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  1. CV75

    Asking for trials?

    Never a good idea in my opinion. Better to work on recognizing His hand and fully enjoying the blessings, comfort, strengthening, etc. while we have them since trials will surely follow in their due time and these skills will prove most helpful.
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    Preserving the Nephite language

    We can assume the records might not have been the only books they has with them. But that takes nothing away from the unique role the plates of brass play in preserving the language of their fathers. Note that "language" also refers to the style or manner of expression and expressing thoughts, in this case, sacred, spiritual or priestly language that carries meaning to the appropriately inspired or trained reader. The contents had the language of a holy nation.
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    Doctrine and Covenants 7: 5 - 6

    The reference would be D&C 138:10. The phrase in D&C 76: 73 needs to be read with verses 74-75. 73 And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh; 74 Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it. 75 These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men. Everyone captive in spirit prison may be freed and enter the highest kingdoms. Those in the terrestrial receive the testimony of Jesus eventually, but may still hold to some preferences (whether to live without law or with the blindness implanted by craftiness) into the next life. That is up them; freedom, law and vision will not be forced upon them.
  4. That is certainly an interesting wrinkle!
  5. None. Repentance and baptism are always required, but the ministering and ordinances thereof are not always administered by the Priesthood of Aaron. The Melchizedek Priest has these same keys, and only by delegation, when instituted, may the Aaronic priesthood exercise them. Anticipating a follow-up question, the gospel of repentance is the invitation to baptism, as John the Baptist did (and as reflected in modern times by the protocols of D&C 68:15-2).
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    What is a burning in the bosom?

    Yes, it was at first a personal revelation from Joseph to Oliver. Once it was included in the canon, some may have focused on this as "the" key means, even though many other revelations and scriptures refer to many other means by which the Spirit communicates with our spirits which are connected with element / the flesh. There is no way for an embodied spirit to receive the Spirit except in concert with his body -- even if only a spark of a neuron in the brain -- otherwise, he would be dead!
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    What is a burning in the bosom?

    This instruction was given to Oliver Cowdery, and that is how he personally "felt the Spirit." I think the general message, and why it is canonized, is that God knows each of us personally and how we individually "feel the Spirit." I must be like Oliver in that when I prayed to know the Church and Book of Mormon are true, I received a distinct burning in the bosom, and I knew it was God speaking to me. To make a long story short, I was not taught by missionaries or anyone else (all I was going by were the Testimony of Joseph Smith pamphlet and Book of Mormon, which I read independently of any Church member contact) and so had no idea how prayers like this were answered. It wasn't even a technically correct prayer. At any rate, a couple of years later, having gotten my hands on a D&C, I found this verse which confirmed what I already knew was an answer from God. Our thoughts and feelings have a physical / temporal basis, a brain housed in a body with all that entails and we know about from many branches of science. The burning in the bosom is a physical and emotional reaction to or manifestation of a spiritual experience. I think "burning" can also have a figurative meaning, such as a confirming thought being "burned" into our mind.
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    Conclusions from D&C 132: 16 - 17?

    In this context, it seems to me "angels" means a resurrected person, and all of any kingdom beneath "a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory." will be appointed as ministering servants in some capacity.
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    Laman and Lemuel rebellion

    2 Nephi 4 gets into the ongoing and increasing tension between the elder and younger brothers. The bone of contention seems to be focused on Lehi's "first blessing" (the the right of succession and to receive a "double portion" of inheritance belonging to the firstborn child) falling from Laban to Nephi should they refuse to heed his prophetic word (see 2 Nephi1:28-29). We know that Laban and Lemuel had difficulty with that all along. The moment of rebellion took full measure in 2 Nephi 5: 1-5, once they sought Nephi's life and the Lord warned in a dream to flee).
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    Themes for 2021

    None specifically for this calendar year, but I am certainly benefiting greatly from this year's Come Follow me study course, which has resulting in various impressions, promptings, assurances, guidance and instructions from the Lord, and it only 02/04/2021!
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    Doctrine and Covenants 7: 5 - 6

    I think it is a greater work than what he, John, has done before in the Lord's service, and not a greater work in the eyes of the Lord regarding His own ministry on both sides of the veil.
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    The Gospel

    Of course the Good News is that Jesus Christ overcame sin and death in our behalf. As Joseph Smith said, "The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it. But in connection with these, we believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost, the power of faith, the enjoyment of the spiritual gifts according to the will of God, the restoration of the house of Israel, and the final triumph of truth.”
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    The Lord commands Lehi and Nephi

    Q1: See 1 Nephi 3: 15-16. Lehi led his family out of Jerusalem as commanded. Lehi was subsequently commanded to obtain the plates, and relayed this to his sons, just as he had relayed the commandment to leave Jerusalem. Lehi had been receiving these commandments as the legitimate leader, patriarch and prophet for his family. Q2: See 1 Nephi 3:1-5. He was commanded to go to Laban's home, seek the plates, obtain them and bring them along the journey in the wilderness (see verse 4).
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    3 Nephi 9 Repetition

    Yes, I realized that after I posted: Block of Verses 1-2 ("face of this land", "iniquity/wickedness/abominations") -- general Block of Verses 3-10 (destructions by locale, referencing "my face" and "sins/wickedness/iniquity/abominations") -- more specific Block of Verses 11-12 ("my face", "this land", "iniquity/wickedness/abominations") -- general, ties back to Block of Verses 1-2. It is interesting He uses "face" to refer to Himself and the land, and ties them together in this fashion. Then verses1-2 exhorts repentance and the last verse, 22, also.
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    3 Nephi 9 Repetition

    As a whole, these verses are part of a slightly larger chiasmus The rhetorical device serves as a mnemonic device for oral traditions, which includes focusing attention on the central idea, and in written traditions.