The Prophet Daniel Interprets King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream -by Grant Romney Clawson
The highlighted words above are a key part of the interpretation by Daniel, a prophet of ancient Israel, of the forgotten dream that troubled Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
This painting shows Daniel as he interprets the kings' dream after having given him the details of his forgotten dream.
Daniel explained to the king that God had revealed the dream and its meaning to him, Daniel, in a night vision.
Daniel was one of the members of the House of Israel that had been brought forcibly to Babylon from Jerusalem not many years after Lehi and his family had been led by the Lord out of Jerusalem and were being led to their land of promise in ancient America. Please click on the scriptural link at the end of the next paragraph to read about Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
Before doing so, please consider listening to this scripture while reading it. After clicking on the scriptural link, scroll up on the scripture and click on the word, Listen which is on the upper left hand side of the scripture. Listening while reading will make it more interesting.
Let me emphasize verses 44 and 45 of that chapter by quoting them:
44. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
45. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made it known to the king what shall come to pass here-after: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.You will now have the opportunity of reading the personal account of the individual who was chosen by God to begin the establishment of His latter-day kingdom that was foretold anciently in the prophet Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
Please note the great care the Heavenly Messenger takes in preparing this young man, Joseph Smith who is almost 18 years of age for the huge task ahead of him. Please read all of the following.
You have just learned about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, which in Joseph Smith's later years, he said was the keystone of our Religion.
Here are three paintings and a photo that depict important events you have just read about and perhaps listened to.
|Moroni Appears to Joseph Smith -by Tom Lovell|
|The Hill Cumorah|
|The Golden Plates|
|Joseph Smith is Given the Golden Plates -by Kenneth Riley|
You may want to review later my Blog Post 20 in which the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, H. David Burton, reviewed the many humanitarian projects this church accomplished during the year, 2007, through the voluntary efforts from among the thirteen million members of the Church.
I now give you the opportunity of reading a quote from a member of the First Presidency of this church, President Henry B. Eyring. It is from his speech given at the same general priesthood session of the Church's April conference in April 2008 where Bishop Burton gave his speech reporting the Church's Humanitarian efforts during the year, 2007.
"I have seen the miracle of that growth in charity in the hearts of priesthood holders, So have many of you. And so have many outside the Church. I was in the office of President Gordon B. Hinckley when he was asked to take a phone call. He spoke briefly on the phone and then returned to our conversation. But he took a moment to explain. He said that the call was from the President of the United States, who was flying over Utah in Air Force One on his way to Washington D.C.. The president of the United States had called to thank President Hinckley for what priesthood holders had done in the aftermath of a hurricane. The president of the United States* had said that it was a miracle that we were able to get so many people, so quickly, working together so well. He praised our people by saying that we knew how to do things." (*Reference above was to President George W. Bush of the United States of America.)
Air Force One
In ending this blogpost, I take the liberty of saying that what was accomplished in humanitarian services in 2007 and for many years before that and into the future is what we should expect from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with its population growing from thirteen million members to a much larger number in years to come. Of course, this is the Lord's latter-day kingdom which is striving to do all of those things our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ would have us do in preparation for His Second Coming.
You can expect my next blogpost in about one week from the date of this one. I'll look forward to sharing things again with you at that time.
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