LDS Inc. (Part Five)

LDS Inc. (Part Five) December 4, 2019

 

Utah's flag
The official flag of Utah, the “Beehive State”     (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

 

A parenthetical comment or aside:

 

The Bible is certainly not opposed to sound fiscal principles, prudent management, and saving.  Take this passage from Proverbs 6, for example:

 

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.  (Proverbs 6:6-11)

 

Consider, too, this passage from the book of Genesis:

 

Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.  Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.  And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.  And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.  And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:  Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.  (Genesis 41:33-41)

 

And then there’s this, from the Savior himself:

 

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, aaying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.  (Luke 14:28-32)

 

The Utah flag and seal (see above) use the symbol of a beehive and the word “Industry,” a legacy of the state’s previous identity as the provisional state of Deseret, the name of which derives ultimately from the deseret in Ether 2:3, in the Book of Mormon.

 

 

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