Shofar

Not too far from Serpent Mound is the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park in Chillicothe, Ohio. This ram’s horn is in the display case and it carries with it a very interesting cultural significance. The ram’s horn is a very important instrument that is used to practice the Law of Moses. The horn, or Shofar,Continue reading “Shofar”

Serpent Mound

This past October I visited the sacred Serpent Mound in Ohio for the first time. It was a beautiful place and the size was amazing! No picture can really describe the way you feel as you walk around such a monument. It is almost mythic in proportions! Serpents are sacred animals in many cultures. AmongContinue reading “Serpent Mound”

Sacred Space

Various native traditions and stories are associated with Serpent Mound. Mekoce Shawnee Chief, Frank Wilson, tells a story that connects the mound with a ritual of spiritual cleansing: If you count the curves in the Serpent, there’s seven of them, there’s seven curves before it gets to the head. And seven, the way I wasContinue reading “Sacred Space”

Ohio’s Mounds

This is a picture of the Fort Ancient entrance – not an easy place to enter if you aren’t wanted! The Book of Mormon supports such sites when it reads “…the Lamanites could not get into their forts of security by any other way save by the entrance, because of the highness of the bankContinue reading “Ohio’s Mounds”

Fort Ancient

The site is completely surrounded by one long enclosure mound. Approximately 32 miles northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, lies the Fort Ancient Mound Builder site. Though abandoned as a permanent settlement prior to European contact, Fort Ancient is considered a sacred space by many Native Americans. Fort Ancient people observed important lunar events. At the gateway,Continue reading “Fort Ancient”

Voyage!

The Heartland Model for the Book of Mormon, places Lehi’s landing near the Florida panhandle. In this new model, North America is the site where all Book of Mormon events took place. Relying heavily on the research of non-Mormon scholars, the Heartland Model recently got a boost from Philip Beale, a retired Royal Navy officer.Continue reading “Voyage!”

Festivals of Spring

Paul taught that “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ…” and truly the festivals of the Mosiac law are rich in symbolism of Jesus Christ, and His infinite atonement. I will discuss four of the spring festivals here. Three spring festivals are held in Abib (now called Nisan), the first month ofContinue reading “Festivals of Spring”

Law of Moses in the Book of Mormon

And we did observe to keep the judgements, the statutes, and the commandments of the Lord in all things, according to the law of Moses. (2 Ne. 5:10) Nephi and his brothers returned to Jerusalem to get the brass plates which contained the law of Moses. It is clear in the Book of Mormon thatContinue reading “Law of Moses in the Book of Mormon”

A good Age to Learn

I read the Book of Mormon at age 12. My parents had been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 6 years, and my older brother was starting to make choices that eventually led him away from it. Not owning up to his increasingly bad behavior, he pointed the finger atContinue reading “A good Age to Learn”