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Book of Mormon – Where We Are and What is Coming

On Monday, February 10th 2020, a fireside was held in Fountain Green. Presentations were given by Rod Meldrum of Book of Mormon Evidence and myself.  Rod’s address was entitled “The Book of Mormon Current as the Daily News”. My focus was: “The Book of Mormon tells US Who and Where We are, and What is Coming”.  Here, US means the United States of America as well as “us.”

The Incredible Value of the Book of Mormon

Rod Meldrum and I shared “The Incredible value of the Book of Mormon that tells US where we are and what is coming.”  Again, US stands for United States. The main writers of the Book of Mormon are Nephi, Jacob, Mormon, and Moroni.  They saw our day. What was compiled and written by them is what will best help us prepare for the Lord’s coming – bringing about the fulfillment of the covenants of the Father and gathering Father’s children into the Fold of God that they may partake of a fullness of joy and eternal life.

Fulfilling of Mormon Scripture

Rod shared some amazing insights on how many Book of Mormon scriptures are being fulfilled before our vary eyes. While the media is biased, the scriptures are both clear and accurate. I highly recommend you get Rod’s DVD, which happens to also be the  title of his lecture, “The Book of Mormon Current as the Daily News”. It can be purchased from the bookstore on his site: Book of Mormon Evidence Bookstore.   Note: I have purchased some copies of this particular DVD in bulk and you are welcome to get them from me for $5.00, if it is convenient for you.

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The Date of the First Vision

The date of the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith withheld ’til Now! 

How many of us heed the Lord’s profound admonition, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matt. 7:7-8)

Ask, Seek, Knock

At age 14 Joseph did ask, seek and knock, and what happened changed the world!  His soul hungered to know the truth and which church was right.  In his asking, seeking, and knocking, James 1:5 touched his heart to the core as he read, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Where he went to inquire of the Lord, we now call it the “Sacred Grove.  He shares, “It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty.” (JS-H 14)

The First Vision

That spring day, unfolded the most important event since the infinite atonement of our Lord and Savior, as Joseph was visited by Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  There he came to know the true nature of God; to know the Father and the Son is eternal life. (John 17:3)

Heavenly Father called Joseph by name, and said, “This is my Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (JS-H 17)  He was told they had a work for him to do.  This was the beginning of opening the of Dispensation of the Fullness of Times prophesied by the Apostle Paul. (Eph. 1:10) Because of all the false traditions that had crept into Christianity over the centuries there was a need for a restoration of the fullness of the gospel, “restitution of all things,” before the Second Coming of our Lord, as prophesied by the Apostle Peter. (Acts 3:19-2)
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Hebrew Midrash and The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is a Hebrew book written in the “Manner of the Jews”.  It is  often difficult for those who are not familiar with the Jewish culture, traditions and mannerisms to understand or appreciate the  complexities and subtleties of this amazing witness of Christ.  We will see that the Hebrew Midrash is an extremely important methodology going back thousands of years for the Hebrew culture.  Understanding the Tree of Life is one of the great benefits.

Torah and Talmud

The Manner of the Jews – Let’s begin here:

What is the difference between the Torah and Talmud?  Torah:  It is the Hebrew Bible which includes the first Five Books of Moses.  Talmud: The Rabbis, wanting to amplify and better understand the Torah wrote  the Talmud. It is collection of the writings of the wisdom of the rabbis over many millennia discussing or debating what the Torah means, which covers Jewish law and traditions.
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GPS Moving Forward To Zion

My experience with GPS is a fascinating one.  I spent many man-years helping in the development of GPS https://itsabouttimebook.com/my-involvement-with-gps-development/ – working with Brad Parkinson, who I consider to be the father of GPS.   He was both a colonel in the Air Force, but also got his Ph.D. at Stanford University graduating in 1966, with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Colonel Parkinson and  his Air Force blue suiters came to our seminars in Boulder, CO, to learn how to best use atomic clocks.  Atomic clocks are the heart of GPS.  The signals from the satellite constellation  need to be synchronized to about a billionth of a second (a nanosecond) for GPS to meet its navigation goals.  In 2018 Brad received the IEEE Medal of Honor Award for his leadership in developing GPS.  I congratulated him at the time and offered him a copy of my book.  He said he already had a copy.

