The Sabbath and Saturday

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the days of the week? Here is my study of the origin of Saturday which is named after Saturn, the Babylonian (later Greek) god of time. See how the Sabbath Day is symbolic of a messianic time.

The process of creation is both constructive and destructive, there is conflict and harmony in the organizing process. The Creation took “work” the disturbance of the elements for six days (time). Then God “rested,” meaning there was peace between man and nature, harmony between man and man, freedom from the chains of nature and time, an express of true freedom even salvation.

The Fall brought about conflict and struggle between man and soil, man and animal, woman and man, woman and pain. The goal still remains, to live in harmony with each other, with the animals and with the soil.

The Babylonians believed in many gods. They celebrated Saturn’s day, named after the god of time and death, each week by eating, drinking and singing and acting like animals. They allowed their bodies to be subject to nature, becoming slaves to time and death.

The Hebrews, on the other hand, believed in the Sabbath, where man acts like God, gifted with reason, love, freedom, not subject to time or death. They celebrated this by not interferencing or conflicting with nature or each other for one day a week. They believed that by not working or doing anything that would interfere with time they were honoring him who would overcome time. Jesus, through his Atonement, did overcame death and time (Saturn’s Day) and was resurrected on first day of the week, Sunday.

Sunday or the Sabbath day was created to help us anticipate a messianic time. We are told that if we keep the Sabbath Day Holy God would immediately return. Sunday, the day of rest, is a symbol of Christ’s victory over time and how we, on day will live without time. We celebrate it by not working (changing) and by living in harmony with each other, in peace with the soil, free from the chains of nature and time. When time is suspended, Saturn, time and death, are dethroned and we live in true freedom even salvation.

Nicholeen Peck

Nicholeen’s Homeschool Story

Nicholeen Peck

Nicholeen Peck

When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader — and for good reason! Her proven system based on Four Simple Skills transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. Though she’s an international speaker, author, mentor, former foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens, and even President of the Worldwide Organization for Women (an approved consultant for the United Nations), Nicholeen spends most of her time at home with her husband and four children, which she knows will be her greatest impact and legacy. The fact that she has such an international influence while still being a stay-at-home mom is evidence of the effectiveness of her teachings. Learn more about her mission and methods at www.teachingselfgovernment.com.

Language is a Gift from God

Practical ways to improve your communication

My father always said to me, “Master your mother tongue and you will make a mark upon the world that will be noticed.” This statement made a lasting impression on my young heart. In fact, that deliberate communication about the importance of communication should be understood by all. In this class we will talk about 5 simple things you can do to help your family communication improve and invite the Spirit of love into your home.

Agency: Only Two Choices

This is a diagram that shows how God’s influence is constantly with us no matter what choices we make.

You’ll learn:

  • the similarity of the words “universe” and “adversity”
  • how the plan is really only 2D with only 2 choices
  • we each have a personal path back home to God

La Marche Jeanne d’Arc

 

Columbus’ Eclipse

Eclipses have always fascinated me. I was young when I read the story of Columbus and the lunar (possibly solar) eclipse helped save his and his crew’s lives. I know few people know this story so I thought I would share it today in honor of the upcoming total solar eclipse coming across America next week.

On his fourth and final voyage, while exploring the coast of Central America, Columbus found himself stranded on an island.

He had to beach his last two caravels on the north coast of an island now known as Jamaica, on June 25, 1503 because of worms that ate the bottoms of his ships.

Initially, the native peoples (Arawak Indians) welcomed the castaways, providing them with food and shelter, but as the days dragged into weeks, tensions mounted.

Finally, after being stranded for more than six months, half of Columbus’ crew mutinied, robbing and murdering some of the Arawaks, who themselves had grown weary of supplying corn and fish in exchange for little tin whistles, trinkets, hawk’s bells and other little goods. With famine now threatening, Columbus formulated a desperate, albeit ingenious plan.” 

He had a copy of an almanac with him and he soon discovered from studying its tables that on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 29, 1504, a total lunar eclipse would occur, beginning around the time of moonrise. 

Three days before the eclipse Columbus requested a meeting with the Arawak chief and informed him that:  Three nights hence, he would all but obliterate the rising full moon, making it appear “inflamed with wrath,” which would indicate they needed to help the sailors.

Just over an hour after moon rise, hung a dim red ball instead of a brilliant full moon. According to Columbus’ son, Ferdinand, the Arawaks were terrified at this sight and “with great howling and lamentation came running from every direction to the ships laden with provisions and beseeching the admiral to intercede with his god on their behalf.” They promised that they would happily cooperate with Columbus and his men if only he would restore the moon back to its normal self. About an hour later the moon slowly began to reappear, and as it emerged from the Earth’s shadow, the grateful Arawaks hurried away. They then kept Columbus and his men well supplied and well fed until a relief caravel from Hispaniola arrived on June 29, 1504. (See https://www.sciencenews.org/article/eclipse-saved-columbus for more details)

It was also on this same trip that he received a call to repentance. Check out the story in “Christopher Columbus, a Latter-day Saint perspective” by Arnold K. Garr.

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