Tuesday, January 27, 2015

303: AMEN

Today is January 27th, 2015.

Below is a compilation of 46 photographs taken over the past couple of years on my early morning hikes in the mountains. Most people don't find enjoyment in waking up at 4:00 AM in the morning.  (especially in the winter when you need to strapping on snow shoes in freezing weather and hiking up into the mountains.) For those who seldom see the beauty of the sunrise from on top of a mountain, here are some photos.

We read in the scriptures that "For of him unto whom much is given much is required."  We sing the hymn, "Because I have been given much, I too much give." For this reason, I wanted to post the video today.


There are three different pronunciations of the word AMEN. The most common way of pronouncing the word is "ay-men". The "A" is pronounce like you would say the Letter A. The word means to believe, to have faith, to trust, or to stand firm on what we have heard or seen. At the heart of the meaning is the idea of certainty, firmness, dependability, and trustworthiness.

The word "Amen" has been transliterated into most languages and has been called the best-known word in human speech, so that when we say “Amen” it confirms our belief in and affirmation of another’s person’s statement. In other words, we are acknowledging that "it is so."

But if you pronounce Amen as "ah-men" or Ahman it takes on a whole new meaning.

Ezekiel writes after the destruction of the Temple by King Josiah:

“And the light that came forth from the Child was shining so brightly that none could look upon him. In that hour that He was born, there was a voice of many beings proclaiming in unison, Ahman! Ahman! Ahman! And the light which was born was multiplied and it obscured the light of the sun itself by its shining rays. The cave was filled with bright light and with the most sweet smell. The Child was born just as dew descends from heaven to earth and His perfume was fragrant beyond all the smell of ointments. The Child's body was shining like the dew of the Most High God.”

 It is important to note that the word “Ahman” was repeated three times.… Not the word "Amen." The voice of many beings proclaimed in unison the name of the Father, Ahman.