There are 3 thoughts on ““Believe All the Words”: A Key to Spiritual Outpouring”.

  1. Sorry, I cannot stop thinking about this.
    I notice that the reverse of this pattern is also present in the Book of Mormon. For example, in Ammonihah they testify to their unbelief three times (Alma 9) in verses 2, 4, and 6, specifying that they do not believe Alma, that they do not believe in his prophesy, and they do not believe in God. Alma proceeds to disclose a divine message – including a mystery – which – because they have testified to their unbelief – ends in their complete destruction. Joseph Smith sure was a clever kid.

  2. It turns out that before Latter-day Saints go to the House of the Lord – a place of great spiritual blessings, teaching, and revelation – there are two interviews. A portion of each is devoted to a formal declaration of belief to an authorized messenger. Probably a coincidence.

  3. I was pleased to see Mark Campbell’s essay posted today. Why? It is a pleasure to find that someone has noticed something that, with my former student, Gary Novak, we just stumbled onto while glancing at the most recent periodical literature to arrive at the Brigham Young University Library. We just happened to notice an item written by David Singer in Commentary, which is the leading American Jewish opinion publication. Singer’s essay was entitled “Testimony,” and that drew our attention. Singer claimed that only in only Jewish people had made history something that was a crucial key to their very existence, and hence for whom remembering the past was the key to their survival as a people. We were then led, I believe providentially, to the Jewish insistence on remembrance, understood as Mark Campbell has correctly explained near the beginning of his excellent essay.

    Gary Novak and I immediately discovered that this insistence on what are the Ways of Remembrance are much more stressed in the Book of Mormon than in the Old Testament. I have described all this in detail in my recent review of David F. Holland’s excellent book on Moroni, which is the last, and I believe the very best of the twelve “brief introductions” to books (or portions) of the Book of Mormon that were recently published by the Maxwell Institute in an effort to do at least some of what Elder Jeffrey R. Holland had begged, ordered and demanded that they should do with with the funds gifted to and also provided by those who pay tithing to the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

    I have described in some detail how Gary Novak and I discovered, I believe by divine providence, the Ways of Remembrance in the Book of Mormon. Since that discovery now four decade ago, I have, I must stress, taken very seriously the prayers read over the what we call the sacrament, with their promise of what doing what we agree to do when we genuinely renew our sacred covenants with God.

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