8 Pointed Star of Christ

Did you know the eight-pointed star is the Star of Christ?

The horizontal and vertical points denote the cross, and the other diagonal, the blessings of the infinite atonement: the only way back to the Father and a fullness of joy.

John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

3 Nephi 27:13-21 is the best summary in all of holy writ as to what is “My gospel.” We will all be “lifted up” to be judged of our “works, whether the be good or whether they be evil.”

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we celebrate the life of Hm who is, “the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)

I believe the Lord inspired us to put the eight pointed star on the cover of my book, It’s About Time, that we might invite the world to come to Christ.

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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Jordan Peterson – Combatant to Secular Encroachment

Jordan Peterson is a combatant to the secular-materialistic encroachment on Christianity. He is brilliant and extremely well-read.  Ever since he graduated from Fairview HS (1979) in northern Alberta, Canada, he has been on a quest as to why humankind seems basically evil. He logically concludes since there is this dark-side to humanity, there must also be light.

The Bible gives many answers to his searching’s. Peterson often debates atheists and the leftist in their socialist agendas.

I write this blog article because of Jordan’s innate understanding of Christianity, which are the principles he stands for.

Well-Accepted / Unpopular

Jordan has amazing popularity on the internet. Jordan is brilliant and extremely well-read. He is reaching the millennial’s in droves because of his insights. He continually has people coming up to him thanking him for helping them have a better personal life and a better family life. The accumulated good that I see him doing across the globe is impressive to me.

However, most of the media hate him as well as many university professors because of his criticism of their leftist-socialist view of life.  Peterson often debates atheists and the leftist in their socialist agendas.
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What is Time?

Time has always been a mystery in the mind of man.  When our lives are going well, time seems to fly by.  When we are having challenges, time seems to stop or at least slowdown. There is a reason for this odd perception of time.

•        Time is metaphysical – an idea in our minds.
•        You cannot extract it from the universe.  It does not exist as a measurable entity.
•        Time, as kept by humankind is not time; it is time-interval: the accumulation of time intervals from some origin.  For example, the number of years A.D.; the number of days in a year; the number of hours in a day starting at midnight; the number of days in your life-time, etc.

Time Interval

The Official Definition of “time-interval,” is the length of the second.
In my lifetime the accuracy of “time-interval” has improved a billion-fold.  The earth speeds up or slows down every day by about 0.0001 of a second in the 86400 seconds that transpire in a day. That is about nine digits of accuracy.  Now the best atomic clocks have eighteen digits of accuracy.  That is like a second in the age ofa the universe as currently science believes it to be.  When scientists realized they could extract much more accurate “time-interval” from atomic clocks than could be obtained from any astronomical measurement, the second was redefined.

This new definition states: “The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom.” (13th CGPM (1967), Resolution 1)

Since most of my readers are not from a scientific background, you may not have understood the “new definition”. You are probably wondering how all this relates to you. The bottom line is, in the grand scheme of things, our personal “Time Interval” is very short. We all face the experience of death, some sooner than others.  Our big personal question is how well have we used our time-interval here on earth?

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What Is Truth

What is TruthWhen Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Pilate told the Jews he was satisfied with his answer and could “find in him no fault at all.” (John 18:38)  Jesus had already answered this question for His disciples: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)  The early followers of Jesus called the Christian movement, “The Way.”  Jesus is the way back to the Father and the greatest of all the gifts of God — Eternal Life. (highlights mine)

He extended the great promise, “If any man will do his will, he shall KNOW of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17) In other words, if we live the doctrine He is teaching, we can know it is true by the fruits. Wherefore by their fruits, ye shall know them.” (Luke 6:43-44)

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The Resurrection Disproves the Theory of Organic Evolution

I Am a Unique Scientist in Many Ways, and I Do Not Support the Evolution Theory.



I appeal to logic, reason, reliable data, and what we can KNOW!  Most of the world believes in organic evolution – along with a large percentage of Christians — and the internet is full of information in support of this theory.

My Science Background

To give background for how I provide proof that the resurrection falsifies Darwin’s theory, I share the following.  I have been studying the sciences and how nature works for 68 years, but the most important truth I have learned is that God is the Master Scientist. I am known by many of my colleagues as the “Praying Physicist.”
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Does the Resurrection Save Us?

Is not the resurrection of Christ the most miraculous and well documented miracle in the history of the Earth? How are we saved through the atonement? Is it through Christ’s sufferings or is it through His resurrection?”  Most Christians – including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – look only to the cross and His sufferings to cover our sins as we accept Him as our Savior.  We often hear the prayer phrase, “We are grateful for Thy atoning sacrifice” — leaving out the resurrection.

Without the Resurrection We Are Damned

Does it surprise you then to know that without the resurrection we are damned!  We would be in Satan’s grasp forever.  For the early Christians who lived at the time Jesus arose from the tomb, it was such a spectacular event that they could not stop talking about it.  To see the glorified risen Lord after all his suffering and most horrendous death on the cross was a contrast that the early Christians shared with great enthusiasm.

The membership in the Church grew rapidly as people internalized the implications of Jesus arising from the dead and opening the door for all of us to do the same – along with the anticipated and promised blessings of eternal life. Before His resurrection eternal life was a belief and hope for the faithful.  With His resurrection, it became a reality.
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