When I published by book www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com in 2014, part of it was a special letter to the GPS Headquarters folks suggesting four things that could help improve the system.  Ironically, I heard nothing back from them until last week (six years later).

IEEE Nomination

This recent interaction with them occurred because of a series of events in which the IEEE’s previous president, John Vig, recently nominated me to be an IEEE Fellow, and I needed five people to be part of the nomination process.  I asked Brad, and he agreed to do so.  This opened up an e-mail dialog coming back to my letter of six years ago.  They have a GPS Phase III planning meeting coming up and will consider what I have shared.  It will be interesting to see where it goes.

I love how the Lord is in the details of our lives, and He sees the end from the beginning.  Because of His infinite love, He orchestrates events to best help us find our way back to Him and helping us better live our lives and how to serve – never violating our free choice (agency).  He sees us from pre-mortal to where we can go in eternal realms of glory, and lovingly wants the best for us.  I see this GPS interaction event as just another means leading me to better ways to share His glorious gospel message.

The IEEE is the biggest technology institution, and has the largest scientific papers data base.  As our really good friend, BYU Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Chauncey Riddle, taught me, technology has advanced society further along than has science – though most scientists would have you believe otherwise.  GPS, cell phones and the internet are three great examples of technology advancement.  With over 400 thousand members in 120 different countries, and with its 41 different societies the IEEE is the greatest organization on the planet for promoting technology.  I was pleased that Dr. Donley, representing the IEEE/UFFC, came to our home in November 2018 and spent two days recording my ORAL HISTORY, which they put up on their web site, and gave me opportunity to share my testimony.

This Is My Joy

In those six years, I have overcome some major health challenges: quadruple by-pass open heart surgery, three strokes, serious blood clots in my legs and lungs.  But in that time, I have enjoyed miraculous healings and learned some extremely important lessons from the Lord about who I am and how I can best serve His children.  “This is my joy.” (Alma 26:37; 29:9) Indeed, these challenges have been a “trial of my faith,” (Ether 12:6-7) but it is in that process we grow closer to Him.  As we use our time and talents with an eye single to His glory, joy will come to our souls.  The above is case in point for me.  And know that the Lord’s healings in my life have me back on my mountain bike, and I rode to the Post several times last week in the snow!

We live in the most exciting time in history.  GPS will continue to improve its timing, navigation and position accuracy, but know there is a better navigator and that is the Lord. We may not know in detail what the future holds, but we know who holds the future, and to be in step with Him is the greatest opportunity of our existence.  We know a Zion (the pure in heart) society is coming that the Bride may meet the Bridegroom in great rejoicing, and the exciting thing is we can be part of it if we will truly come unto Him.  He will navigate us HOME!

David W Allan

Evolution And Faith

Faith or Evolution BYU Studies are soliciting ABSTRACTS for a special issue on EVOLUTION AND FAITH, which will come out next year. (An abstract is a brief summery of research on a particular subject.)

Since BYU just installed a permanent display of the evolution of humankind in their Bean Museum and because  the theory of evolution is taught at BYU as the primary inception of mankind, a dear friend of mine suggested I submit an abstract for this special issue.  I have great respect for him. He taught for the Church Education System, was in the Stake Presidency with me, was a Mission President, and an executive secretary for a General Authority.  At his suggestion, I have prepared the following abstract.

My Expertise

My expertise is precise timing – having helped with the development of GPS and official atomic time for the USA and the world.  I have witnessed a billion-fold improvement in the accuracy and stability of timekeeping, as the world moved from astronomical time to atomic time starting in 1967 with the redefinition of the “second” in terms of the Cs-133 hyperfine quantum transition.

My ORAL HISTORY has been recorded by the IEEE.1 (The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.) For this Abstract, I have applied my scientific background as a time metrologist to the theory of evolution.

The Theory of Organic Evolution

Every scientist knows a theory or hypothesis cannot be proven true.  Data consistency does not prove it true.  But a theory or hypothesis can be proven false, if reliable falsification data exist.  This falsification standard is very powerful in determining the TRUTH, since it does provide proof of what is not true.  This gauge can be applied to Darwin’s theory of organic evolution.
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What Really Happened on 9/11?

