The Good Samaritain
NIBLEY ARTICLE ON THE THREE FACSMILIES:
In reference to Facsimiles 1-3:
"In Egyptian temple ceremonial, Atum makes covenant with the head god of the gods, Amon (Amun, Ahman), to whom, in the Egyptian rite, return and ascent provided the way back into the presence of Amon. The ritual cleansing, anointing, clothing of initiates, and traversing the cosmos through ascent in the solar barque of Horus all served the ultimate purpose of returning the temple initiates to Amon where, at the end of the temple rite, they would be ceremonially seated upon Amon’s throne to receive crowns of godhood." Dr. John Hall
Richard Hinckley said the following:
Some of you struggle with certain doctrines or practices of the Church, past or present; they just don’t quite seem to fit for you. I say, so what? That’s okay. You’re still young. Be patient, but be persistent. Keep studying them, thinking about them, and praying about them. Everyone has questions. I suppose even the prophets themselves had and have some questions. But don’t throw away the jewels you do have in the meantime. Hold on to them; build on them.
Did you know that the two greatest intellectual achievements of the first half of the last century, the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, are in some points in conflict with each other? They cannot both be right in every detail. These are not my words but the words of Stephen Hawking, the great British physicist. Yet scientists rely on both of these theories every day to advance scientific knowledge, knowing that someday the differences will be understood, reconciled, and corrected.
So it is with the gospel and our testimonies, yours and mine. This is not to suggest that the gospel is imperfect, but our understanding of it sometimes is. Like the scientist who uses relativity and quantum mechanics, we do not discard the gospel or our testimony because not every piece “fits” today. Years ago a Church leader used the following metaphor: Have you ever watched a stonemason build a rock wall? He will sometimes pick up a rock that just does not fit anywhere in the niches in the wall. But does he abandon the wall and walk away? No, he simply sets the rock aside and keeps building until a niche appears where it fits and then proceeds until the wall is finished. So perhaps should we temporarily set aside questions that we continue to struggle with and that we cannot quite seem to answer today, having faith that at sometime in the future a niche will appear in the rock wall of our testimony where they fit perfectly. Don’t abandon the rock wall of your testimony because one or two rocks don’t seem to fit. (Richard Hinckley, Prophetic Priorities, BYU Devotional, May 15, 2007)