Archive | March, 2016

#BOMTC 2016 Official Invitation

31 Mar

Your OFFICIAL INVITATION to the 2016 Book of Mormon Translation Challenge is here! #BOMTC

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Your invite to the 2016 Book of Mormon Translation Challenge is here!

CLICK HERE or on the pic above to join the 2016 #BOMTCCLICK HERE or on the pic above to join the 2016 #BOMTC

SHARE & INVITE your friends to the 2016 ‪#‎BOMTC‬.

Enjoy this little MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO & quote:

Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than “Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!” (Elder Richard G. Scott Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 93.)

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#BOMTC Goes to the Museum!

29 Mar

Did you know that there is a series of online exhibits from the Church History Museum featuring stories and teachings from the Book of Mormon? Check it out here!

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Did you know that there is a series of online exhibits featuring stories and teachings from the Book of Mormon?

The purpose of the online exhibits is to to supplement one’s study of the Book of Mormon. What a great idea! I remember as a child/youth thinking (and sometimes saying aloud), “I wish there were pictures in the scriptures. That would make reading them a lot more fun.” (For some reason I didn’t consider the Abraham Facsimiles to be enough…)

But it is not just a great idea for that reason. The Church History Department hopes the online series will enrich the study and learning experience of those that study the Book of Mormon.

One of the things that is so powerful about art is that it can transcend language barriers and say more than one could ever write. Consider how many people will be edified and supported in their study…

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#BOMTC: T-Minus 10 Days and Counting

28 Mar

T-Minus 10 Days and Counting to the Launch of the 2016 Book of Mormon Translation Challenge! Are you ready for blast off???

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T-Minus 10 Days and Counting to the Launch of the 2016 #BOMTC T-Minus 10 Days and Counting to the Launch of the 2016 #BOMTC

Because there are critical events that take place after the initial countdown for a rocket launch begins, NASA commonly uses the term “T-minus” at key times during preparation for launch. The “T minus Time” is the time before launch. For example, “T minus 9 minutes and counting” means that there is 9 minutes until the planned time of launch. The last ten seconds are traditionally counted down aloud.

Similarly, at this time each year, preparations are well underway for the launch of the annual Book of Mormon Translation Challenge (#BOMTC). And just as the last 10 seconds are usually counted down aloud leading up to the launch of a rocket, I like to prepare the #BOMTC readers for the launch of our study challenge by counting down the last 10 days to the launch of the Book of…

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BOOK OF MORMON DAY! Did You Post Your Pic Yet?

26 Mar

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BroSimonSays pic for #BoMDay Photo Challenge My pic for the #BoMDay Photo Challenge

186 years ago today, the first edition of the Book of Mormon was published on March 26, 1830, at the E. B. Grandin print shop in Palmyra, New York.  5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were originally printed.

Yesterday I invited you to post a pic on your social network of you with your Book of Mormon. If you haven’t done so yet, you can still #ShareGoodness and ride the #BoMDay wave by posting a pic now with the hashtags #BoMDay and #BOMTC.

Ever wonder what it may have been like to publish a book in 1830? This may not be a perfect recreation, but it looks pretty close to the press and process exhibited at the  E. B. Grandin print shop today.

Check out this great infographic shared by BookOfMormonCentral.org

#BoMday_Book of Mormon Day_Book of Mormon Central Infographic The Book of Mormon: 186 Years of Growth Original post at http://bookofmormoncentral.org/content/book-of-mormon-day

Learn…

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“Book of Mormon Day” Photo Challenge!

25 Mar

Who’s up for the “Book of Mormon Day” (#BoMDay) Photo Challenge? Great opportunity to #ShareGoodness and prepare for the upcoming #BOMTC (Book of Mormon Translation Challenge)

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The #BOMTC invites you to celebrate #BoMDay!

The first edition of the Book of Mormon was published on March 26, 1830. In preparation for Book of Mormon Day on March 26, 2016 share with the world something you have gained from the Book of Mormon by posting a pic TODAY on social media of yourself reading the Book of Mormon with #BoMDay and #BOMTC. (The funny thing is that many of us use our device that we take photos on to study the Book of Mormon, so you may have to get creative…)

This is a great opportunity to get ready for the upcoming Book of Mormon Translation Challenge (April 7-June 30) and celebrate the first printing of the Book of Mormon.

So, where do you read the Book of Mormon? Post a picture of either yourself reading the Book of Mormon or a place you…

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Easter with Esther

23 Mar Easter with Esther @BroSimonSays
Easter with Esther @BroSimonSays

Easter with Esther @BroSimonSays

I don’t want to pretend to be any kind of an authority on what I am about to share; I just want to post a couple of thoughts that I had about something significant that I noticed on my calendar this week. I’ll try to keep it brief and to the point.

As I was looking at my Google calendar, I noticed two different Jewish and Christian holidays (Holy Days) this week–Ta’anit Esther (Fast of Esther) and Easter. At first, both “holy-days” just seemed to sound the same (Esther and Easter), but the thought quickly occurred to me that they are a lot more alike than just in name.

You see, the Old Testament contains images, symbols, and teachings about the Lord Jesus Christ and His role as the Savior of Heavenly Father’s children. An ancient apostle of Jesus Christ, Matthew, had a great understanding of the Old Testament and was able to see in every detail of the Lord’s life the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. His Gospel was written for the use of Jews in Palestine and uses many quotations from the Old Testament to show that Jesus is the promised Messiah.

So, as a Christian, I have been taught to study the Old Testament with this thought in mind: “The message of the Old Testament is the message of Christ and his coming and his atonement” (Marion G. Romney, “The Message of the Old Testament,” A Symposium on the Old Testament, p. 5). Consequently, when I study the Old Testament I see Jesus Christ in the persons, objects, sacrifices, events, places, etc. (Click here for a quick list of some examples from the Old Testament. See also 2 Nephi 11:4 (2-6)Mosiah 13:28 (27-32); Alma 25:15-16; Moses 6:63).

When I read the story of Esther, I see Jesus Christ with His love, grace, sacrifice, and Atonement. To me, Esther is a wonderful type and foreshadow of Christ!

Queen Esther Saves Jehovah's People, by Sam Lawlor

Queen Esther Saves Jehovah’s People, by Sam Lawlor

This week our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith will observe the Fast of Esther and the Feast of Purim. As they do so, they will remember a time of temporal deliverance and salvation.

This week our brothers and sisters of the Christian faith will observe Easter. As they do so, they will remember their eternal deliverance and salvation.

The Resurrected Christ, by Wilson J. Ong

The Resurrected Christ, by Wilson J. Ong

 

The holy-days related to the events of Esther and Easter don’t always fall within the same week (see below), but to me they definitely tell the same story–the greatest story ever told–a story of faith, hope, charity, service, sacrifice, salvation, and more. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son!

Sidebar: I was curious as to how often the holy-days related to the events of Esther and Easter occur within a week of each other. After a little bit of research, I found that from 2016-2049 we are able to celebrate “Easter with Esther” on the following years:

Thu Mar 24 2016 Purim
Sun Mar 27 2016 Easter Sunday

Sun Mar 24 2024 Purim
Sun Mar 31 2024 Easter Sunday

Tue Mar 23 2027 Purim
Sun Mar 28 2027 Easter Sunday

*Sun Mar 25 2035 Purim
*Sun Mar 25 2035 Easter Sunday

Thu Mar 26 2043 Purim
Sun Mar 29 2043 Easter Sunday

Thu Mar 22 2046 Purim
Sun Mar 25 2046 Easter Sunday

(http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/purim http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/easter-sunday)

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