Thursday, December 17, 2020

The COVID vaccine — a modern-day seagull miracle?

Received this in our ward newsletter today:

"After hearing so many medical experts marvel at how rapidly the COVID vaccine was developed and how effective the testing has been, I have commented several times that this was all obviously an outcome of Pres. Nelson’s April 2020 call for prayer and fasting for the Lord to help us overcome the pandemic.

The writer of this letter goes a step further in likening the miracle of the seagulls saving the early Pioneers in Utah with the vaccine saving the lives of so many in our time."



As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I think one of the most beloved stories we tell is the miracle of the seagulls. The beleaguered Saints arrived to Utah in July of 1847. The lateness of the season and the parched earth of the Utah desert made for a scant harvest in the fall of 1847. The winter of 1848 was brutal. Food and hope were both scarce commodities. The potential crop of 1848 was the only thing keeping the Saints alive, physically, mentally and emotionally.

When an infestation of crickets threatened the crops, it must have felt to many like God had abandoned them. After much prayer, thousands of seagulls from the Great Salt Lake descended on the crickets, and for two weeks the seagulls ate the crickets consistently. The crops survived, saving the Saints. Many said it was a miraculous answer to their prayers.

I believe in miracles. I believe as we turn our hearts to God and unite our faith we see His hand. It’s not so much that we can change His will or awaken Him from a slumber and now draw His attention to His desperate children. More so I believe miracles are when we tune our hearts to seeing that which God was eager to do for us from the beginning.

In April 2020, President Russell M. Nelson, current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asked not only members of his faith, but also the world, to join in fasting for a cure for COVID-19. I think today we are seeing the beginning of another seagull-like miracle. I see how quickly this vaccine has been developed, approved and ready to be distributed as a miracle, a direct consequence of those who united their faith. Like the seagulls, this vaccine brings with it hope. This is the miracle we have been praying for. This is the seagulls of our time.

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I don't even know what to say after reading  something like that. I see things so much differently. Maybe the miracle might be the pandemic itself, which I view was a call for us to repent.  And as for the "modern-day seagull miracle.. maybe the miracle was the crickets themselves which the pioneers could have eaten for amazing protein, like the Indians in the area did. This story that was published in today's Deseret News is a highly exaggerated claim, not only about the perpetuating the Seagull myth but this claim about the President Nelson and the vaccine. 


Sidenote: 

The seagull-cricket miracle has been exaggerated through the years. First, ornithologists don’t regard the arrival of seagulls as particularly unusual because the seagulls around the Great Salt Lake often eat insects in the adjacent valleys. Also, some historians don’t believe that the gulls were as widespread or as effective against the insects as is often supposed. Many pioneer journals recount the frosts and the insects, but no seagulls.

Chapter 8 of “New Mormon History” is titled: “Mormons, Crickets, and Gulls: a New Look at an Old Story” by William G. Hartley.

In this heavily referenced essay, Hartley (a BYU professor of history and church history) makes the following points:

1) The gulls were not strangers to the valley. They are natural enemies to various insects including crickets.

2) Gulls habitually regurgitate the indigestible parts of insects they have swallowed.

3) Gulls did not arrive until after severe cricket damage had already occurred in 1848.

4) In 1848, Mormon crops were seriously damaged by three enemies–frost, crickets, and drought. The Gulls dealt with only one problem and too late at that.

5) The “miraculousness” of the event was not clearly recognized by contemporaries (including newspapers, diaries, and official church correspondence).

6) Since 1848, gulls frequently have been on the wing to feast on crickets and other insects, making the 1848 encounter hardly unique.

7) Like other popular accounts of important and unusual historical events, over the years the details of the 1848 crickets and gulls have been oversimplified, improved upon, and been given somewhat legendary characteristics.


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and before anyone rushes out to get the "miracle" vaccine, please educate yourself.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-12-09-fda-reveals-serious-health-conditions-from-covid-19-vaccinations.html

FDA reveals long list of serious health conditions that may result from covid-19 vaccinations, including death


Behind closed doors, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discussed a long list of serious health problems that will be caused by new covid-19 injections. These “adverse events” are not publicized because vaccine companies and their media cohorts need everyone to believe that the vaccines are “safe and effective.”

