Hebrew to English: 1 Nephi 9 #lds #ldsconf #twitterstake

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1 Nephi, chapter 9, from modern Hebrew, through ASL, into modern English:


And these are all the words
my father said
about all the things
he saw and heard
while in the tabernacle
of the Lord
in the valley of Lemuel,
though he said many more things
that could not fit
onto these tablet-plates
called the plates of brass.

And now my words
regarding these tablets –
note that these are not the ones
which I used to record
the full story of my people.

The tablets I used
to record our full history
are written on behalf
of the people of Nephi,
and so the record is called
the plates of Nephi,
named after me
and on behalf of the people
named after me,
and so these tablet-plates
are also called the plates of Nephi
(the pages being called plates).

With this said,I now say
that together with the command to obtain these records,
I received a command from the Lord, our Master,
that I should make these tablets
and write our own records on them
as a certified document.

This document will be about the ministry of my people:
how we nourished each other,
and how that brought us peace
(when we behaved as covenant keepers),
and that by this (covenant-keeping),
we are claimed as His holy people.

Upon the other tablets
I am engraving,
I will record
the kings of my people,
the history of this kingdom,
the details of its wars,
and the story of
what kind of people we will become.

So yes, these tablet-books
(will be) primarily about the message and mission
(of my people),
while those others will primarily focus
on the kings
and the wars
and the quarrels of my people.

And (we already know)
that the Lord, our Master,
commanded me to do the work
of these tablets –
recording on them
and caring for them –
for His wise purpose,
and I know
that accomplishing His plan
of happiness
for His people
is the goal.

And we know
that the Lord, our Master,
knows everything from the beginning
and knows all of us from scratch.

And so He established
and prepared
ways for us
to accomplish this goal
by our own actions,
even by the agency
of every child of Adam,
and so we see the power
He has (in His hands)
to help us
fulfill our missions
by observing to do
all He commands.

And so it is.

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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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