Sunday, May 23, 2010
I'm going to do a bit of housecleaning. Here's responses to questions I've been asked "off blog" so to speak:
I don't recall the Know Your Religion instructor. He taught in a chapel on Creek Road in Sandy. I went back to my journal and his name is not recorded there.
Covenant making requires cutting. All covenants are made with cutting or blood involved. God's covenant with Abraham, for example, involved a ceremony in which the animals which were cleaved apart were symbols of death as part of the oath for the covenant. (Gen. 15: 8-18.) The ceremony essentially referred to God proclaiming that the sacrifices or cutting should be done to Him, if He breaks the covenant He entered into with Abraham. Paul referred to this as God swearing by Himself, since He could swear by none greater. (Heb. 6: 13.) Eliminating the gestures of cutting was significant in the sense that the necessity of sacrificing all things, including life, is necessary to lay hold upon eternal life. Therefore although the principle remains the same for all, those who are not acquainted with that principle will never develop the faith necessary for salvation. The ceremony used to include direct reference to it, but removing it from the ceremony does not remove it from the Gospel.
The opinion poll taken was of active LDS families in Canada and the US and involved approximately 3,400 families.
Hugh Nibley was on the committee, but he withdrew after attending only one meeting.
I do not expect plural marriage to be revived in the church.
Not every question should be answered by me. Go ask the Lord. They are legitimate and He will answer.