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this is old stuff that I am keeping just in case I may want it need it.

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Related to my blog scripture indexing pages. I have the following sub-pages:


Content I want to work on next

  • on the role of revelation in reading the scriptures. See related discussion at User talk:Matthewfaulconer/Testimony related to difficult scriptures for a place to start.
  • cases in the scriptures where it says something like "thy will be done." See the following (haphazardly organized) list: Matt 6:10, Matt 26:42, Luke 11:2, Luke 22:42, Acts 21:14, 2 Ne 1:19, Jacob 7:14, Ether 12:29, D&C 109:44, 3 Ne 13:10, Moses 4:2 Other maybe relevant: "ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" John 15:7, "done according to my will" Jacob 5:75, "I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am" D&C 19:2, "He that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God; wherefore it is done even as he asketh." D&C 46:30 "thou hast sought my will ... all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will" Hel 10:5, "after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." Heb 10:36, "God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory" Morm 8:15, "And the king shall do according to his will" Dan 11:36, "And if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done." D&C 50:29
  • is criticism of fanaticism something we see in the scriptures? maybe Gal 1:14 is relevant.
  • on agency and the Lord's hand in all things. Here are some related scriptures:
    • D&C 59:21 confess the hand of the Lord in all things
    • Ex 7:3 God hardens Pharoah's heart (but JST Pharoah hardens his own heart.
    • Judg 14:19 Spirit of the Lord comes upon Samson and Samson kills 30 men to take their stuff so he could settle a wager.
    • 2 Ne 5:25 Lamanites will be a scourge to the Nephites to stir them up unto remembrance of the Lord
    • Jacob 3:3 Except the Nephites repent the Lamanites shall scourge you even unto destruction.
    • Hel 4:13 Because of their wickedness Nephites were left in their own strength; therefore they lost when fighting the Lamanites.
    • Mosiah 10:11-12 Nephites have strength of the Lord. Lamanites depended on their own strength. Nevertheless the Lamanites were a strong people as to the strength of men.
  • I'd like to study the scriptures about praising God. I get the idea that it means something we don't really do much of today--with song being the one exception.
  • How are we to understand cases where a scripture is given and in that scripture a word is used that has meaning in the language of the people to whom the scripture is given; but then, through revelation a different definition of the word is given later? (examples, endless (D&C 19:6-12, Moses 7:35), eternal (D&C 132:24, Moses 7:35, D&C 76:44) son of man, eternity, endless) (scriptures: Maybe the prophecy about Elijah coming is another example of this since the prophecy is fulfilled through the coming of John the Baptist. Also Christ redefines the law of Moses--that seems related. Also maybe Christ redefines the meaning of neighbor in the parable of the Good Samaritan. I assume that originally neighbor doesn't mean everyone. D&C 59:13-14 I believe provides a clue to what is going on in these cases. We can see from these verses how what isn't intended is for us to replace the new meaning with the old word, because if that was what the Lord wanted he could have done the replacement himself.
  • Look at those scriptures that suggest we shouldn't prepare ahead, that we should be dependent on the Lord. Compare those with scriptures that say or show we should work for the things we pray for. Also, the scripture in the D&C about how Christ learned grace upon grace might be helpful here. Also see Jacob 4:7.
  • Write up complete exegesis for Moroni 7. See the complete exegesis to date at Moroni 7 All
  • plainness. See 2 Ne 25:4, Alma 13:23, the scripture about the people in Jerusalem wanting things they couldn't understand, the scriptures about the Gentiles take away things plain and precious from the scriptures
  • the concept of hell and salvation in the Book of Mormon. They do not seem to me to be the same as the way we think of these things today. I wonder if the people of the Book of Mormon didn't have the more complete information we have about what happens after death and after judgement.