This was semi-awkward because after we offered to help, the guy we were talking to said
"This box is really heavy..."
Sister Jenkins: "I can handle it!!!!!"
......................"Actually you're right it's really heavy...."
That's what we call "awkward turtle." If you've never heard that term before, I don't remember where it comes from... but you make an awkward turtle with your hands..
So that's what Sister Jenkins is doing.
It was great.
There is a member of the church down here that has done a lot of research of historical artifacts pertaining to the Book of Mormon. His name is Jerry Ainsworth. :) He has written a great book about the Ruins of Ancient america and the people that lived here and how they relate to the Book of Mormon and the people the Book of Mormon testifys that lived here in the promised land :)
SO since Jerry is such a researcher... he has had some models and replicas of things that the Book of Mormon talks about. I will tell you a little about the things we got to see!
1. We have the Sword of Laban.
The sword of Laban is talked about in the beginning of the Book of Mormon. Laban was a very wicked man living in Jerusalem, and Nephi is commanded by the Lord to obtain the plates and genealogy of his family. After Laban tries to kill Nephi and his brothers... The Lord delivers Laban into Nephi's hands to slay him.
Nephi did not want to because He had never killed any person before and knew that it was against the 10 commandments.
Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.
You can read more of the story here: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/4.13?lang=eng
or in Chapter 4 of the Book of 1st Nephi.
But anyways, this sword is a replica of the sword of Laban that Nephi used to slay him.
2. The Golden Plates
Here we have the Book of Mormon record before it was translated and published for the world.
God always protects records of Jesus Christ.... so the plates were found in a box like the replica that these are placed in.
Ancient prophets formed these by melting and melding metal and hammering them out into plates to inscribe on. What a process!!!!!
Since the people that are talked about in the beginning of the Book of Mormon were from Jerusalem, (they were commanded to leave because it was about to be destroyed) the records were written in some form of ancient Hebrew.
3. The Urim and Thummim
"Hebrew term that means “Lights and Perfections.” An instrument prepared of God to assist man in obtaining revelation from the Lord and in translating languages."
Learn more about the Urim and Thummim here: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bd/urim-and-thummim
The Urim and Thummim have been used since the time of Adam and Abraham!
This is what Jerry thinks it looks like.
4. Mormon and Moroni
This is a picture of Jerry and I with a beautiful painting he had done.
Mormon and Moroni are two prophets from the Book of Mormon.
Moroni is Mormon's son and this is what Jerry thinks they looked like in the time of the Book of Mormon being written. Here you see them writing on the plates as well.
5. Mayan Carving
This is a carving Jerry got down somewhere in South America, I don't remember where.
But those of you who are familiar with the Book of Mormon, and the story about Lehi's dream - you will see here carved the story about the Tree of Life!
Well that's all for show and tell.
I had to say goodbye to my sweet friend Bailee Glass yesterday because she moved to Monroe. I can't wait to find out where she goes on her mission!!!
Something about the south.
The weather changes about ever five minutes here. I laughed very hard the other day when Bibbet and Jerry (who bought us all the groceries when we first got here) took us to dinner at Cracker Barrell. We didn't have umbrellas, so Bibbet just ran to get the car with a bag on her head. :)
And I also love seeing church vans parked at Walmart all the time. Everyone loves church here, and loves God so much! I don't know why but it just made me smile to see a church van at the store..... #onlyinthesouth
Well everyone I am out of time for this week but stay tuned for next's week post.
I also got the best news this week.... my old investigator - Alexis (the sweet 11 year old who made me the Jesus cake before I left Brownlee) - who I love very much....
Has gotten permission from her mom to get baptized!!!!!!!!!!
AH! I am so happy!!!! So I get to travel back to Brownlee to be there for her baptism because I am in a close enough distance!!!! I am so proud of her!!!!
Hope you all have a great week and God Bless,
P.S. 1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.