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Work & Self Reliance

“In our friendly neighbor city of St. Augustine, great flocks of sea gulls are starving amid plenty. Fishing is still good, but the gulls don’t know how to fish. For generations they have depended on the shrimp fleet to toss them scraps from the nets. Now the fleet has moved. …

“The shrimpers had created a Welfare State for the … sea gulls. The big birds never bothered to learn how to fish for themselves and they never taught their children to fish. Instead they led their little ones to the shrimp nets.

“Now the sea gulls, the fine free birds that almost symbolize liberty itself, are starving to death because they gave in to the ‘something for nothing’ lure! They sacrificed their independence for a hand-out.

“A lot of people are like that, too. They see nothing wrong in picking delectable scraps from the tax nets of the U.S. Government’s ‘shrimp fleet.’ But what will happen when the Government runs out of goods? What about our children of generations to come?

“Let’s not be gullible gulls. We … must preserve our talents of self-sufficiency, our genius for creating things for ourselves, our sense of thrift and our true love of independence.” (“Fable of the Gullible Gull,” Reader’s Digest, Oct. 1950, p. 32.)

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Genesis 3

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

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Proverbs 14

23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

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Thessalonians 3

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

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– Tom Irvine

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Genesis 2:4

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In rabbinic conception, Adonai “Lord” represents the attribute of mercy, while Elohim “God” represents the attribute of justice. Both according to Genesis 2:4 were brought together at the making of heaven and earth.

Bialik & Ravnitzky, “The Book of Legends, Sefer Ha-Aggadah”

Our Words

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Forgiveness

Hurt people, hurt people. That’s how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion and cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.

– Yehuda Berg

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (See Matthew 10:39)

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When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves!

Not only do we find ourselves in terms of acknowledging divine guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. … We become more substantive as we serve others—indeed, it is easier to ‘find’ ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!

– President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985)

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– Tom Irvine

Graven upon His Palms

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Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:16)

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The Book of Mormon, Hebrew & English

Another Testament of Jesus the Messiah, Son of David, Son of God

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For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

Isaiah 62:1
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And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.

Excerpt from Book of Mormon Title Page
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Wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and also Babylon shall be destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations.

And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind– and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things.

2 Nephi 25:15-16

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And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews,
that Jesus is the very Christ . . .

2 Nephi 26:12

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O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people?

2 Nephi 29:5

And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.

2 Nephi 29:13
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I have charity for the Jew.

2 Nephi 33:8
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… all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops.

Mormon 5:8

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And behold, they (The Book of Mormon teachings) shall go unto the Jews; and for this intent shall they go — that they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant;

Mormon 5:14

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For none can have power to bring it to light save it be given of him of God;
for God wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord.

Mormon 8:15

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… the stone that was cut out of the mountain without hands …

Daniel 2:45

For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.

…and none can stay it…

Mormon 8:22,26

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And if our plates had been sufficiently large we should have written in Hebrew…

Mormon 9:33

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Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world…

Ether 4:14
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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Psalm 122:6

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Psalm 137:5
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And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews.

1 Corinthians 9:20

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Wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto
the house of Israel.

Doctrine & Covenants 14:10

And again, (seek diligently to turn) the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me.

Doctrine & Covenants 98:17

We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;

And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;

And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

And may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.

Doctrine & Covenants 109: 62-64, 67

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Come, ye dispersed of Judah, Join in the theme and sing With harmony unceasing The praises of our King, Whose arm is now extended, On which the world may gaze, To gather up the righteous In these the latter days.

Come, All Ye Saints of Zion, LDS Hymn no. 38

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And if not now, when? – Rabbi Hillel the Elder
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The phrase “House of Israel” is given 122 times in the Book of Mormon,
and 160 times in the Bible KJV.

The Book of Mormon also references the following phrases

“House of Jacob” is given 15 times

“children of Israel” is given 8 times

“tribes of Israel” is given 6 times

“Jews” is given 76 times

“Judah” is given 22 times

“the Law of Moses” (translated as Torah) is given 43 times

“God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob” is given 8 times, including variations

“Covenant” is given 154 times

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Ongoing translation in pdf format for “personal study only.”

Primary link:  BofM_Hebrew.pdf
Alternate link:  BofM_Hebrew.pdf

– Tom Irvine