eclipse down at Parowan gap in 2012.
I have shared this on a previous post but wanted to repeat:
 
"The Lord created the heaven. The Ancients viewed the heavens as being a testimony given to us on the earth. From the surface of the earth, the sun occupies a space, even though the sun is over a 100 times larger than the earth. The space of the sun occupies from the firmament of the earth is exactly the same as the space in the firmament that is occupied by the moon. Although the moon is one sixth the size of the earth. From the surface of the earth, they are identical in size, so much so that when you view them on the ecliptic that they are located, one can block out the other entirely in an eclipse. Because all these things were ordained by God to testify in the heavens about Him and about His work. And those things are bearing testimony. And they are telling you something." 
 
I believe with these rare astrological events are signs in the heavens. And yes, they are telling us something.
 
 
Sidenote: I thought this was an interesting symbolic image and story.  LINK
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

251: CONNECTION TO THE BREATH OF LIFE or Hā:

This past weekend, the members of the LDS Church gathered for their semi-annual General Conference. The Sunday session was on April 6th, an important date for many reasons.  In 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on this date.  The Church has come along way since then.
  
The purpose of the restoration was to once again connected man with God, and not necessarily to connect man to a Church. The main purpose in establishing a church is to gather and to teach others to connect with God. The church should be the means to the end, and not the end itself.
 
I watched all five sessions of General Conference. I find it fascinating to see what is spoken by those sustained as prophets, seers and revelators. I always pray that they will  magnify their callings. I take notes on what is said, and also what is not said. Here are a few thoughts:
 
The first speaker after President Monson's opening remarks was Elder Jeffrey R Holland. At the end of his talk he bore his testimony by saying “I bear witness of the Church, with a particular witness of restored priesthood keys.” I found the wording to be interesting. I compared that with the testimony given by Elder Boyd K Packer. Even though his testimony was pre-recorded, I appreciated Packer's testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I think this might be one of the last time we hear him speak, if not the last.
 
One of my favorite quotes from conference was given by Jean A Stevens, the First Counselor of the Primary General Presidency:

“Gospel is not weight, it is wings. It carries us. The Gospel is not a checklist of things to do, but rather it lives in our hearts. “

It is interesting to compare this quote that "the Gospel is not weight" to a talk given by Elder Bednar. He used the analogy of if you get "stuck in the snow", the solution is to pile on more weight (like a full load of wood in the back of 4x4 truck). The weight of this full load of wood would then help me free myself.

Also, I found it interesting that almost every talk mentioned how blessed we are to be led by our living prophet Thomas S Monson. He was prayed for, thanked, quoted, honored, and sustained and called beloved.  When he was introduced we were told that it would be our privilege to hear him speak. 

anyway.. I digress. I feel to share something else.

Early Sunday morning while everyone was still asleep, I headed up into the mountains before Conference. For me, this is where I can connect with God.. I am grateful for the connection I have with Him. I am also very grateful for friendships with those who I share this journey with. It is a blessing to me to have friends to teach me.  Here is one thing that I was taught on April 6th.

The Breath of Life:

When the Lord puts His spirit upon you, like the Lord breathing into Adam the breath of life, it doesn’t mean that he is making Adam's lungs work. It has nothing to do with that. It means that He is putting part of His essence into Adam. This essence of God enabled Adam to be able to progress, identify and connect with God.

In ancient times Hawaiians greeted each other by the “honi”.  The "honi" is when two people greet each other by pressing noses  and foreheads together and inhaling at the same time, essentially sharing each other's breaths. This is very symbolic since it represents the exchange of “ha”--the breath of life, and “mana” - spiritual power between two people.

When the foreigners ( or white man) came to the island of Hawaii, they were referred to as “Haoles”. This is because the white man wanted to greet the Hawaiians with a hand shake instead of with the sacred “honi”. The term "Haole" is derived from "ha-ole", literally meaning "no breath". The Hawaiians called the foreigners Haoles because the foreigners backed away and were uncomfortable with the "honi" greeting, and so the foreigners were described as "breathless." The implication is not only that foreigners are aloof and ignorant of local ways, but also literally have no spirit or life within.



The word  "Aloha" is also connected to the word "ha". Aloha is a very serious word and if you don't mean it, don't say it. You see, "alo" is of deity. It's like a forward call to deity. "ha" is the breath of life.  The direct translation is 'may you have ever-lasting breath.' The word has real deep meaning for the Hawaiians. It is common for the Hawaiians to say aloha and then greet each other with the honi so they could connect as they breathe in each other's breaths.

What I also find fascinating is that the translation of the word “Hawaii” is "ha-vai-`i...meaning “ha” - the breath of life and “vai” - the water of life... –“`i” -of the creator.

I love Hawaii. I love the people of Hawaii, and I am grateful to be taught by my Polynesian brothers.

 In further study since my experience on Sunday morning. I learned the following.

Yahweh is written in Hebrew letter as YHWH. or יהוה. The most prominent letter is H. To make the sound of the “H” you have a give a breath.  The sound/letter of H in Hebrew means wind, breath, spirit, or honor.   When you make a covenant with someone you share their name. So when the Lord said to Abram. I am going to make a covenant with you. The Lord takes that letter H from His name and puts it into his name Abram and and it becomes Abraham… Sara become Sarah. We can even see in the name Matt can become Matthew.

