Thursday, September 29, 2005
Day 20 "Jacob, the 3rd Witness" 1st Nephi 22-2nd Nephi: 2 pgs50-60
I just love those witnesses of Christ. God provides us with soooo many witness of his Son, Jesus Christ.
I also liked this statement from Lehi to Jacob. 2nd Nephi 2:  Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.***
I hope God is doing that for me, "consecrating my afflictions for my gain." Today during the morning commute my daughter and I were listening to a tape of Motown classics and as "Only the Strong Survive" I reached over and took her hand and said with a laugh, "They're playing our song." She agreed. The Lord is certainly busy applying the refiner's fire in my life.
Lehi's overview of the spiritual history of the America seems to ring loud and true in the wake of recent developments of the past few years.
2nd Nephi 1:10-12…behold, I say, if the day shall come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them.
 Yea, he will bring other nations unto them, and he will give unto them power, and he will take away from them the lands of their possessions, and he will cause them to be scattered and smitten.
 Yea, as one generation passeth to another there shall be bloodsheds, and great visitations among them; wherefore, my sons, I would that ye would remember; yea, I would that ye would hearken unto my words.
I am only 50 years old yet in my short lifetime America has been involved in the Korean Conflict, the "Cold War", Vietnam, the Gulf War, the current occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, 9/11 and now Hurricane Katrina. It was been a lifetime of wars, rumors of wars, threats of war, terrorism and earthquakes and other natural disasters of vast proportions. Maybe that is why President Hinckley is challenging us to read the Book of Mormon.
Day 19: "Waters of Judah: Waters of Baptism?" 1st Nephi 18-21 pgs 41-50
There was one expression in my reading that puzzled me. In 1st Nephi 20:  Hearken and hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, or out of the waters of baptism, who swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, yet they swear not in truth nor in righteousness.
I want to know why the "waters of Judah" are the "waters of baptism" I read the TG and only Isaiah uses this expression. Does anyone have an answer?