December 31

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The Sixth Day of Christmas

By Tresta Neil

Called to Learn

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . 

What? six geese a-laying. What are they laying? baby chicks, raw eggs or golden eggs? It would make a difference. Right?

Tradition uses the six to remind the children of the six physical days of creation in which the crowning creations were man and woman. The six has been given a bad reputation because in the book of Revelations it says, the beast is “the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation13:18) This article will not focus on that, but on the positive, amazing aspects of the number six.

Think about all the six letter words, first there is Christ. Then all the seasons have six letters, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Many relationship words have six letters, father, mother, family and friend. 

The sixth constellation is Aquarius, the Water Bearer. He represents Christ as the Good Shepherd and Master Teacher sharing His knowledge in the form of water to His students (the church) represented by a big fish. See John Pratt’s Zodiac article, http://www.johnpratt.com/items/docs/lds/meridian/2005/zodiac.html

Lehi took his family out of Jerusalem Six hundred years before Christ. In modern times, there are six steeples on the Salt Lake temple and in the 1990’s President Hinkley introduced his 6 B’s. 

There are many sixes in the Hebrew culture. In the Tabernacle you’ll find six branches on the Menorah, the candlestick in the Holy Room. There are six symbolic foods in the Passover meal and six stone jars for wine at the wedding ceremony.

The sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet is vav, anciently it was presented as a tent peg and its meaning is nail, stake, hook and connection. It represents the scriptures, bridges and links. We are the vav or link between generations and Christ is our vav between us and God.

The sixth Hebrew Holly Day is Yom Kipper, the Day of Atonement. This celebrates the coming of Christ and the fulfillment of His mission. Christ died on the 6th day of the week. Don’t forget that He was both born and resurrected on April 6th and the church was organized on April 6th. 

Respect the number six! Celebration of the birth, the resurrection and the second coming of Christ are huge reasons to fall back in love with six. You will stand for the six with me?

On the sixth day of Christmas My Father gave to me
​six celebrations,
five things of power,
four family members,
three great desires, 
​two directions …

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