Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Musing about Mysteries

When I first started this blog it was titled: "Musings and Mysteries" but then it became much more about my life as a wife and mommy and much less of musings or mysteries. However, today I must muse about some mysteries found in the scriptures.

  1. I have often been amused at the thought of Abinadi taking the trouble to disguise himself and then going before wicked Kind Noah only to say, "the Lord commanded me, saying--Abinadi..." doh! I can't believe I just told you who I was! Lesson learned from Mosiah 12 is clearly that if you are going to disguise yourself don't blow it by telling them who you are.
  2. The servant of King Lamoni, Abish, had been converted "on account of a remarkable vision of her father" so does that mean that her father had a remarkable vision or that she had a remarkable vision in which her father appeared to her? I don't know, it is a mystery to me! Lesson learned from Alma 19:16 is that English is a vague language.
  3. At the end of the book of Ether there is a great battle and the two nations have essentially destroyed one another. Only two men remain: Shiz and Coriantumr. After Coriantumr "leaned upon his sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz." Then we are told that Shiz fell "and after that he had struggled for breath, he died." How is struggling for breath done without a head? Ok, I know this is gross, but seriously, what does that mean? Lesson learned from Ether 15 is war driven by the pride of men is never a good idea and I should have taken anatomy, then maybe I'd know how one struggles for breath without a head.
I'll quit with these three, but there are many other (frivolous) mysteries in the scriptures.

5 response(s):

Amanda said...

Heidi thanks for the compliment and good vibes you sent my way. I hope that the weather here stays nice (it has been 60s) for at least a few more weeks. I fear the colder weather and trying to stay motivated to exercise!

Alisha said...

Good stuff. Jeff will totally think he is rubbing off on me when I pose these questions during our next scripture study...then I will give credit where credit is due!

Corrie said...

It would be quite a struggle if you didn't have the head, eh?
xoxoxoxo

Ryan + Angie said...

1 & 3...I have had those very same thoughts.
2...that one didn't even cross my mind. I had always thought her father had had the vision...you have given me a new mystery to ponder. :)

richvm said...

answering number three about the breathing without a head. I give the story of Mike. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATz3AdbjyRI or http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/story.php