Visually the letter H in cursive even looks like wind, or breath.

 


 

Just a thought.. an ember can ignite again with a gently blow of  breathe. And the only way a fire can remain burning strong is to have the "breath or wind" constantly "blowing" upon it. If there is no air/wind, the ember will not ignite and it will eventually go out.



 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

250: BRINGING DOWN MORE LIGHT AND TRUTH

This is the 250th post on this blog. Ever since the Spring Equinox, I have been asked to share things on this blog that will "bring" down more light, instead of primarily "bringing to light" the hidden things of darkness.  Light is what brings life. It is what sustains hope. Darkness destroys life, and perpetrates despair.

If one is filled with enough light and truth they will be unaffected by the evil all around them. We read in the Book of Mormon that prior to the destruction of the people, men like Mormon and Moroni still could abide the wickedness of the world around them. They lived during a time that could be rated as a violent NC-17 movie, yet they remained unaffected.   I believe that it will be essential for us to gather as much light and truth in the days ahead in order  to combat the onslaught of despair and evil that will continue to encircle around us.

I recently read that our bodies have a dural tube inside our spinal column that vibrates within it. The lower the frequency the sicker and weaker the body is. Conversely, the higher the frequency the healthier and more vibrant the body. The cerebral spinal fluid comes out of the Pineal gland and runs down the Dural tube into the lower extremity. Pineal Gland is associated with our ability to receive revelation and inspiration.  Raising our frequency is essential in order for us to receive light and truth and ultimately receive and endure the presence of the Lord.

 With the right frequency, we can abide the day.




Today is the national "Find a Rainbow Day", so what better day than to post about light.  Rainbows are created from light, and are basically colored light. They are created when the light is refracted by moving from one medium (air) to another (water).

 Rainbows have always had symbolic significance, serving as a sign of peace, beauty, hope, happiness, love and fortune.. but most importantly the rainbow signifies a covenant between God and man.  Covenants are never meant to be broken, neither is the token of that covenant. Covenants are eternal, like a never ending circle. What's interesting is that we tend to think that rainbows are only a semicircle/arch... but actually if the earth didn't get in the way, the rainbow would be a complete circle.

Rainbows are made up of primarily seven distinct colors. I wanted to share a little bit about the a few colors and the associated symbol.  A few days ago I visually could see the Star of David associated with color.  The primary colors (red, yellow and blue) created the triangle the pointed down from heaven. The secondary colors (orange, purple and green) made up the triangle the pointed back up heavenward. The two triangles combined forming the Star of David and a Color Wheel. Below is a my feeble attempt to illustrate this.  Each color has important symbol associated to it.



A symbolic chart that I visualized with the Star of David and the two inverted triangles .




For example. The color Red. The Hebrew word, Adam (אדם) literally means "red". Adam means to show blood in the face, rosy, or ruddy. He was the first man.  Dam is the "red" blood,  adamah is the "red" ground, edom is the color "red" and adam is the "red" man. So Red has significant meaning of Blood, Adam, Red Earth/Clay. It basically represents the Natural Man.

The color blue is symbolic for the Priesthood, and God's Presence. It is the color of the Sky that is over all. The color blue was used on priestly robes or prayer shawls as a sign of the priesthood. The ribbon tassel that the woman touched to be healed was said to be blue. Thus the color is also associated with healing.

If you mix the color Red (Adam, Man) with the color Blue (God's Presence, Priesthood, Healing) you get the color Purple. The Color Purple is a color of royalty, and the color of kingship. It is symbolic of God's Power, and the Royal Priesthood.

The Color Yellow is symbolic of Gold and the Refiner's Fire. It corresponds to trials. So if you mix the color Yellow ( trials, refiner's fire) with the color Blue (healing, Priesthood, God's presence) you get the color Green. The color Green is symbolic of new life, resurrection, growth. Also the color yellow is symbol of the sun. The color blue is associated with water. You mix sunlight with water you get growth and new life in plants.

The color Orange is associate with Brass and Judgment. You get the color Orange by mixing the color Red (natural man) with color Yellow (trials). So our judgment usually comes from how we as natural men respond to our trials we face.  Here is a quick chart to better visualize this:

 
the mixing of primary colors to get the symbolic secondary colors


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The primary color and the secondary colors only make up 6 of the 7 colors found in the rainbow. There is a seventh color which has the shortest wavelength and the highest frequency. It is the color Violet. You get violet by mixing white and red. What is interesting is the white and red are the colors of the Atonement. Symbolically by applying the Atonement to the already highest frequency of the color purple (indigo) you get the color violet. The highest vibrating color.







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The number seven (the seven colors) is symbolic of completion. We talk about the Jacobs ladder to have seven rungs. Joseph Smith stated that " When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the gospel--you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave." HC 6:306-307
 
In the Words of Joseph Smith he said, " I would make you think I was climbing a ladder when I was climbing a rainbow.--who ever revealed it."
 
 
 
 
Sidenote: It is interesting to note that the same-sex marriage movement has usurped the symbol of the rainbow. However if you notice, they only use the six colors and not seven. The seventh color being created by the adding the Atonement colors of red and white to get that higher frequency color of violet.