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Thank you. I very much enjoyed the read. My wife’s gr. grandfather arrived in SLC with the Martin handcart company. He was 10. So your quote of the little joke was appreciated. My family history includes cousins murdered by the Nazi, so I can empathize with persecuted peoples from whatever background.
While I agree wholeheartedly about your discourse and presentation and inspiring words recognizing the faith of individuals in all religions, I would comment somewhat concerning doctrines of the Quran in regards to Gabriel. It is believed by the Muslim faith that Gabriel whom we know as Noah appeared to Muhammad and instructed him concerning doctrine which came to be the writings of the Quran. However a major difference or perspective is that in the Quran, Jesus is seen as prophet of God and not the Son of God by assuming that Gabriel conveyed that as Doctrine. From an LDS perspective as truth conveyed by Heavenly Father to the covenant people, Jesus Christ His Son was indeed the literal Son of God, as witnessed at His Baptism. If Gabriel appeared to Mary and Elizabeth announcing the birth of the forerunner of Messiah, John the Baptist and heralding the birth of Jesus Christ as Son of God, then this is in total contradiction of the Gabriel of Muhammad, who is saying to Muhammad that Jesus is not the Son of God. Therefore we are left to conclude that Muhammad was not of the covenant and the Gabriel whom supposedly conversed with him is not the same Gabriel that appeared to Elizabeth and Mary, for there can only be one truth. While many Muslims have a faith in (God) Allah in whom we call Elohim, they like the Jews of old have rejected Jesus Christ as the Son of God, sustaining a tradition without substance or merit where truth exposes the facts. While it is noble to recognize and worship God, a realization will be confronting at some stage when they will have to bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God and that their past traditions and doctrines have become of no effect.
This is a moving, masterful discourse, full of the very essence of faith. I am honored to have made your acquaintance. Jan