Wake Up America!

As of 25 Dec. 2019, three thousand two hundred and thirty-five architects and engineers, and over 24 thousand at large, have signed a petition “…calling for a new investigation of the World Trade Centers’ destruction.

They have done an outstanding job of writing peer reviewed papers and books documenting their findings.  Their excellent work has been used by a “Lawyers Committee for 9/11,” https://www.lawyerscommitteefor9-11inquiry.org/ to petition NY Attorney General, who is required by law to hold a Grand Jury.

The far reaching and profound evidence provided by the architects and engineers for the Lawyers Committee totally convinced them that controlled demolition brought down the three buildings, and that it was impossible for the three towers to fall from the impact of the airplanes and internal fires. The Grand Jury is secret and is in process now.  We do not know what the Grand Jury will do with the evidence, but we can hope and pray that the jury members have integrity that the justice system in this country can work in a good direction – a critical direction given this most egregious crime ever committed on  the American people on 9/11 eighteen years ago in 2001.
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My Greatest Christmas Gifts

My Greatest Christmas Gift I have given, am giving, and will give is sharing the Fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Greatest Christmas Gift Received

My Greatest Christmas gift received was 60 years ago today (18 December 1959) our first born arrived three weeks early, Shelli Allan Owen.  All our other children are great as well, but Shelli was the only one in time for Christmas.  What a great joy she has been in our lives, and has helped us immensely in raising our other precious children.  In 1977 I was invited to give a lecture about flicker noise or 1/f noise in atomic clocks at an International 1/f Conference in Tokyo, Japan.  We left Shelli in charge of the family for two weeks while we enjoyed this amazing cultural and scientific experience.

When we came back, all seven of our children met us at the Denver Airport.  What great joy filled our souls as we saw their happy faces.  Nathan, our last born, was less than a year old; and he grabbed hold of his mom around the neck and wouldn’t let her go he was so happy to see her!  It was a special experience driving back to Boulder in our little Datsun 500 with nine of us in the car with all our luggage!  Shelli had done a great job in our absence.  She had the children doing work in the morning, and then they would have a special activity in the afternoon.

Regarding my Greatest Gift Given, I learned an incredibly important lesson from the Lord back in 1965, when I was working on my master’s thesis at the University of Colorado.  We had gone to Boulder, after graduating from Brigham Young University with a BS in physics with a goal to get a PhD and come back to BYU and teach and do research.  The Lord had other plans – in His infinite wisdom knowing what would be best for me.
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Joseph Smith – A Prophet For This Time

You can always know where the TRUTH and WISDOM are because there, Satan will be fighting the hardest.   I don’t know of another person in the last few centuries who Satan has fought against more vehemently than the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Satan tried to make Joseph’s life a hell on earth, but failed because Joseph knew the Lord and was tutored directly by Him.

Joseph Smith – Wisest In The Last Dispensation of Time

I just finished reading the book, They Knew the Prophet; Personal Accounts from over 100 People who Knew Joseph Smith by Hyrum & Helen Andrus.  I am convinced from all my research – cap-stoned by reading this book that Joseph Smith is the wisest to live in this last Dispensation of Time.  Because he was tutored directly by God,  everything he touched prospered.    Had Satan not fought against him so  vehemently he could have been the richest man in America (p 139 of the above book), and could have been president of the United States (read the book, The Martyrdom Conspiracy), and would have freed the slaves without one of the bloodiest wars in history (the American Civil War).

Uniqueness of The Book of Mormon in the Lord’s Latter-day Work and proof of Joseph as a prophet

When Joseph gave the world the Book of Mormon, the Lord offered in it the potential to solve all the ills of society.  The Book of Mormon has baffled critics for nearly 200 years, and now it is being accepted because of the over-whelming evidence of its validity and its far-reaching spiritual capacity to bring us to Christ – even more powerful than the Bible.

Now over 90% of the leading American scientists believe the Bible is a myth.   Amazingly, Joseph in Egypt prophesied this would happen, as quoted by Lehi, and he proclaims the Book of Mormon would come forth to re-validate the Bible in our day (2 Nephi 3:11). The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible has been shown to be the most accurate English translation, but still there are many miss-understood statements, and the Book of Mormon gives great clarification, insights, especially into the Lord’s infinite atonement.  Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible (JST), which the Lord commanded him to do, adds greatly to our understanding as well.

