Friday, September 30, 2016

Confounded Language

"An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven--Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever" (Title page, Book of Mormon)

What if the confounded language of the Jaradites at the time of the great tower has never been 
un-confounded or corrected? What if “language being confounded” has nothing to do with languages being split into chinese, english, spanish and all the many various languages across the globe? What if instead, confounded language is an integral part of the Lords plan? What if confounded language is actually part of last days prophecy and the return of the Lord in Glory? What if confounded language is part of our problem or “awful situation” (Ether 8:24) which we find ourselves in, and from which we must awaken? What if we—you and I—have a confounded language still? How would we know? How would we fix it? What are the promises God makes regarding this dilemma and why does He confound the language of the wicked?

What if zion cannot return unless we have our language un-confouded and receive the “learning or language of our Fathers” (1 Nephi 1-2:1; 2 Nephi 4:15; 1 Nephi 3:19, 21;2 Nephi 31:3-5; Mormon 9:34), even the "Fathers"language and understanding? What does the phrase, “after the manner of the learning of our Fathers” have to do with the phrase “after the order of”? Are they related? How? Does this relate to the promises made to the Fathers spoken of by the Angel who came to Joseph Smith in 1823? If it does, how seriously ought we take the charge to awaken to our awful situation? 

If our language is confounded (and it is) and we as a people are completely ignorant of that fact, how can we even begin to repent of this defect? How awful a situation is it to be ignorant of how you displease God and therefore remain unable to repent? What an awful situation indeed! 

“The problem we must overcome to obtain salvation is our profound ignorance. And what the gospel offers defies ignorance, subdues it, challenges it, destroys it, and leaves it in the dark. So lets try and search into, and obtain some illumination.” (DS, Boise, September 10, 2013)

How does the gospel do this? Does the gospel you follow do this for you? Does the gospel you follow give you illumination into the things of God? If the gospel as you understand it does not:

defy ignorance
subdue ignorance
challenge ignorance
destroy ignorance 
leave ignorance in the dark

then do you have this same gospel being referred to by all the prophets? If you do not, then how awful is your situation!

So lets try and search into, and obtain some illumination on this gospel that brings these wonderful and needful gifts and perhaps we will find therein, that God will un-confound our language and illuminate our understandings in fulfillment of prophecy.

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