FDA reports 22 serious health issues caused by covid-19 vaccination

These health issues include transverse myelitis, a serious nervous system disorder. The vaccine can cause the immune system to attack its own cells, interrupting the messages that the spinal cord nerves send throughout the body. This issue is similar to paralytic polio infections and can cause pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, sensory problems, or bladder and bowel dysfunction. The condition requires extensive rehabilitation and some people are left with major disabilities. This list includes other autoimmune diseases that may arise, along with arthritis and joint pain. One of the most troubling autoimmune diseases that could occur is acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, a condition marked by sudden, widespread inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

The FDA also warns of potential for negative pregnancy and birth outcomes. The vaccine is designed to attack coronavirus spike proteins transcribed by the vaccine’s messenger RNA, but these spike proteins contain syncytin-1, a protein created by endogenous retroviruses for placenta development in humans. After covid-19 vaccination, an individual’s immune cells will be trained to attack syncytin-1, leading to potential miscarriages, birth defects and infertility.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I so appreciate you bringing in the rest of the story, and in fact most current journal records of that time about the locust swarm do not even mention the Seagulls! So they were not as prevelent as legend has them!

There were other notable swarms of devastating locust; case in point the Albert's swarm of 1874-1875 time frame, that was larger than several states combined. That is researchable on the internet. My two times great grandparents survived the devastations in NW Kansas. Many after the Civil War went west, and when this pestilence hit, it so wiped out all resources that Washington DC sent relief trains to the people. Many gave up and went back east. My g-g-grandparents stayed. So historically, the locust plague in Utah was not unique. Interestingly enough, the species became extinct, with the last known samples found only 30 years after the devastation in 1902.

Harry said...

https://www.bitchute.com/video/H9GyqoPMvfRa/

Harry said...

https://www.bitchute.com/video/H9GyqoPMvfRa/

Anonymous said...

The timeline doesn't work. Scientists at the NIH began developing the first vaccine candidate on January 11th just after the genetic code was posted online. April prayers working in reverse?

LJn said...


> but these spike proteins contain syncytin-1, a protein created by endogenous retroviruses for placenta development in humans. After covid-19 vaccination, an individual’s immune cells will be trained to attack syncytin-1, leading to potential miscarriages, birth defects and infertility.

So, essentially, it's a shot to make women infertile? Decreasing the surplus population?

Toni

Anonymous said...

This is such a mixed message for me. Possibly not accepting the vaccine will become more of a threaten of extinction by hand of man and this action is intended to subvert more crisis. It’s horribly confusing. I don’t see how this mRNA wonder vaccine transmitted by and through mixed metal nanotechnology that doesn’t disperse from your bloodstream EVER could be a safe tool. If we are forced to become partial AI through this, I sure hope God intends to come quick. I can’t see improvements in life even within an inch of my face right now.

Anonymous said...

> before anyone rushes out to get the "miracle" vaccine, please educate yourself.
>
> https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-12-09-fda-reveals-serious-health-conditions-from-covid-19-vaccinations.html

Why do you find this credible? (Have you actually looked at the kinds of stories that appear on naturalnews.com?) The medical nonsense you post it not worthy of the interesting religious stuff you post.

> FDA reveals long list of serious health conditions that may result from covid-19
> vaccinations, including death
>
> Behind closed doors, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discussed a long list
> of serious health problems that will be caused by new covid-19 injections. These “adverse
> events” are not publicized because vaccine companies and their media cohorts need
> everyone to believe that the vaccines are “safe and effective.” [blah, blah about
> transverse myelitis, etc.]

When someone conducts a clinical trial they note all "adverse events" in the group that got the vaccine or medication or whatever, and they also note all the "adverse events" in the group that DIDN'T get the active ingredient (i.e., the placebo group). So an adverse event isn't (necessarily) something CAUSED by the vaccine or medication. For example, if I give 100 people a new drug and 3 of them get a headache the next day the headache would be listed as an adverse event. That doesn't mean the drug caused the headache. If I gave 100 people a placebo and 3 of them also got a headache, that would also be listed as an adverse event. You would then look at the incidence of headache for each group and conclude the drug doesn't cause headaches. On the other hand, if 65 people in the drug group got headaches and 3 people in the placebo group got headaches you would probably conclude the drug does cause headaches. Conclusions would be based on the sample size of each group, the incidence and prevalence of each adverse event, and other factors that statisticians would calculate.

In the case of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is what this article is referring to, they had adverse event data from 12,174 people who got the vaccine, and another 11,879 people who got the placebo. Were there any serious adverse events in the vaccine group? Yes, 84 of them. Were there any serious adverse events in the placebo group? Yes, 91 of them. So the conclusion was that there were no serious TREATMENT-ASSOCIATED adverse events. In terms of transverse myelitis, yes two people in the treatment group got it--one of whom had pre-existing multiple sclerosis that is thought to have caused it, and the other case was unexplained. But there was ALSO an unexplained case of transverse myelitis in the placebo group. (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32623-4/fulltext) This article you quote is full of ignorance and fear-mongering that will dissuade people from getting a vaccine that could reduce a lot of unnecessary ill effects.

Matt E.