James Palmer, who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith well, quotes Joseph saying, “I did translate the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and it is before the world; and all the powers of earth and hell can never rob me of the honor of it.” (p 150 of They Knew the Prophet)  BYU-TV has an excellent documentary on how the Book of Mormon is being accepted by scholars and religious leaders in the world community.  In summary, Joseph has done more to further the work of the Lord than any other person who has ever lived except the Savior Himself. (Doctrine & Covenants 135:3)

Harold Bloom in his book, The American Religion, called Joseph Smith “an authentic religious genius unique in our national history,” with “insight [that] could have come only from a remarkably apt reading of the Bible… So strong was this act of reading that it broke through all the orthodoxies — Protestant, Catholic, Judaic — and found its way back to elements that Smith rightly intuited had been censored out of the stories of the archaic Jewish religion.”  Bloom misses the major point that Joseph Smith was tutored directly by God.  What could be better?  And the fruits of his labors show it.  The Savior said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Mathew 7:20)

In this Mathew scripture, the Savior gives logically what is both a necessary and sufficient condition to know a prophet is from God, and the profound number of Joseph’s prophecies validate him as such.  Consider the not well known prophecy that the saints would on be seven years in Nauvoo, Ill, then the “will go into the Rocky Mountains, right into the midst of the Lamanites [the native American Indians]. (p 62 They Knew the Prophet)  And the Prophet exclaimed, “Oh the beauty of those snow-capped mountains!  The cool refreshing streams that are running down through those mountain gorges!” (p 104, They Knew the Prophet)

Three unique phrases tying to the Adamic Language

The KJV, as the most accurate English translation, has done more good for the world than any other book:  I believe the Lord inspired Joseph to nominally use King James English in his revelations and translations work to give Divine signature to it all.

using the KJV and the scriptures coming forth from the Prophet Joseph Smith, there are 1800 occurrences of the three phrases, “And it came to pass,” “And now it came to pass,” and “And it shall come to pass,” that I have identified in these scriptures that tie back to the Adamic language and correspond to the Lord’s definition of truth (D&C 93:24), as I shared in the previous link and again here:

The phrase, “And now it came to pass” occurs uniquely in the BoM 104 times.  From the gematria the phrases “And it came to pass,” ties to EL and significant past events, and the phrase “And it shall come to pass” ties to Jehovah and important future events.  The distribution of these three phrases in their 1800 occurrences in our standard works is a direct manifestation of divine signature.  Who uses them, how they are used, and where they are used is a direct validation of all the scriptures.

The Works of Robert Kay

Robert Kay, who as a Jew was trained in the language of the Jews, discovered the Book of Mormon when he was 15.  He immediately recognized the Hebraisms in the book.  He studied the book for three years and then joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Later he wrote a three-volume set, Voices from the Dust, which profoundly illustrates these Hebraisms.  I have read these three volumes twice and have gained much in doing so.  The above link is for Volume 1.  Volume 2 and 3 are available on Amazon.com as well.  Rob has an amazing conversion experience and gave me permission to share it.

I recently had a fun visit with Rob.  He used the 1840 version of the Book of Mormon, the last one the Prophet edited before he was martyred, to illustrate the Hebraisms in his three-volume set, Voices from the Dust.   Rob and I discussed how the Hebrew doesn’t have punctuation and that the above three phrases often begin each of his sections, as he ties it to the ancient Hebrew format.  The Hebraisms he shares are so insightful and fascinating and give a different dimension of understanding of this incredible record, the Book of Mormon, that is in the process of bringing the world to Christ.

Critics of the Book of Mormon often say that Joseph plagiarizes the Bible.  The shallowness of their claims are refuted by Rob Kay’s work, the above BYU-TV documentary link, and by the ancient phrases that tie to the Kabbalah and to the Adamic language as I shared above and as explained in more detail in this link.

