“The great and marvelous change which had taken place”


Florida's second temple
The Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple (LDS Media Library)


There’s a new entry up on Mormon Scholars Testify from Dr. Bruce Dale, of Michigan State University.


Were you aware that Mormon Scholars Testify is among the sites now mentioned on the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as supplemental resources for teachers in the Seminary and Institute program?  See here for details and links.


I invite any and all faithful scholars, scientists, etc., to look at the Mormon Scholars Testify site and to submit their own testimonies or testimonials.  There are no specific requirements as to length or approach.




Watching the reports from Florida this morning, as people wake up and cautiously emerge from their shelters to survey the damage wrought by what one site cleverly styles “Irmageddon,” I couldn’t help but be reminded of several passages in 3 Nephi, in the Book of Mormon:


8:5 And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great storm, such an one as never had been known in all the land.

8:6 And there was also a great and terrible tempest; and there was terrible thunder, insomuch that it did shake the whole earth as if it was about to divide asunder.

8:7 And there were exceedingly sharp lightnings, such as never had been known in all the land. . . .

8:9 And the city of Moroni did sink into the depths of the sea, and the inhabitants thereof were drowned. . . .

8:11 And there was a great and terrible destruction in the land southward. . . .

8:13 And the highways were broken up, and the level roads were spoiled, and many smooth places became rough.

8:14 And many great and notable cities were sunk . . .

8:15 And there were some cities which remained; but the damage thereof was exceedingly great, and there were many in them who were slain.

8:16 And there were some who were carried away in the whirlwind; and whither they went no man knoweth, save they know that they were carried away.

8:17 And thus the face of the whole earth became deformed, because of the tempests, and the thunderings, and the lightnings . . .

8:19 And it came to pass that when the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the storm, and the tempest, and the quakings of the earth did cease—for behold, they did last for about the space of three hours; and it was said by some that the time was greater; nevertheless, all these great and terrible things were done in about the space of three hours—and then behold, there was darkness upon the face of the land. . . .

10:9 And it was in the morning, and the darkness dispersed from off the face of the land . . .

11:1 And now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.

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