#LDS 1 Nephi 1:5 from Hebrew

It-truly-happened (came to pass) (that) my-father Lehi (לחי !) (went) up (implies to Jerusalem –> to the temple) and-prayed to-the-Lord, his-heart throughout (with all his heart) for-the-direction-of (in behalf of) the-people.

I learned three things:

1. In Hebrew it is directly implied and understood that when Lehi “went forth”, it was “up”, meaning in the temple or in temple-like worship

2. His praying on behalf of the people was not just as mediator, reminiscent of Abraham trying to find enough righteous people so the city will not have to be destroyed (though it tastes of that in language), but also one of actively seeking ways to help, direct, counsel, or do something to intervene, testify, or lead the people – that he was not just praying for them, but also asking what he can DO.

3. The his-heart-throughout means more than just “with all his heart”, which we would see as a one-way phrase of giving all we had to give.. It also meant the other way, that he was soft and open and receiving all he could receive – entirely committed to do whatever was asked of him.

So much packed in such a little verse!

I had to share and needed to keep these pieces for later!


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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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