Hebrew Midrash Magnification

I find it interesting that of the 425 verses of Isaiah scriptures in the Book of Mormon, more than half of them are different, and in some cases those differences are far reaching.  The further astounding dimension of the inclusion of these scriptures is that the prophet or the Savior, who is citing these scriptures is doing it for our benefit and expanding the meaning of them by using the ancient Hebrew Midrash magnification technique, so that their great importance for our day can be appreciated.  For me commonality between religious writers only validates that they are all listening to the same Spirit.

Accomplishments of the Prophet Joseph Smith

The accomplishments of the Prophet Joseph in his short 38 ½ years seem humanly impossible.  Indeed, they would be except that the Lord was with him.  The Lord showed Joseph much more than he was able to share, but even so I expect that Joseph did not comprehend at the time the enormity of what he was bringing forth to the world.  As an example, I have found a hidden book of scriptures in our scriptures in the phrase, “And it shall come to pass,” waiting for someone under inspiration to pull it out.  I made my limited attempt in this 34 page PDF article.  There are some really exciting insights one can gain as you go through these scriptures, and I am guessing Joseph didn’t have a clue how significant the phrase, “And it shall come to pass” would be in the revelations and translations he brought to the world.

It is fascinating that the Savior uses this phrase “And it shall come to pass” seven times (the number of perfection or completion) in the last part of Third Nephi where He is talking to us today.  I share these seven occurrences and their detailed relevance for our day in a lecture that I gave at the Book of Mormon Conference  on  27, September 2019.

In The Age Of Enlightenment – Follow His Counsel

This month, we will not only celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ but also the birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith, which is on December 23rd.

I believe Joseph is pleased with the enormous ramifications and the ongoing rippling effects of what he has shared with the world.  It is like we are living in the shadow of “the stone… cut out of the mountain without hands [by God]” (Daniel 2:45) that “shall role forth, until it has filled the whole earth.” (Doctrine and Covenants 65:2).  Joseph Smith’s whole mission – especially including the translation of the Book of Mormon – was and is to bring us to Christ – to know the true Redeemer and our Beloved Father-in-heaven.  To know them is Eternal Life (John 17:3) – the greatest of all the gifts of God (D&C 14:7) – and Joseph has shown us the way.

David W Allan

 

 

Moral Decay In Our Universities

As early as 1636 many private institutions, beginning with Harvard, religious instruction was woven into the fabric of student life. As universities have become secularized, the lack of ethical standards have increased among college students. This trend has many Americans worried about the decay of moral values that is evident on college campuses today.

More Harm Than Good

When Dennis Prager was interviewing Jordan Peterson as shared in this blog article, Dennis asked the poignant question: “If all North Americans graduating HS decided, ‘I’m not going to college.’ Would North America be a better or worse place?”

Jordan replied, “I believe our universities, not necessarily colleges, do more harm than good now… The post-modern collectivist doctrine is so psychologically and politically toxic. [They] deny the existence of the individual… The idea that human beings are made in the image of God, fundamentally.”  [This concept is being attacked by academia and being replaced by Darwinian evolution.]  “The idea of the sovereignty of the individual…”

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Drama of Lost Disciples

Disciples Brief Book Report

The Drama of the Lost Disciples, by George F. Jowett, a well-documented account of Christian history during New Testament times and beyond. While the doctrine and gospel teachings of the New Testament are fundamental to our faith, the vast historical information in this book is largely unappreciated by the world.  Yet, the historical information in this book is fundamental to understanding the main origin of the Christian movement following the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord.  For example, Jowett shares that Britain was the main reason why Christianity exploded throughout the then known world.

Key Players

Our key player is Joseph of Arimathea – Jesus’ uncle, who took the Savior’s body from the cross and buried Him in his own tomb.  Joseph was not only a well-respected member of the Sanhedrin but also a very successful merchant.  He had ships carrying tin from Britain to many places in the known world.  Jesus accompanied him on some of these trips.
Because of the extreme persecution of the Christians by the Jews and the Romans after Christ’s resurrection, they decided to send Joseph of Arimathea along with the family and close friends of Jesus to a watery grave by putting them in a boat without oars or sail.  Besides Joseph, this included Jesus’ mother, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Lazurus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, the blind man, whose name was Maximum, healed in Chapter 9 of the gospel of John and others totaling twelve.
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