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  1. Do you remember an Allen Hansen, the 2nd counsellor?
  2. Wow, what are you doing there? Have you been to our new branch building yet?
  3. The Hebrew alphabet doesn't have vowels. Instead there is a system of vowel points.
  4. Just outside of Tiberias, which is on the Sea of Galilee. BTW that sign isn't joking. You will get things thrown at you if you walk through those neighbourhoods in what they term immodest dress.
  5. The core of our faith is NOT a lack of drinking, swearing and premarital sex, it is a conviction of the divinity of Jesus the Christ, his atonement and the restoration of his church through a prophet he has called and chosen. If you don't believe that, don't convert. If you have good values you'll find someone. If she is less-active in the church or isn't bothered about marrying a non-member, then I see no reason to convert. If church is important to her then you will make the pair of you and any children miserable. In order to be baptised you have to answer truthfully a set of questions. Here are a few. Tell me if you feel ok with answering them untruthfully. 1) Do you believe that God is our Eternal Father? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Saviour and Redeemer of the world? 2) Do you believe the church and gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith? Do you believe that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God? What does this mean to you. 3)What does it mean to you to repent? Do you feel that you have repented of your past transgressions? 4)When you are baptised, you covenant with God that you are willing to take upon yourself the name of Christ and keep His commandments throughout your life. Are you ready to make this covenant and strive to be faithful to it? A temple marriage is a VERY serious affair. You covenant with God, that is make a solemn promise to Him. Don't enter into that lightly, because, quite frankly, God does not like being mocked. You will be miserable in this world and under condemnation from God in the next. If this sounds scary, that is because it is. You won't recieve a temple recommend until a year from your baptism, during which you have to be active in church. Do not join the church unless you are serious about it, that would be my advice. BTW I live in a part of the world with less than 100 members and few are local. My branch averages about 8-10 people, so you don't have to live with a large concentration of Mormons.
  6. I'm from Israel and the simple explanation is because it helps you focus by blocking everything out.
  7. Has anyone realised that the theory is fatally flawed from the outset? That Abraham facsimile (the hypocephalus) is geocentric. The author is trying to read it like a modern star chart. We don't know how Abraham studied the stars, how to interpret his chart, to what scale it is and even if it is an accurate copy or not. I admit that I don't know astronomy or astrophysics. The author doesn't. There are other problems, I mean logical fallacies, such as stating that man can't count all of God's creations yet in the same breath stating that there are about 150 billion! Frankly, the BoA is useless when it comes to locating God's throne and kolob. It is as much use as saying in a galaxy far, far away. The key, I feel, is as much in Joseph Smith's idiosyncratic Hebrew as it is in the name of the star. Joseph Smith was a very keen Hebrew student, but not a great Hebraist. Nauvoo is a case in point. It really ought to be Naava, the feminine singular adjective, not the plural, but I digress. Joseph Smith learnt his Hebrew from professor Joshua Seixas, an Ashkenazi Jew. The language of the Ashkenazi Jews was Yiddish, a dialect of medieval Saxon German. One of the peculiarities of Ashekanazi Jews is their inability to roll their 'r's. I myself suffer from that, stupid genes. Their pronunciation affected their reading of Hebrew. Anyway, there are two basic ways in which they pronounce that sound. One sounds like a French or Berlin 'r', the other, like an 'l', which brings me to my point (dramatic drum roll)- the meaning of Kolob. In Hebrew, the adjective for near is karov (K-R-B). Using an Ashkenazic Hebrew pronunciation, the result is KOLOB. In Abraham 3:3 we read. "The name of the great one is Kolob, because it is NEAR unto me." Emphasis mine. It really is interesting to read Joseph Smith's transliterated Hebrew, a mix of Ashkenazic and Eastern Seaboard accents practically leap off of the page at you. Kokaubeem, for example.
  8. I'm a native Israeli. I would like to point some things out. The ancients did spell out the name of God in the scriptures. When it came to other writings they prefered not to, and would use titles (lord for exmple), initials, acronyms or substitute some letters. This was done out of respect, so as not to profane the name. The hyphen is only used in latin and cyrillic scripts.